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It's getting closer to that time of year where the leaves fall, the days get progressively shorter and the wind and rain increases but it also means romantic getaways, open fire places, slow cooked lamb shanks, hot chocolates and one of my favourite things, snow.
Hepburn Springs probably needs little introduction as to why this is a great spot, after all it is called the 'spa country' for a reason. If rest and relaxation is on the top of your agenda then this is the place to do it. For luxurious accommodation book into Saltus, visit the hot springs, book yourself in for a massage and afterwards settle in with a good book and a glass of wine in front of the fireplace with some chocolate from the nearby Chocolate Mill. With accommodation this good you aren't going to want to go far but if you must then Daylesford is only a 5 minute drive away. If you are taking family or friends then take a look at Replete. It's in a perfect location, has a spa bath and sauna and is cheaper than Saltus. With so much accommodation there's no need to be limited to these two. Click here for more great options.
Marysville is at the base of Lake Mountain and is the perfect place for a family snow play weekend away. Lake Mountain holds a family fun day on the opening day of the season, this years will be held on Saturday the 7th of June. Marysville accommodation is back up and running with a number of brand new places to stay. Have a look at Moondani Accommodation & Spa which sleeps up to 4 people for a luxurious treat, Amelina cottages is for couples and for a pleasant budget option have a look at the Tower Motel located in the main street. There are plenty of natural attractions to discover such as waterfalls, lookouts, beech forests and more. A visit to the Marysville tourist information centre will have you sorted.
Kyneton is not to far away from the city ( 85km ) and has many great cafes, historic buildings and the well renowned Piper Street which is home to many cute country stores. Kyneton is a great base to look around other towns, including the nearby Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, Daylesford and Trentham Falls. Whilst there have a look at the Kyneton botanic gardens which has 17 heritage listed trees. Kyneton has a community market in Piper St on the 2nd Saturday of the month and is worth a look. Accommodation varies between farm stays, B&B's, motels and self contained cottages which can be found here along with more information on Kyneton.
Bright is a lovely town all year round, very cold in the winter but that's because it's in the vicinity of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham which makes it perfect if you want to look around and also visit the mountains for skiing, snowboarding or sightseeing. Accommodation in Bright is plentiful but make sure you book well in advance because it's likely to be booked out. To find out more about Bright and for accommodation options click here.
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Halls Gap in the Grampians is perfect for the adventurous couple or family wanting to bushwalk, rock climb in the cooler climate and enjoy the comforts of an open fire with marshmallows come evening time. For luxury family accommodation have a look at Avue Retreat or for a romantic getaway have a look at Aspect Villas. If you're not to fussed and want to stay in the middle of Halls Gap then have a look at the Halls Gap Caravan Park. There are heaps of accommodation options in Halls Gap, to see them all click here.
Mt Dandenong is the perfect romantic getaway for couples in winter. Stroll some of the gardens, eat at one of the many wonderful cafes including Cloudhill, book a massage, visit some of the cute village towns such as Sassafras, Monbulk, Olinda, Emerald, shop at some of the many art studios and gift shops. Take a look at the view from Mt Dandenong Sky High. Ride on Puffing Billy or just relax in front of an open fire at one of the cosy pubs. For a list of things to do click here. As for accommodation that can be found here.
Yarra Valley is known as 'wine country' with some of the best located within the region. This is where food and wine lovers rejoice and the spectacular scenery makes for a perfect getaway. For couples have a look at the Balgownie Estate or Healesville Garden Accommodation for families. More options are listed here. For my list of things to do in the Yarra Valley click here.
Maldon is a small historic town with national trust listed buildings that is very quiet mid week. You can take a ride on the Maldon steam train, visit Castlemaine and all the great antique shops, eat in one of the cute buildings in the main street or look at other things to do here. For accommodation click here.