When the sun is out and the skies are blue, there’s nothing like grabbing a bunch of girlfriends and hitting the open road for a leisurely summer weekend filled with lots of chatter and laughter. If you’re in Australia or planning a trip to Australia in the summer, check out our list of the best girly getaways in Victoria to suit women of all ages. These locations and activities in Victoria are perfect for a spontaneous girl’s weekend trip, bachelorette or hen’s party and even for a surprise summer birthday getaway with the girls!
Victoria is Australia’s second-smallest state and packs in a wealth of diverse regional areas and attractions as well as a cosmopolitan capital city that is Melbourne.
THE BEST GIRLY GETAWAYS IN VICTORIA
RELAX AND UNWIND
Which girl doesn’t like to be pampered no matter what season of the year? For the ultimate summer relaxation treat, head over to Hepburn Springs, known for its natural mineral spa, and get a massage at Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa or The Lake House with the latter’s new infinity pool overlooking the misty lake.
Unwind with the girls and soak it all up at the famous Peninsula Hot Springs in Fingal. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. As part of their new expansion, this award-winning hot springs destination has introduced a unique wellness program combining the healing waters with a range of movement and mindfulness activities to create the ultimate well-being experience.
EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
Head deep into the heart and soul of Mornington Peninsula with a tailored food and wine adventure for the girls that seek out the most interesting wine makers and wine producers. For the drink-seekers, discover new breweries and distilleries in the region, with Dromana industrial estate becoming a hub for craft drinks. The area is home to Jetty Road Brewery, Two Bays Brewing, Bass and Flinders Distillery and most recently, Jimmy Rum Distillery – all of which, are perfect for a vivacious group of girls!
The Yarra Valley, one of Victoria’s premier wine and gourmet regions in Australia, is a stunning spot for a girl’s trip to catch up on the gossip while indulging in some of the finest cuisines and local wines. Foodies in the group can expect fresh local produce at Oakridge Winery or Tarrawarra Estate. Sample local cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy or get dolled up and experience the best Sunday High Tea set among the beautiful historic gardens at Chateau Yering.
Held in the historic barn at Yering Station on the third Sunday of each month, the Yarra Valley Food Group Farmer’s Market is a lively place with food tastings, lots of chatter, tantalizing aromas and a visual feast of foods, flowers and flavors. Grab a mat, buy delicious food and drinks and have a great girl’s picnic underneath the shady trees on the lawn. Definitely a MUST DO when visiting Yarra Valley for a gourmet-indulging girls weekend!
GLAMP IT UP
For a fun glamping experience in Victoria, rough it out without really roughing it out at Balgownie Estate in Yarra Glen with its sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards. Alternatively, the Big Blue Backyard in St. Andrews Beach is also a lovely option for a girls group getaway with individual cottages and a common spa and eating facilities . The plus point is that it’s only a short walk to a quiet beach.
TRIPPIN’ & TREKKIN’
A popular getaway for adventure-loving, outdoorsy women, is the famous Great Ocean Road. Rent a car and take a road trip along one of the world’s most scenic coastal drives. Trek along the Great Ocean Walk to the magnificent 12 Apostles, weaving through beautiful parks, deserted beaches and rugged coastline. Apollo Bay is the starting point for the 100 kilometers of trail making up the Great Ocean Walk. Day hikes range from short, well made paths to more challenging, full day treks.
SUN, SEA & ACTION
Summer is all about fun under the sun and sea. Book a fun group surfing lesson for the girls and ride the waves (and check out the hot surfing instructors) at the seaside town of Lorne.
Go canoeing to see platypus on Lake Elizabeth in Otways during sunrise, rent a kayak and get up close and personal with fur seals in Apollo Bay, zip line through the Otways at and end the day with a sunset ride horse-back along the region’s spectacular coast line.
FOR THE LOVE OF ART
The Silo Art Trail is truly a work of art and the best way to appreciate this spectacular mural is with your best gal pals!
Touted as the largest outdoor gallery in Australia, the attraction consists of six decommissioned wheat silos that have been converted into art pieces of epic proportions. The Silo Art Trail stretches for 200km and extends across six of Victoria’s smallest towns in the Wimmera Mallee region: Brim, Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
STRIKE A POSE
For the photo-loving girls group, make sure that your phones have enough memory space for stunning pictures before heading to Redwood Forest in East Warburton or Barmah National Park in the Hume Region. These spots offer an abundance of extraordinary landscapes and wildlife-viewing opportunities that will ensure you have a collection of amazing Facebook profile photos to choose from.
A day trip to Werribee is also a great idea for a photo-loving girls’ getaway. Make your way over to Werribee Zoo and get on board the “Safari Bus” for a more exotic experience. You’ll get up close and personal with wild African animals such as zebras, rhinoceros and even elephants in this open range zoo. It’s like being on an African safari adventure, but in Australia!
Intrepid explorers will also find out-of-this-world photo opportunities at the Murray-Sunset National Park in Mallee where you can find the famous Pink Lakes. The lakes are made of solid salt and change colours throughout the day, from a deep pink to a bright white. Pink lakes are rare, and only a handful are found around the world.
The best girly getaways in Victoria is sure to be a fun-filled experience for all. For more details and to plan an epic girls trip, log on to www.visitmelbourne.com
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*Photos from Visit Melbourne, Visit Victoria, Silo Art Trail & Visit Otways