Not everyone thinks summer is the best season. If you're more of a winter person and want your escape to be cosy and close to home, these top accommodation options offer a rugged-up, relaxing getaway.
Nestled in Victoria's Macedon Ranges, Lawson Lodge is an ideal location for a woolly winter escape. The lodge takes pride of place on a 24ha property, with surrounding bushland that's great for hiking. There is also a private nine-hole golf course, day spa, wood-fire, and mini movie theatre for snuggly dates. Modern luxury meets old-world class.
Kingsford Homestead is a 19th-century estate in the Barossa Valley. It features
a lounge with an open fireplace, an award-winning kitchen and plush suites with deep bathtubs large enough for two. You can even have an outdoor bush bath in a hidden corner of the property. This luxury country retreat is listed on the State Heritage Register because it has been a working farm. It was also once used as Drovers Run for the TV series McLeod's Daughters. The estate holds cellar wine tastings and is considered one of South Australia's best kept secrets.
A Margaret River gem, Empire Retreat and Spa is a quaint vineyard estate. The luxury property is styled in stone and timber, with soft lighting that encourages guests to unwind. There are 10 suites to choose from, as well as a farmhouse featuring an open fireplace and lounge area. Try the day spa before sampling the delights of Empire Estate Vineyard.
This list wouldn't be complete without mentioning Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Situated on the edge of one of Australia's most beautiful national parks, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this lodge is the perfect spot to embrace the warmth of a roaring fireplace. Cuddle up with a book and mug of hot cocoa and whisper sweet nothings into your love's ear. The lodge serves up hearty winter dishes, as well hosting special wine and cheese tastings.