With international travel still off the cards for a long time, travelling extensively throughout Australia’s regional areas is the way to go. Regional Victoria copped it hard during lockdowns in 2020, with tourists from other states locked out, as well as Melburnian’s for a fair chunk of the year. When travelling around regional Victoria and seeing the sights, you’re going to need somewhere to rest your head, and we’re here to give you the best hotels in regional Victoria.
The tourism regions of Victoria each have something different to offer, so we’ve split this list up into those particular regions. Hit the links below to get straight to where you want to go.
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Here are the best hotels in regional Victoria.
Daylesford & Macedon Ranges
Across the road from the beautiful Farmers Arms Hotel, you’ll find Daylesford Art Motel, a beautiful motel with free Wi-Fi, parking, a mini bar, tea, and much more. Rooms also come with a late check out of 11am, ideal. No list of the best hotels in regional Victoria is complete without this spot.
A cellar door and 100-acres of farmland are just a couple of the great aspects of Cleveland Winery Resort. The historic 1887 homestead has 52 rooms, so there’s no shortage of great spots to stay in this regional hotel. It’s great for kids also, with farm animals to pet, and for the parents, there is an in-house bar and lounge.
Situated in the heart of the historic town of Kyneton, Mollison’s is just a few minutes walk from Piper Street. The hotel features six boutique hotel rooms, all with their own private entrance. A luxurious stay in the heart of Victoria.
Geelong & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria’s second-largest city is home to plenty of great hotels, but Anchor has to be the best. Moments away from great Geelong restaurants and tourist attractions, Anchor is a great place to rest your head when exploring Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, or even heading down the Great Ocean Road.
The historic Vue Grand Hotel in Queenscliff is an amazing spot to base yourself for some exploration of the Bellarine Peninsula. Visitors have been staying at the Vue Grand Hotel for well over 100 years. The hotel has a restaurant and rooftop bar which are ideal if you want to have a bit of rest and relaxation without having to travel too far.
Stay in this beautiful 1920s homestead that has three different rooms available to stay in. The Oakdene Vineyards Guesthouse is only minutes away from Ocean Grove, and the rest of the Bellarine Peninsula. There’s a cellar door on-site, as well as a restaurant (Marty’s @ Oakdene), and a cafe to help you kick the day off in the right way.
Lakes Entrance is a destination for many holidaymakers around Victoria and the rest of Australia. The Esplanade Resort and Spa is one of the best hotels in regional Victoria and is a great place to stay if you’re off for a romantic holiday or one with the kids. Relax by the resort pool or head to the beach which is just across the road. No visit to Lakes Entrance is complete without a visit to Griffiths Sea Shell Museum and Marine Display.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel with better views than the RACV Inverloch Resort. The resort is fronted by a magnificent beach, and also sits next to a wetland full of birdlife. There’s a pool, gym, and plenty of activities for kids all on-site. Plus you’ve got the town of Inverloch just an 8-minute drive away.
If you’re looking to see the sights of Wilsons Prom but aren’t up for camping, base yourself at Foster’s Wilsons Promontory Hotel. It’s old school, but a great spot to stay. Foster is a great place to stop if you’re looking to explore South Gippsland as well, but while you’re near Wilsons Prom, don’t forget to check out Pennicott Wilderness Journeys trip to Skull Rock.
Bendigo’s Oval Motel is roadside motel perfection, right down to the neon sign. Gary and Carolyn run the hotel, and keep everything to a super high standard, hence its sensational reviews. The Oval Motel is just a 5-minute walk to Bendigo’s city centre where you can check out art galleries, retail, and restaurants galore.
Dating back to the 1870s, the Northern Arts Hotel (formerly New Northern) has catered to generations of travellers through Victoria’s goldfields. Each room has its own bathroom, as well as featuring antique furnishings which tie in beautifully with the history of the hotel.
Craig’s Royal Hotel is a beautiful, and historic hotel situated on Ballarat’s Lydiard Street. The hotel is more than 150 years old and like the Northern Arts Hotel, has catered to many Victorians and travellers over the years (even claiming princesses, and prime ministers have stayed there), even those searching for gold in the nearby fields. The hotel has now been completely renovated while keeping the historic beauty of the venue intact.
A classic roadside motel, Dimboola Motel is an ideal hotel to base yourself out of if you plan on exploring the Grampians or other parts of western Victoria. Dimboola Motel is great if you’re travelling with kids. It has a pool, barbecue facilities, and is close to Dimboola Store which does a mean bacon and egg roll.
Boasting excellent views, and its own cafe and bar, staying at The Grampians Motel is a must if you’re exploring western Victoria. The motel is close to Brambuk Cultural Centre, World Class Adventure Golf, Lake Bellfield, and is on the doorstep of Halls Gap and the rest of the Grampians.
A 3 and a half-hour drive from Melbourne, the Bandicoot Motor Inn is a great spot to stay while in or around Hamilton. The motor inn has its own restaurant, and bar, and is available for conferences as well.
Great Ocean Road
Suitable for both couples, and families, the Sandpiper Motel is an ideal place to stay in Apollo Bay when exploring the best that the Great Ocean Road has to offer. The motel is right near the beach, and just a few minutes walk away from the Apollo Bay town centre.
The Mantra Lorne has a ton of great features if you’re in town and looking for a place to stay. The hotel has a family-friendly brasserie and bar, as well as an Endota day spa, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and a heated indoor mineral pool.
If you’re not taking the caravan to Torquay and staying in the Torquay Holiday Park, then the RACV Torquay Resort needs to be high on your list. The resort has beach access, and an 18-hole golf course right on the doorstep, and also has an indoor play area and games room for the kids.
Set right in the centre of Victoria near Lake Nagambie, Mitchelton Hotel is a top looking hotel at Mitchelton Estate. The hotel is on the banks of the Goulburn River and has 58 rooms to choose from for your stay. There’s a pool, fitness centre, and bar to relax in. All just 90-minutes from Melbourne. We’re not alone in saying that Mitchelton Hotel is one of the best hotels in regional Victoria.
There’s so much to see and do in Victoria’s High Country, and Bright should be high on your list when looking for a town to base yourself in. The Bright Colonial Motel has a pool and is close to Bright Chinese Restaurant, and all of the beautiful sights that Bright has to offer.
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Situated right in the guts of Wangaratta, the Central Wangaratta Motel is a great hotel to stay at in Victoria’s high country. The hotel features free Wi-Fi, children’s activities, and dogs are allowed. You’ll also find air conditioning in the rooms, perfect for a summer stay.
If you’re after a luxurious stay on the Mornington Peninsula, Carmel at Sorrento is the place for you. The accommodation is home to seven three-bedroom apartments across three levels, each with a terrace or balcony. Each room has a smart TV, and the team can organise travel from the airport if needed.
That’s right, you can stay at the iconic Portsea Hotel. After a major renovation a couple of years back, the Portsea Hotel’s rooms are sensational, and the whole thing is just a 700m walk to Shelley’s Beach. Grab yourself a beer or a feed downstairs and warm up by the fire.
Situated at the picturesque Red Hill winery Polperro, the Polperro Villas are a great place to stay when exploring the Mornington Peninsula. Each apartment has a king-sized bed, an open fireplace, and a central spa bath.
Travellers rave about this hotel in Echuca. The CocknBull Boutique Hotel is home to both one, and two-bedroom apartments, with its centrepiece being the solar heated pool. The hotel is set right on the banks of the Campaspe River and is a short stroll into Echuca.
Huge suites, a ripper pool, and all within 3km of the mighty Murray River. The Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn is a mouthful both in name, and the value that staying there offers. The hotel has a bar/lounge, spa, and is great for large groups and conferences.
Comfort Inn Lady Augusta in Swan Hill is easily one of the best hotels in regional Victoria. The hotel has 24 rooms which cover corporate rooms, family rooms, and spa rooms. The hotel is located just a short walk from everything Swan Hill has to offer.
Oak Tree Lodge Luxury B&B
Head out of the hustle and bustle and arrive in Rhyll, the home of Oak Tree Lodge Luxury B&B on Phillip Island. The traditional English garden is beautiful to look at and features the namesake oak tree. There are four suites at the bed and breakfast, each with its own lounge, kitchen, bathroom, and outdoor seating.
The epicentre at Cowes is the home of Phillip Island’s Seahorse Hotel. The hotel has a sensational outdoor pool to enjoy during summer, and each room features a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi.
Sure, it’s not actually on Phillip Island, but come on, it’s San Remo. The San Remo Hotel is a great spot to stay on the approach to Phillip Island and gives you the opportunity to explore both Phillip Island and Victoria’s Bass Coast. Grab yourself a beer and a parma downstairs and enjoy your stay.
Yarra Valley & Dandenongs
Yarra Gables features beautiful cottage-style accommodation right in the heart of the Yarra Valley in Healesville. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, there’s a playground for kids, and you’re just minutes away from the great restaurants and bars that Healesville has on offer.
With 70 suites to choose from, Balgownie Estate is a ripper spot to base yourself when exploring the Yarra Valley, and when I say exploring, I mean drinking a lot of vino. The hotel has a cafe, restaurant, tennis court, and a pool. Everything you need for a quality stay at one of the best hotels in regional Victoria.
Yering Gorge Cottages overlooks the Eastern Golf Club and sits alongside the Yarra River. There are 13 cottages on-site which range from one to four bedrooms. Each cottage has free Wi-Fi, and there is a games room and a gym on the property. as well.