The luxurious getaway spots that are a must-visit this autumn

The autumn holidays are looming and whether you’re seeking a weekend escape or a longer holiday, here are some desirable hotels worth checking into.

Chateau Yering Hotel, Yarra Valley

Heritage grandeur in a bushland setting sums up this landmark hotel, which offers five-star accommodations in one of Victoria’s best-known wine regions. Originally a mansion built in 1854, Chateau Yering was reimagined as a hotel in 1997. The site also hosts the area’s first vineyard, planted in 1838, and an original stone wine cellar built two years later. There are 32 suites furnished with antiques and a suitably Victorian-era style. Those wanting to stay in can dine or take high tea at Eleonore’s Restaurant, but there’s plenty to explore locally. 

“There’s so much more here than wine,” says general manager Sue O’Brien, listing Healesville Sanctuary, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, handmade cheeses and craft breweries and distilleries as some of the region’s other attractions.

“The Yarra Valley is beautiful year-round, but in autumn with the amazing colours, it’s the ideal destination to enjoy everything the region has to offer, and Chateau Yering is the ideal base to explore the area.”

Jackalope Hotel, Mornington Peninsula

The iconic bunny-like sculpture at Jackalope is enough to make it perfect for an Easter escape, but it has other virtues, too. Like its rolling vineyards, luxurious hotel suites, swanky restaurants and cocktail lounge. If the weather’s warm enough, the 30-metre infinity pool is a great spot to soak up some sprawling views. Flanked by Red Hill and Balnarring and with Merricks Beach to the south, Jackalope is well situated for enjoying the Mornington Peninsula.

There are 45 rooms – which have been dubbed ‘dens’ – all with a chic, slick design, and installations commissioned from artists feature throughout the hotel.

“Whether a luxury traveller prefers a scenic destination, food, art, evocative design, or to connect with their surrounds, Jackalope sits at the forefront of emerging and established hotel trends,” says general manager Tracy Atherton.

Adelphi Hotel, City

Fancy being a tourist in your own city? A staycation can be just as fun as a road trip. Adelphi Hotel in Flinders Lane has won Victoria’s Best Boutique Hotel award for the last three years running and claims the title of “the world’s first dessert hotel”. Sweet treats are in abundance here; from the dessert degustation restaurant, Om Nom Kitchen, to Liquorice Allsorts-themed seating and lamps that look like cherries. Upstairs on the outdoor deck, a glass-bottomed, heated pool allows visitors to swim right above Flinders Lane. Adelphi’s location places it near some of Melbourne’s best shopping on Collins Street and close to hip laneway bars and restaurants.  

The Loft in the Mill, The Dandenongs

The Dandenongs were made for autumn. The region’s parks and gardens come alive with shades of red, gold and orange, and the cooler weather suits the hilly ranges setting. Best of all, they’re just an hour’s drive from the CBD. Bed and breakfasts are a specialty here, but for those seeking self-care with their mini-break, it’s hard to go past The Loft in the Mill: a boutique Olinda hotel set in a 19th century-style bluestone building. There are nine rooms to choose from, English-inspired country gardens, and in-house massage treatments. When the temperature drops, the rooms have log fires to curl up by. 

Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay

Further afield in NSW, Paperbark Camp has treehouses, but not like you’re used to. These aren’t humble backyard constructions; they’re glamorous safari-style tents perched high above the ground. Spacious and fitted out with solar-powered lighting, soft linens and polished timber floors, each has a wraparound deck literally among the gum trees. Sustainability and getting-back-to-nature are big elements of this resort, but it doesn’t skimp on luxury. The on-site Gunyah Restaurant has an open fire and serves seasonal produce. As for Jervis Bay itself, it’s one of the NSW South Coast’s gems, with two national parks, gorgeous beaches populated by diverse marine life, and the scenic Cape St George Lighthouse.

Images courtesy of Adelphi, Chateau Yering & Jackalope

Originally a mansion built in 1854, Chateau Yering was reimagined as a hotel in 1997.

The iconic bunny-like sculpture at Jackalope is enough to make it perfect for an Easter escape, but it has other virtues, too.


“Whether a luxury traveller prefers a scenic destination, food, art, evocative design, or to connect with their surrounds, Jackalope sits at the forefront of emerging and established hotel trends,” says general manager Tracy Atherton.

Adelphi Hotel in Flinders Lane has won Victoria’s Best Boutique Hotel award for the last three years running and claims the title of “the world’s first dessert hotel”.

Sweet treats are in abundance here; from the dessert degustation restaurant, Om Nom Kitchen, to Liquorice Allsorts-themed seating and lamps that look like cherries.

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