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Holiday in Style: Gorgeous Family Getaways in Victoria

Holidays are meant to be relaxing, right? Long-drawn out car journeys with squabbling teens and toddlers are often anything but. So, to save you from tearing out your hair on your next family adventure, we’ve pulled together a list of family-friendly getaways everyone will love. Whether you’re looking for action-packed adventure or peaceful respite, these scenic Victorian escapes prove that you can still holiday in style with all the kids in tow.

Airey’s Inlet Getaway

Nestled in the picturesque costal hamlet of Airey’s Inlet, the Getaway resort comes with an array of fun family facilities – from swimming pools and tennis courts to outdoor heated spas. The native gardens provide a serene and picturesque setting (for when you need a little time out), and further afield you’ll find some of Victoria’s most breathtaking beaches. Be sure to visit the famed Round the Twist lighthouse – a big hit for kids and adults alike.

2 Barton Court, Aireys Inlet, VIC

Lake House

Set on the banks of the Wombat State Forest, the luxurious, world-renowned Lake House specialises in gourmet regional produce and soothing spa treatments. A haven for foodies, this two-hatted restaurant is guaranteed to ignite the senses – and it offers a tasty menu for little ones too. On rainy days, there’s an action-packed games room, but when the weather’s playing ball the surrounding Daylesford has lots to explore, with everything from horse riding to bush walking.

4 King St, Daylesford

Misty Woods Retreat

Hidden amongst lush greenery in the charming town of Olinda, the gorgeous Misty Woods Retreat is just the place to disconnect in the wilds of nature. The magical forests of the Dandenong Ranges are a joy to explore, but for those staying on home soils, there’s an impressive selection of children’s games and toys on hand for an afternoon of family bonding.

Olinda, Melbourne 

Whitewood Cottage

A charming cottage near the sandy shores of Rye, this beachside escape is fit for the whole gang. The spacious deck and outdoor dining area are custom made for alfresco feasts in the sun, while the fire pit and barbeque seriously up the ante. After a day spent in the ocean or exploring the nearby Peninsula Coastal Walk, the bubbling spa will beckon beyond belief.  

4 Paul Street, Rye

The Esplanade Resort and Spa

For families who love a little luxury – that’s everyone, right? – The Esplanade Resort and Spa is a 4.5-star haven set amongst the natural beauty of Lakes Entrance. As well as a playground, pool and tennis courts, there’s a lavish day spa offering quiet refuge for parents, and plenty of local attractions like sailing, rambling walks and water sports to keep the whole family entertained.

1 The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance

Beacon Resort

Surrounded by breathtaking national marine park, Queenscliff’s Beacon Resort offers something for everyone.The resort’s action-packed activities are custom-made for families, with a dedicated children's activity program that runs every single day of the year. While the little ones are kept busy, adults can opt for indulgence at the on-site day spa or stretch out at one of their rejuvenating yoga classes – all topped off with a freshly roasted barista-made coffee. Bliss.

78 Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff 

The Poplars Rural Retreat

With three acres of sprawling gardens to explore and a glistening infinity pool to splash around in, you’ll be far from bored at this charming Mornington Peninsula homestead. Prepare a picnic of glorious local produce on the veranda, seek adventure in the form of herb foraging, or keep it simple with a day basking on the beach. Whatever you decide, rest assured you’ll be doing it in style.

181 Mornington Tyabb Road, Tyabb