Last Updated on July 23, 2019
16 Quirky, Unique & Unusual Accommodation Options in Victoria
All over Victoria are special places to hide out from the world and indulge a little. We have sourced out some of the most unusual accommodation options from around the State.
The Great Ocean Road also boasts some awesome, quirky, and unique stays on Air BnB… we have listed 20 of our favourites.
If you are craving somewhere unique to stay in Melbourne, we have that covered too. Europe? Our favorite, funky place to stay during a 10-month journey was a warehouse full of vintage and retro caravans.
If you are heading down south to the smallest Australian State, Tasmania also has some wonderful accommodation choices.
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1. Moama On Murray – ‘River Cruisers’
A holiday on a river is one of the more unusual accommodation options in Victoria. ‘River Cruisers’ is the perfect couples retreat. Experience some adventure whilst relaxing on the famous Murray River. With all the comforts you might expect, these well-designed boats have a wall bed that converts to a day bed!
The cruisers are easy to drive and small enough to go where the big houseboats cannot venture.
2. Talo Retreat, Echuca on the Murray River
Ooooh, you’ll love this fabulous place to rest your weary heads! Up near the Victoria/New South Wales border, Talo Retreat is a special kind of place. Yurt style accommodation set in the forest close to the Murray River with so much to see and do…or a place to unwind and stay put a while…
Find the Best Price on Booking.com
3. The Pole House on The Great Ocean Road
Welcome to The Pole House. Widely known as the most photographed house on the Great Ocean Road, and probably Australia
Suspended 40 meters above Fairhaven Beach, the Pole House is one of Australia’s most iconic homes. Recently renovated, The Pole House now adds a luxuriously modern setting to a holiday experience like no other. Whilst carefully planned and crafted, The Pole House is not about accommodation, nor is it about facilities or amenities, of which it has many, The Pole House is about the experience. Picture yourself waking to the sound of crashing waves, opening your eyes to find yourself suspended above the most spectacular coastline in the country.
The Pole House has been photographed by travelers along the famous Great Ocean Road for decades and would not disappoint as an extra special getaway surprise for someone special.
Bookings can be made through the Stayz website.
4. Stay in a beautifully restored Steam Train Carriage
The Dufflebird Website offers a host of unique accommodation options along the Great Ocean Road and Otways as well as a few other Victorian locations. Each property is totally different from the next…
We recently stayed in ‘Steam’ A beautifully restored steam train carriage with loads of funky features and oozing with charm. ‘Steam’ is located high up in the Otways township of Forrest.
5. Liptrap Loft – Near Wilson’s Promontory
Another fabulous accommodation in the ‘Dufflebird Portfolio’. Set on 5 acres within 30 minutes of the Wilsons Prom National Park entry, this unusual property has a handbuilt home, Japanese inspired bathhouse and complete privacy.
6. Forget Me Not Cottages, Warburton, Upper Yarra Valley
The beautiful Upper Yarra Valley is home to these unique and fun cottages. Forget Me Not Cottages have a charm all of their own and are close to the village of Warburton, Mountain hikes and the Yarra River…
7. Sanctuary Park Cottages, Healesville
Guests have use of an undercover pool, spa and can enjoy superb mountain views as well as the ornamental lake. The cottages are located in Healesville with beautiful local drives, wineries and the world-famous Healesville Sanctuary.
8. Kryal Castle, Western Victoria
On the main highway near Ballarat is a rather quirky and unusual place to stay. Who’d have thought we had a ‘Medieval Castle’ in Australia! A great laugh and a fabulous place to stay with a family! Themed accommodation as well as an adventure park behind the walls…
9. Arnica Views, Mt Dandenong
Stunning views over Melbourne and the Bay by Day and by Night. Arnica Views is an exceptionally beautiful property, close to Melbourne… yet a world away.
10. Bessie, the 1959 Vintage Caravan, Olinda, Dandenong Ranges
Go glamping in the Dandenongs in this sweet little vintage caravan. Set amidst 5 acres of superb gardens and rainforest with miles of walking trails right on the doorstep. Enjoy a secluded walk in the rainforest area of the garden by a pretty creek with tree ferns and birds galore. With a purpose-built ensuite next to Bessie, guests can relax and enjoy the peace and beauty of the hills.
Bookings are via Air BnB
11. Vintage Van, Wild Valley, Gippsland
“Escape the city, suburbia, and crowds… Vintage caravans, camping, bushwalking, campfires, BBQs and more at Wild Valley, in Budgeree, Gippsland, Victoria”.
Book Though Air BnB Vintage Caravan
12. Cottage, Tram, Vintage Caravan 5 mins from Kyneton
Cozy cottage, 1950s caravan, and refurbished W-Class tram accommodation. The sleeping quarters, along with a campfire area and tiki bar, are set on an acre which backs onto the Lauriston nature reserve. Just 1 hour from Melbourne, 5 minutes from Kyneton and Malmsbury, 15 minutes from Daylesford and Trentham.
Bookings can be made via Air BnB – Cottage Tram
13. Woolrich Historic Gardens Accommodation
A personal favorite! Decadent, historic, divine. Set in the Dandenong Ranges very close to world-famous Cloudehill Gardens.
14. Yurt Retreat, Oxley
Eco-Luxury Glamping in handcrafted Mongolian Yurt and Red Gum Ensuite. Overlooking 100 acres of natural red gum forest & waterways with private King River frontage. Morning sun rays light the trees & stunning sunrises & sunsets are reflected in the still waters of Lake Bobbinaworra. Yarranungara offers a sanctuary for lovers in the heart of the High Country’s beautiful King Valley
Find out more details about this Mongolian Yurt on their website.
15. The Diggers Store – 1850s stable, Castlemaine
The Diggers Store, located in Castlemaine, offers a unique Goldfields experience in a converted 1850s stable, set behind an old gold-mining supplies store. Interesting artifacts from the Gold-Rush period and vintage detailing throughout, alongside modern-day comforts, ensure a comfortable and curious stay. Accommodation for up to 4 people.
16. Mira Mira Fantasy Accommodation
“Mira Mira on the wall, what’s the weirdest accommodation of them all?”
What an amazing and fun place to stay. Mira Mira captured our attention and has left us wanting to go stay there over and over again. Words just don’t do this place justice.
Bed and Breakfast properties don’t have to be boring and at Mira Mira, there is something for everyone. Mira Mira has proved to be the perfect setting if you are daring and wanting something different.
Located in beautiful Gippsland Region, just 90 minutes from Melbourne and situated on 22 acres of bushland, Mira Mira is a collection of four self-contained, two bedroom fantasy retreats where guests have an opportunity to ‘Live in Art”.
On entering the retreats, the colours and beauty will take your breath away. Each retreat has been designed to set your imagination wild and to capture the light, views and beauty of the natural environment that surrounds. The perfect setting for total relaxation, rejuvenation and romance.
Not knowing which retreat to choose, many of our guests have come back again and again to enjoy the “Mira Mira Experience”. Our aim is to combine comfort and complete indulgence with fantasy accommodation.
Places to Explore in Victoria
- Find plenty of inspiration and detailed self-drive itineraries for touring Victoria here.
- The Great Ocean Road and Twelve Apostles – Self-drive touring itineraries and tour options. Discover what to see and how to find koalas in the wild.
- Dandenong Ranges – Escape Melbourne for a day or two…
- Discover fun things to do in Melbourne