There’s nothing better than planning a trip with your girl gang. Who better to share a bottle of bubbly (or several), eat all the cheese humanly possible, then finish off the night with a long soak (with another glass of bubbly) in the steaming hot tub? And the best bit — and most importantly — you get to spend quality time with those whose friendships you value the most.
So if you’re in desperate need of a girls weekend away in Melbourne and would like to do something a little different — take inspiration from our top picks of girly getaways around Victoria, that are guaranteed to create many memorable moments ahead.
Don’t forget to share this list to the group, and may the idea with the most votes win!
1. Take a Trip to France: Trentham
If booking a girls’ trip to France sounds like an unachievable dream, then a trip to The French House in the quiet rural village of Trentham may just have to do (for now). This luxury country retreat accommodates eight guests, which makes it perfect for a group of gals on the lookout for a European getaway minus the jet lag. Here you’ll fall in love with the French provincial interiors, the bright blue shutters on the windows, the smell of lavender from the garden and the private tennis court. And the bonus? There’s a Pinot Noir vineyard at the back. Winning.
2. Bathe in Hot Springs: Mornington Peninsula
Whether it’s a hens party or a just a girls weekend away in Melbourne with your girls, a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs is a unique way to reconnect with your girlfriends in a truly holistic setting. There are 20 different hot springs for bathing on site, along with many other natural healing experiences, including a cave pool, an underground sauna, and a reflexology walk. This option will also likely involve wearing robes with your friends for most of the day, and if you ask us, it doesn’t get much better than that.
3. Go Glamping - Various Locations
Girls gone glamping — it's got a certain ring to it, doesn't it? Heck, you can even make it your hashtag for the weekend. It’s no secret that glamping has become quite the trend, after all, it’s got all the excitement of sleeping in the great outdoors without the annoying task of setting up and slumming it in sleeping bags. And although there are plenty of glamping options available in Victoria, the best one that caters for a group of gals may just be Twilight Glamping. Imagine a row of beautiful bell tents, all set up in your selected location anywhere in Victoria, or close to their homebase, along the Great Ocean Road. Now all there’s left to do is catch up with your faves over a crackling fire, with a hot chocolate in hand.
4. Enjoy a Unique Staycation - Melbourne
Whilst we’re on the glamping theme, why not gather your girl gang for a truly unique staycation in Melbourne’s Notel— a rooftop Airstream trailer park located along Flinders Lane. One of the best places for a girls weekend in Melbourne, this quirky accommodation stay features six repurposed luxury American Airstream caravans, all sporting a Barbie-pink and bright-red interior. And although the name might be telling that this offering is indeed “Not a hotel”, there’s still a comfortable queen bed and free mini bar up for grabs. Ideally, you and your friends can book a few of the vans next to each other, and as a bonus, you can opt for the ‘Notel with Benefits’ option which grants you the exclusive van with its very own private deck and outdoor spa with city views.
5. Winery Hop - Yarra Valley
If your weekend didn’t include wine and cheese, did you even have a girls’ weekend in Melbourne? We’re going to say no. For all this and more, head to the birthplace of Victoria's wine industry, the beautiful Yarra Valley. Here you can spend the day winery hopping, sitting for long lazy lunches, and of course, you can’t leave without getting a photo of the girls in front of rows upon rows of vines. There are many choices of wineries to add to the itinerary during your visit, but do make sure to add Domaine Chandon and Zonzo Estate on the list as a must.
There are so many places to head for a girls weekend in Melbourne, and here, we're just touching at the surface. For more great ideas on where you should be heading with your gals, be sure to check out 10 of the Best Victorian Country Escapes and A Girls Guide to a Weekend Getaway in Daylesford.