With no international travel on the horizon in the near future, Australians will be blessed with ‘staycationing’ in our own backyard. Luckily for us, we really are spoilt for choice about where to go and stay in this diverse and massive country.
If you live in Victoria, there’s no better way to pimp up a staycation than with some unusual and quirky accommodation, of which there is an abundance all across the state. I’ve uncovered some of the most unusual accommodation in Victoria, available right now in 2021, to make your getaway feel extra special.
Whether it’s for a quick weekend or a little longer, these quirky rentals will be the absolute cherry on top of your trip. From eco huts to vintage caravans (even an old steam train) there’s not a dull, bog standard hotel room in sight. They’re also all entire private properties so you’ll have the place all to yourself.
Whilst you’re here, you can also check out my other posts about the best glamping accommodation across Victoria, magical treehouses in Australia or unusual rentals in Ballarat for even more unique accommodation inspiration!
Take a look at these quirky accommodation options in rural Victoria, Australia and also what you can do there:
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An Eco Yurt – Emerald, Dandenong Ranges
Alkira Eco-Glamping Retreat is an octagonal straw-bale yurt set within 40 acres of enchanting forest in the beautifully sounding town of Emerald. As far as uniqueness goes, this hand-made hut styled with thoughtful and adorable interior furnishings, really is one-of-a-kind. Both inside and out of the rental oozes with rustic character and a homely ambiance.
There’s no denying that this hut is truly magazine worthy – in fact, it has featured in a lot of the media, including the Herald Sun newspaper, Channel Nine’s ‘Postcards’ program and countless fashion photoshoots.
Just outside the hut is a well designed outdoor kitchen, bathroom facilities and a cute seating area.
A few metres away from the property is a beautiful creek providing you with the gentle soundtrack of nature. Alkira is a magical getaway to make your trip to the Dandenong Ranges an unforgettable one.
What is there to do in Emerald?
You’re likely to not really want to prize yourself away from his adorable hut, but if you do, there are loads of brilliant things to do in Emerald and the Dandenong Ranges:
A Steam Train Carriage – Forrest, The Otways
This classic steam train rental will take you back in time to a dazzling bygone era when riding on a train was the absolute height of luxury.
The carriage is restored with so much attention given to the original features, such as wooden panelling, chandeliers, rich red carpeting and carriage numbering and signage.
When you rent this unique steam train, you have a full spacious carriage yourself or you can share it with up to five other friends or family members. It’s a pretty unusual and surreal accommodation option that would be a great idea for a special occasion.
Inside you’ll even fire a log burning stove, a spacious kitchen and bathroom amenities.
What is there to do in the Otway National Park?
The Otways is one of my favourite regions in Victoria and there is an absolute abundance of things to do here.
Due to the temperate rainforest and the most amount of rainfall in Victoria, the Otways is an especially brilliant place to explore some incredible waterfalls.
Here are some more ideas about what you can do in the Otways:
Lighthouse Studio – The Otways
This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay on the site of the the oldest lighthouse in Australia cannot be overlooked. You can’t get much more of a memorable experience for a special occasion that this!
The 5* rated, one bedroom and one bathroom light-flooded accommodation option will be the cherry on top of your visit to the Otways or Great Ocean Road.
A Railway Carriage – Ballarat
If you can’t get enough of trains or quirky experiences then you’re in luck – here is another train carriage rental to make you feel like you’re on the set of a Hercule Poirot film!
This one bedroom carriage with bathroom, spacious lounge and kitchen is ideal for a romantic weekend away whilst exploring the ex gold mining town of Ballarat. Located on a quiet private farm, your only neighbours will be mooing cows and warbling magpies.
If you like the sound of a getaway to history-rich Ballarat, make sure you check out my other post listing even more unique accommodation in Ballarat.
What is there to do in Ballarat?
For history and wonderful architecture, Ballarat is an easy 1.5 hour drive away making it a convenient getaway destination from Melbourne.
Here are some Ballarat highlights:
A 115 year old Tower – Rutherglem
Completed in 1903, ‘The Tower’ at Mount Ophir Estate is a quirky architectural feat located on a winery in Rutherglen. At one time, this building was the largest state-of-the-art wine producing complex in the Southern Hemisphere!
This three storey building has absolute ample space for two guests and provides a fairytale base for your nearby vineyard frolicking!
The delicate black spiral staircase on the ground floor leading up to the sitting room and library, is a really attractive feature piece. The black, white and marble interior colour schemes lifted by crystal chandeliers and artwork gives this castle accommodation a truly elegant and sophisticated feel.
Whoever stays in this wonderful castle is sure to feel like a true king or queen!
What is there to do in Rutherglen?
Rutherglen is near the northern border of Victoria/New South Wales. It’s only a half an hour drive away from the rural town of Wangaratta where I lived for a few months working on a winery in 2019!
Here are some things you can do in Rutherglen:
A Treetop Tower – Belgrave
Gazing out of the stunning windows of this penthouse tower, over 270 degree views of gardens and tree canopies, you’ll no doubt be instilled with the same serenity and creativity enjoyed by many famous artists and authors who once resided in this mini paradise.
This adorable penthouse complete with its own private terrace, will offer guests a serene nature getaway.
I adore the exposed beams in the lounge tower area, the attractive and elegant decor throughout, and endless daylight afforded by the abundance of fantastic windows. I actually think this one may well be my favourite!
Love the look of this property? Then you’ll probably love my post on magical treehouse rentals in Australia!
Notel Airstreams – Melbourne CBD
Melbourne is well-known for its rooftop bars, but who would have thought you could actually stay on a rooftop too?
Notel which is ‘no hotel’ (see what they did there?!) is a series of super cool looking airstream trailers which you access by going through a secret ‘speak easy’ entrance. It’s clear that Notel is more than just accomodation – it’s a unique experience.
The urban trailers have their own deck to enjoy a beverage or two from the free mini bar. They’re also fitted with a queen sized bed and a bathroom. Some airstreams even have a private hot tub so you can enjoy the sun setting over the city skyscape.
If you love the razzle-dazzle of a city, these unusual rentals will provide the an ideal base to explore central Melbourne.
What is there to do in Melbourne CBD?
Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities in Australia (and yes I may be a little biased because I live there but I still believe it!). It’s brimming with fantastic art, great food, hipster culture, great shopping and more. Here are a few highlights of Melbourne:
A Rustic Barn Conversion – Belmont, Geelong
If like me you love wood – the look, the feel even the smell, then this quirky wooden barn conversion, Tanglewood may well pique your interest.
Tanglewood is lofty and spacious rental with two bedrooms to accommodate two couples. The huge kitchen/dining and lounge area is ideal for cooking up a feast and entertaining.
I adore the arched doorways contrasted with the harsh right angles. The arty feature pieces such as wooden mirrors and the incredible master bedroom window is a really unusual twist. It’s clear that this accomodation was hand-crafted and as such, it really is one-of-a-kind.
At $92 per night divided between four people, this quirky accomodation in Victoria is great value too.
What is there to do in Geelong?
Geelong is about 1 hour southwest of Melbourne. Therefore if you live in the CBD, it makes a really easy weekend getaway that isn’t too far from home. Geelong is located next to the sea in Port Phillip Bay so you can even catch a ferry from Melbourne or Portarlington.
Here are a few things you can see and do in Geelong for some inspiration during a stay at Tanglewood:
Cylindrical Yurt Tents – Moama/Echuca
No need to take a trip to Mongolia to stay in a fabulous canvas yurt – these large circular tents with wool lining and windows bring (a much more comfortable) nomad way of life to the Australian Bush.
With their own facilities, an outdoor deck, free hot tub, welcome hamper, bike and canoe hire, this retreat really is the height of glamping luxury to explore the Murray River and beyond.
With no one but the roos and the native flora and fauna surrounding you and only an 8 minute drive away from the town of Echuca, you really do get the best of both worlds.
What is there to do in Echuca?
A Retro Camper – Bendigo
Have you ever wondered what the groovy 70s was like? Well, now is your chance to find out!
This retro camper is fitted out with everything a hippy traveller in the 70s could only dream of. Just look at that sunbed and parasol! There’s even a record player with vinyls from arguably one of the most experiential eras in music.
Granted, the garish interior may not be for everyone, but a night or two in a vintage camper set within a cottage garden looks like heaps of fun.
What is there to do in Bendigo?
A Tiny House in the Rainforest – Powelltown, Yarra Ranges
A tiny house – you either love them or hate them. But what I especially love about this cabin, is not only the secluded rainforest setting nestled between ferns and beech trees, but the interesting use of wood inside.
I also adore the cute kitchen and wood burning stove which is not only your heater, but your oven too!
If you’re intrigued to channel your inner hobbit and live vaguely minimally for a day or two, this tiny house is a super cosy weekend stay, especially ideal for a winter getaway.
What is there to do in the Yarra Ranges?
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