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Winter wanderlust: Our favourite Victorian getaways

It’s no secret that the winter blues can leave us longing for a cosy retreat – or a rejuvenating adventure. Luckily, many of us here at Gary Peer know a few places to make the most of the cold weather. From the High Country to hot springs, read on to discover our team’s top winter spots.


Allira Skews, Team Leader & Senior Property Manager: Beechworth

Head roughly 3.5 hours northeast of Melbourne’s CBD, and you’ll stumble upon a town so picturesque and preserved that you’ll feel like you’ve tumbled back in time.

So, what can you do in Beechworth?

Well, a better question for Allira might be, ‘What can’t you do?’

‘The Victorian heritage buildings are a must. Or you can embrace winter’s spookiness with the Beechworth asylum’s nighttime ghost tours,’ she shares.

‘Then, for food and drink, Billson’s Brewery, Beechworth Bakery and a dozen other wineries are in close reach.’

We’re sold, Allira!



Deb Anassis, Senior Property Manager: Bright

Also in High Country Victoria, Bright is a town surrounded by rolling mountain ranges, picturesque parks and hiking and cycling paths.

The natural landscapes offer a colourful backdrop for Instagram-worthy photos throughout the year. But Deb especially likes to venture north during the colder months for some peace and quiet.

‘Bright is absolutely stunning in winter. It’s the perfect tranquil escape for families and couples, or even a solo retreat!’

An ideal itinerary? A trip to Red Stag Deer Farm, a pamper session at the Bright Spa, a trek along the iconic 3km Canyon Walk – and a visit to one (or two) of the many wineries and distilleries dotted around the area.

Cheers to that!



Adam Lipszyc, Head of Marketing: Macedon Ranges

If you’re in need of a palate cleanser – for your stomach and your soul – Adam nominates Macedon Ranges as the place to rejuvenate.

While there’s so much to explore (1,748 km2, to be exact), there’s one spot Adam never skips.

‘My go-to spot, which also happens to be one of my favourite wineries in Victoria, is Curly Flat. It’s off the beaten track, so the drive there is really scenic. The service there is exceptional, and we always take multiple bottles home,’ Adam shares.

If wineries aren’t your thing, though, the Macedon Ranges is still a paradise for nature and food lovers. From artisan markets and farms galore to nurseries and botanic gardens – plus plenty of walking trails, barbecues and picnic spots – the shire offers a winter activity for everyone!



Jack Taylor, Videographer: Olinda

Not one to cosy up indoors during the cooler weather, Jack heads about 41 km east of Melbourne’s CBD to wander the picture-perfect gardens of Olinda.

Located in the Dandenong Ranges, the town is a breath of fresh air – literally.

‘You’ve got the Olinda Falls hike, Dandenong Ranges Botanic Gardens, Cloudehill Nursery and Garden, and so much more. You’ll never run out of things to see. Just make sure to bring your thickest puffer jacket,’ chuckles Jack.

If he does head indoors, it’s to the famous Olinda Tea House for an Asian fusion feast. With its signature hot and cold bites, an extensive range of black, white, or green teas, and a stunning nature view, it’s the perfect place to refuel and reset after all your exploring.



Julie Kennedy, Sales Trust Administrator: Mount Buller

Ready to hit the slopes? Nestled in the heart of Victoria, Mount Buller is a classic winter destination – and a family favourite.

From the snowy trails to the cosy restaurants, it’s no wonder why it’s also Julie’s wintertime getaway of choice.

‘It’s not just the skiing. The atmosphere, the people and the entire village vibe make every visit special,’ Julie enthuses.

‘Late July and August will give you the best snow conditions. Though that is peak season, so be prepared to share the slopes!’



Billy Cohen, Marketing & Campaigns Manager: Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs

Escaping the chill, Billy finds her winter sanctuary at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs.

This iconic natural hot springs and day spa centre is just over an hour's drive from Melbourne. Boasting over 70 bathing and wellness experiences, it’s the perfect retreat from the cold.

And if you’re looking to extend the experience, Billy recommends booking its glamping accommodation.

‘Choose a tent (with either a garden or lake view) or a private pavilion. Then all you have to do is decide from the many relaxing activities on offer. A chef’s dinner, breakfast buffet, moonlit bath, massage – you just can’t go wrong!’ she raves.

We’ll see you there!



Want to find more of the Gary Peer team’s favourite local spots? Check out our Suburb Spy series for activities, food and nature closer to home!