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Girls' getaways

Need to escape your routine and spend some quality time with the BFFs? Grab your besties and wander regional Victoria. Discover weekend getaways fit for pamper-prone princesses, culinary queens, avid explorers and ardent relaxers. Fill your belly with laughs and fine food. Find your feet on a mountain or in a day spa. Hang ten in the surf or in a hammock. Sleep under five stars or five million. Whatever your idea of a great girls' getaway, we have just the place to wander.

Stop. Pamper time.

Swap bubbles for the real thing and plunge into a mineral spa. Book in for a treatment or three and make like movie-star BFFs.

Top spots for serious pampering include Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula and spa country, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs – the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa and The Mineral Spa. Beachside, on the Bellarine Peninsula, Mud Day Spa and Queenscliff Day Spa will add some "aaah" to your R&R.

Food and wine

Wend your way through Victoria's 14 wine regions and let the wine and unedited conversation flow. Take a winery tour along the Mornington Peninsula and laze over a long lunch or get up with the sparrows and float above the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon, coming back down for a champagne breakfast. Plenty of regional wineries are equipped with boutique accommodation, perfect for a weekend sleep-eat-drink trifecta.

Back to school

Reminisce about the old days by going back to school. Make mincemeat of masterchefs in a cooking class. Check out cooking classes attached to restaurants, wineries and accommodation in villages across Victoria.

Do nonna proud at Italian classes at A Tavola at Pizzini Wines, Green Olive at Red Hill, and at Bendigo's Epicurean Delicatessen. Bake bread with your besties at the RedBeard Historic Bakery, Trentham and at Milly & Romeo's Cooking School and Artisan Bakery in Koonwarra, Gippsland. Go French farmhouse at Annie Smithers' du Fermier, Trentham or impress your pals with pâté at Piper Street Food Co., in Kyneton.

Think your friends can be a bit crafty? Test their mettle (and glue) with a craft class, or get behind the wheel at Bendigo Pottery.

Art attacks

Gather your closest culture vultures and hit the road to explore some of Australia's best galleries. Regional villages in Victoria have tonnes of public and private galleries, open studios and exhibitions in the picture. Take in the big-ticket galleries in Bendigo and Ballarat, browse Tarrawarra with a wine in hand, and explore galleries big and small in Daylesford.

Outside, see extraordinary, unlikely street art in Benalla, and venture to the Wimmera to see the incredible mural painted on silos in Brim.

Adrenaline activities

Sign up for surf camp and give Johnny Utah a run for his money – or your friends a good laugh. It's a swell way to hang (ten) with the gang. Surf hot spots on the Great Ocean Road (start in Torquay) and Phillip Island have plenty of surf schools and places to hire boards. Some outfits, such as Girls on Board, offer full-weekend glamping surf-and-stay packages.

On the Mornington Peninsula, stand-up paddle boarding tests the core, and snorkel tours introduce you to new aquatic pals. On the Murray, paddle at your own pace on a canoe trip or torque it up with a water-ski session.

Land lovers, lace up and take your friendship to new heights in the Grampians or hit the beach on the Great Ocean Walk. In the High Country, saddle up for a horse riding tour (with winery stops), pedal your way around (also with winery stops) or increase the speed on a quad biking tour (non-stop adventure).

Want to up the ante? Rock out with a climbing lesson in the Grampians. In winter, shred it on the snowfields: Mt Hotham, Falls Creek and Mt Buller offer extensive ski school programs, including the Mim Sodergren Women's Program.

Road trips

No-one ever grows out of road trips with friends. Pack your favourite playlists and pals, and explore Victoria's favourite trips. Take in the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians on the Great Southern Touring Route or the alpine air on the High Country's Great Alpine Road. From day trips to multi-day adventures, there's a road trip to suit almost any playlist and life-long friends.

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Spa & wellbeing

Queenscliff Day Spa

Queenscliff Day Spa is a centre that aims to provide the very best professional health and beauty services. They use only the highest quality...

Spa & wellbeing

The Mineral Spa

Retreat to a haven of peace and tranquility to indulge in a unique combination of ancient healing therapies and European relaxation technology.

Restaurants

Du Fermier

Savour French farmhouse-style cooking at Annie Smithers' Du Fermier, awarded a star in the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide.

Art & culture

Silo Art Trail

Celebrate the rich heritage of western Victoria with a journey along the 200km Silo Art Trail, soon to become the country's biggest outdoor gallery.

Spa & wellbeing

Mud Day Spa

Escape the pressures of your day and enjoy the ultimate day spa experience where your health and wellbeing come first at Mud Day Spa. Open seven days...

Restaurants

Green Olive at Red Hill

Deliberate over the all-day tapas and wine menu, visit the farm shop and join a Mornington Peninsula cooking class at this haven for food lovers.

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The Great Alpine Road

Travel the length of the Great Alpine Road, from Victoria's north-east to the Gippsland Lakes.

South East Touring Route

Take a four-day roadtrip to some of Melbourne and Victoria's most iconic sights and attractions.

Great Ocean Road touring route

Take this magnificent touring route from Torquay to the famous 12 Apostles, and on to Port Fairy.

Great Southern Touring Route

Hit the road to see Victoria's Great Ocean Road, the Grampians, the Goldfields and spa country.

Outdoor activities

Girls' getaways

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