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Winter: crisp days, chilly evenings, and all the excuse you ever needed to curl up with a book or a bold red by an open fire, pamper yourself at a luxury day spa, escape for an afternoon in an art gallery and cocoon yourself in a cosy cabin. We have all the red wine, regional galleries, fireside tables and weekend getaways you need for a winter wander.

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Wine time

Winter warmers

Warm up with our best winter reds at cosy cellar doors in one (or more) of our 20 wine regions.

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Food & wine

Grampians wine region

Swipe your finger along the dusty barrels in the 1860s cellars at Best's Great Western and get a feel for the history of the Grampians wine region.

Food & wine

Murray Darling and Swan Hill wine regions

Taste traditional wines, including smooth-drinking shiraz and flavoursome chardonnay, as well as alternative varieties such as nebbiolo and durif.

Food & wine

Heathcote wine region

The Heathcote wine region, just south of Bendigo, is regarded as one of the finest areas for shiraz in Australia.

Food & wine

Mornington Peninsula wine region

Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.

Wine regions

King Valley wine region

Knock on a King Valley cellar door and meet generations of winemaking families offering tastings of their groundbreaking Italian varietals.

Food & wine

Bendigo wine region

While red wine lovers flock to Bendigo for the now famous shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, white wine fans should seek out chardonnay and riesling.

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Fireside

Winter warmers

Everything tastes better by an open fire. Discover village cafes, restaurants and cellar doors worth rem-ember-ing.

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Breweries & distilleries

Daylesford Cider Company

A warm welcome awaits at Daylesford Cider Company. Here you will find a beautiful tavern that not only acts as a cellar-door but also offers a...

Wineries

Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Hop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines, an award-winning restaurant, cellar door, tasting room, bistro-style cafe and stunning coastal views.

Restaurants

Coonara Springs Restaurant

Coonara Spring Restaurant is a fine dining destination and function venue with extensive gardens and onsite accommodation, enjoying views across the...

Restaurants

Cosmopolitan Hotel

Indulge in a local drop along with meals featuring seasonal produce and artisanal products at this popular old favourite with live music on Sundays.

Restaurants

Wickens at Royal Mail Hotel

Indulge in a five- or eight-course chef's tasting menu with sublime wines and views of the Southern Grampians at the Royal Mail's new restaurant.

Cafes

Merricks General Wine Store

Enjoy time-honoured hospitality and a classic country menu featuring seasonal produce and a great regional wine list including local beers and ciders.

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Galleries

Winter warmers

Warm and well-lit, galleries are perfect for whiling away blustery afternoons and escaping to other-wordly places of imagination.

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Art galleries

Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop

The Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop - showing works from Australian artists with a focus on works on paper and printmaking. Housed in an 1868...

Art galleries

The Lost Ones Gallery and Basement Bar

The Lost Ones is a contemporary art gallery and bar in the heart of heritage Ballarat. Housed in an 1870s-era Masonic temple, the Lost Ones hosts...

Art galleries

Benalla Art Gallery

Experience a diverse exhibition program of Australian art spanning 200 years, including outstanding examples of contemporary and Indigenous work.

Art galleries

Bokeh Gallery

A modern, minimalist gallery showcasing a range of artwork, with a focus photographic art, as well as ceramics and jewellery from local designers.

Art galleries

Art Gallery of Ballarat

Discover the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia's oldest regional gallery, with an exceptional collection of Australian art and changing exhibitions.

Art galleries

Bendigo Art Gallery

Stop by the Bendigo Art Gallery and see works by contemporary Australian artists including Patricia Piccinini, Tracey Moffatt and Bill Henson.

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Pampering

Winter warmers

Indulge and rejuvenate with pampering treatments at warm, cosy day spas and luxurious resorts.

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Spa & wellbeing

Shizuka Ryokan and Day Spa Retreat

Leave the city behind and step inside the world of traditional Japanese style hospitality set amid the tranquil bushland of Victoria's spa country.

Spa & wellbeing

Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa

Spend a day rejuvenating body and mind in the natural mineral waters of the original Hepburn Springs spa, welcoming locals and travellers since 1895.

Hotels

Lake House

Stay in luxurious waterfront suites, choose from a range of spa treatments in the manicured gardens, or take an afternoon stroll in Wombat Forest.

From $598 - $1,804

Resorts

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa

Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa is located in the heart of Victoria's Premiere Wine region, the Yarra Valley, less than an hour from the...


From $180 - $500

Spa & wellbeing

endota day spa Red Hill

Healing, heavenly massages, fabulous facials, organic spa treatments and luxury spa packages await you at this sublime Mornington Peninsula retreat.

Spa & wellbeing

Peninsula Hot Springs

Pamper yourself at Victoria's first natural thermal mineral springs and day spa, located just over an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Cocooning

Winter warmers

Wrap yourself in comfort and cocoon yourself in the comfort of a cosy cabin, bed-and-breakfast or resort.

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Retreats & lodges

DULC

Sleep in luxury at these funky designer cabins, featuring spa baths and coffee machines, all nestled amid the beautiful landscape of the Grampians.


From $280 - $450

Cottages

Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate

Offering an oasis of luxury and tranquillity, the Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate present the ultimate vineyard escape. The three stylish villas...


From $325 - $475

Cottages

Limosa Rise

Limosa Rise provides luxuriously appointed self-contained accommodation. With ever-changing, expansive views of Corner Inlet and the northern...

From $285 - $485

Bed & breakfasts

Glen Isla House

Located on Phillip Island, Glen Isla House is a multi-award winning heritage-listed property offering elegant country-house boutique accommodations....

From $260 - $485

Retreats & lodges

Clifftop at Hepburn

Clifftop at Hepburn is Australia's number one Romantic Getaway 2017 and Australia's number one Design and Interior 2016. This stunning world class...

From $249 - $493

Bed & breakfasts

Starhaven Retreat

Starhaven Retreat (a grand design) is the premier luxury accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsula. This internationally acclaimed home on Indented...

From $255 - $1,325
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