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Anniversary Time – The Top 5 Romantic Getaways In Victoria!

Wednesday, 24th October 2012

Anniversary Time – The Top 5 Romantic Getaways In Victoria!

Yesterday on Common Chaos Chronicle, I spoke about the importance of compliments and noticing each other, in regards to my relationship with MonsterSquad Dad. If you missed it, you can read all about it HERE.

On the 1st of December 2012, we will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. 5 years (and almost 10years together) of marriage and can you believe that we have never had the chance to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

The 1st year, we were dead broke and I was pregnant and sick with Levi.

The second year, my dad passed away the evening before, so all plans were cancelled.

The  3rd year was the 1st anniversary of Dad’s death and I didn’t feel up to it.

The 4th year we were broke again…..

This is it. 5 years later and I am doing whatever it takes to give us some special time together, just for us, to celebrate our marriage.

Being busy with the MonsterSquad leaves me short on time to research ideas, so I have asked the wonderful Kristy Alexander, travel writer, to come up with what she thinks are the Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Victoria.

Now, the big question is, what do we choose???

Top 5 Romantic Getaways in Victoria

For some reason people seem to think that romantic getaways are a chick thing. Let me let you in on a little secret: they’re not. Girlies do not have a monopoly on getting out of town to somewhere beautiful with someone beautiful. A dude loves some time away with his chicky babe as much as much as the next person. And what’s not to like? Awesome scenery. Tick. Good food and wine. Tick. Time with the person whose company you enjoy most. Tick. So now you just need a destination.
Here are my top 5 locations in Victoria to get you on your way and the bonus is, most are only an hour or so from Melbourne. Simply brilliant!

Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a sensational spot with something to tickle just about anyone’s fancy. One of Victoria’s premier wine growing regions you can get yourself a tasty little drop here while shacking up in one of the many chic retreats on offer. It is a famous location for hot air ballooning so give it a go if you’re game.

Hot Air Balloon

At only one hours drive from the city of Melbourne this is a favoured getaway destination for both locals and tourists.

Dandenong Ranges
Mountains are more your thing? Then no problem, head up the road from Yarra Valley another half an hour to the Dandenong Ranges. Once Melbourne’s favourite location this area is famous for its eclectic little villages which all connect by Puffing Billy, a century old steam train.
The villages have a real creative vibe going on with many amazing boutiques and galleries selling one of designs.

For those that love nature the Dandenongs are home to an amazing National Park that you can spend the day wandering through. The region is also famous for its fresh local produce so the food you get up here is superb.

Macedon Ranges Wine Country
More wine and more ranges but this time west of Melbourne. Again it’s only about an hour drive. This area is just as beautiful as the Yarra/Dandenong combination, some say even more so. It’s one of those things. It depends who you ask. Here we have the lovely Daylesford which is quite the crowd pleaser with visitors. There are mineral springs to rejuvenate in and who doesn’t love a mineral spring?
Victorians are well known for their quirky creative bent and this region does not disappoint. The location and its adjoining towns are all absolutely charming. Food is amazing with lots of local produce on offer and a number of award winning restaurants to dish it up to you in the most exquisite way.

Mornington Peninsula
Did someone say hot springs? Oh how I love these and the Mornington Peninsula has some just for you. Again you are only an hour from Melbourne – isn’t that amazing? This time there is the option of wineries, a national park AND the ocean. There are also some really cool mazes. Talk about brilliant. If you like a bit of water around for your getaway the give this region south of Melbourne a go.

Aireys Inlet, The Great Ocean Road
Hop across Port Phillip Bay from Mornington Peninsula and head south for a bit and you have Aireys Inlet on The Great Ocean Road. Everybody has heard of The Great Ocean Road and this is one part of the world that is every bit as good as its reputation.

Aireys inlet

Aireys Inlet is a little coastal town with a groovy vibe. It has quite the live music and literary scene going on and a national park backdrop. One word for this one. Exquisite.

Kristy Alexander is hopeless romantic and freelance travel writer for HotelClub. When she heads off on an early flight out of Sydney she stays at the Mercure Sydney Airport to start the trip with a stress free morning and five minute trip to the departure gate.

Do you have any other Suggestions for MonsterSquad Dad and I?


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    1. I remember going to Hepburn Springs...but that was BEFORE we were married...for a little getaway. Loved the place, ths springs was a hit. Although, I know there's one in Mornington Peninsula too. Went there with my girlfriends once. Pretty nice place. And another place I'd recommend is Lakes Entrance. Very nice peaceful place. Great for honeymooners and those looking for some tranquil couple time. ;)

    2. You had me at literary - I love TheGreat Ocean Road - I think I would adore Aireys Inlet. Joel would love the National Park, so I think the Dandenong would suit him. Happy anniversary Jac.

    3. I am so keen to head to Aireys Inlet, The Great Ocean Road. My new holiday destination maybe. Good luck on your 5th Anniversary Jacqui.

    4. I would probably go wine country but I am biased as I love wine! In regards to not doing anything special because you were broke, I think you can still do really cool stuff together, Treasure hunts, bottle of wine and pizza on the beach or make a two course meal each making a different course. Enjoy the celebrations!

    5. I'd go wine country. Hubby and I haven't had a honeymoon yet and we've been married nearly 20 years!

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