THE Easter long weekend is a great opportunity to get out and about. Zoe Law offers some inspiration for getaways around Melbourne including glamping adventures on Phillip Island, hot springs and horse riding on the Mornington Peninsula, and wine and dining experiences at the Yarra Valley.
Glamping (Phillip Island)
If you like the idea of the great outdoors, but can’t bear the thought of leaving your creature comforts, glamping on Philip Island might be the perfect solution for you. As the name suggests, it’s a glamorous take on traditional camping. Instead of a tent, you get to bed down in a “glamping pod” which comes complete with a comfy bed, mini fridge, kettle, toaster, crockery and glassware. There are also onsite facilities you can access including showers, laundry, internet and wi-fi.
Pricing starts from $150 per night and there are a number of packages you can choose from. Head to the MyCoastline website for more information.
Peninsula Hot Springs (Mornington Peninsula)
The Peninsula Hot Springs at Mornington Peninsula is the perfect getaway with friends as the weather begins to cool.
It’s the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria, just 90 minutes from Melbourne, and the Bath House offers some 20 incredible experiences including a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), sauna, cold plunge pools, massaging thermal mineral showers and hilltop pool.
For some extra indulgence, you can book yourself in for a spa treatment while you’re there.
It’s a popular destination during holidays periods, and it’s essential to pre-book.
For more information and bookings, head to the Peninsula Hot Springs website.
Horseback Winery Tour (Mornington Peninsula)
In addition to the hot springs, you can also book yourself in for a Horseback Winery Tour on the Morning Peninsula over the Easter weekend.
Sign up for their three-hour tour which takes you on horseback through the picturesque vineyard region of Red Hill and Main Ridge for wine tastings at $170 per person.
If you’ve never ridden a horse before, don’t fret. The tour is suitable for beginners, as you’ll be accompanied by an accomplished guide and a gentle, well-trained horse.
For more information and bookings, head to the Horseback Morning Peninsula Australia website.
Wine and dine (Yarra Valley)
A stone’s throw from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is home to more than 70 wineries, from household names like DeBortoli, Fergusson and Yering Station, to new favourites like Punt Road and Mandala Wines.
For a fine dining experience to remember, reserve yourself a table at a winery restaurant and take in stunning views of the surrounds while you enjoy the region’s freshest seasonal produce.
For those who intend to drive, do make sure you have a designated driver, otherwise a winery tour might be the best way to go.
For more information about the Yarra Valley, head to the Visit Victoria website.