Winter getaways in Victoria for a cosy weekend away

Take a walk around scenic Lake Daylesford

Although the weather is frosty, there are so many places in Victoria to explore this winter.  

The fun doesn’t stop in Victoria’s cooler months, there is still so much to explore and do. This is our guide if you are thinking of having a weekend away in Victoria.


Situated in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range, Daylesford will certainly feed the soul and put your mind at ease.

Famous for its spa retreats, mineral springs and world class accommodation, Daylesford is one of the best places to relax in Victoria.

Having been awarded the most food and wine awards per capita than any other region, Daylesford offers plenty of exquisite dining options, tapping into fresh local produce and wineries.


An exterior photo of Forrest’s famous brewery, taken as the sun is going down with patrons sitting at an outside tableHead inland from the Great Ocean Road and discover the unique village of Forrest.

Known as the gateway to The Otways, jump on a mountain bike and explore the 60 kilometres of track that sweeps around the town.

Once you have worked up a sweat, reward yourself by indulging in the many food and dining options including the Forrest Brewery, which showcases local produce and beer.


A photo of Castlemaine’s historic streetscapes on a sunny day with a clear blue skyBe transported back to the gold rush period and soak up Castlemaine’s historic streetscapes.

Immerse yourself in one of Victoria’s oldest botanical gardens or walk-through Castlemaine’s Diggings Heritage Park, which harbours fascinating tales of the area’s golden past.

If you are after something to please the eyes you won’t have to look far, as Castlemaine’s Art Gallery and Museum will keep you captivated. You can also head to the art space ‘Lot 19’, which includes a theatre, contemporary art gallery and outdoor sculpture park.


A photo of Noojee’s trestle bridge from the side with a view of the long support beams and surrounding treesNestled on the banks of the Latrobe River, Noojee will leave any nature lover satisfied with plenty of outdoor activities on offer for all ages.

Just a short drive from Mount Baw Baw’s Alpine Village, Noojee is surrounded by dense mountain forests and exciting walking trails. Be sure to check out the Toorongo Falls Reserve for spectacular views of waterfalls.

Make the most of winter by heading up to Mt Baw Baw and hit the snowfields to learn how to ski or toboggan.

Aireys Inlet

A photo of Aireys Inlet’s lighthouse in the distance, with a long round and four figures walking in the foreground on a sunny dayThe beach isn’t just for the summer! Located at the front door of the Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet is proof you don’t need your bathers to enjoy yourself at this seaside town.

Head to the famous Split Point Lighthouse where you can take in 360-degree views of the coastline and have the chance to spot a dolphin or whale. Afterwards be sure to try the Lighthouse Tea Room’s famous scones with jam and cream!

There are many walking paths throughout the town to explore which cater to a wide range of abilities, including the Moggs Creek ocean view circuit walk which rewards visitors with remarkable views.

Red Hill

A photo of the grape vines on trellises at Red Hill's wineryOne hour away from Melbourne lies Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. An epicurean hub filled with world class food and wine options; your tastebuds will thank you for visiting.

With so many beautiful wineries such as Montalto and Mont Rouge Estate at your fingertips you will no doubt go back for more.

There are food and wine tours that explore local produce and the scenic region. For those with a sense of adventure, you can explore the vineyard region on horseback and stop for cheese and wine!

For more information on places to visit in Victoria this winter, check out Visit Victoria.