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Accommodation in Gippsland, Victoria: Unplug and Explore the Best Slow Stays

By September 7, 2023No Comments

When it comes to finding accommodation in Gippsland, Victoria’s national park playground, you’re in for an unforgettable experience.

Located a leisurely two-hour drive from Melbourne, the Gippsland region offers a unique escape from the urban hustle and bustle. With its diverse terrain spanning rugged coastline to lush green pastures studded with vineyards, Gippsland promises experiences that invite you to unwind and reconnect with nature – this is the home of Wilson’s Prom and the Gippsland wine region, after all.

Disconnect from the chaos of city life and rediscover the beauty of the natural world with four of the best Slow Stay accommodation in Gippsland.


Cape Liptrap, Vic

Liptrap Loft | Slow Stays by Life Unhurried
Liptrap Loft | Slow Stays by Life Unhurried

For those seeking accommodation in Gippsland that feels like a distant Tasmanian retreat, Liptrap Loft is your perfect choice. Set on a five-acre property with no neighbours in sight, Liptrap Loft is a tribute to sustainable living, where recycled and handmade materials adorn every corner of the house. The true highlight, however, is the Japanese bathhouse and outdoor solar shower – picture yourself soaking in the soothing scent of eucalyptus while spotting echidnas, wallabies, and kangaroos from the tub.


Inverloch, Vic

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Bid farewell to Melbourne’s gridlock and journey to the Inverloch Glamping Co., an adults-only eco-friendly retreat under the wide-open South Gippsland skies. The name “Rongotai,” a Maori word meaning “hear, see, smell, and taste the ocean,” perfectly captures the essence of this accommodation in Gippsland. Here, rolling green pastures meet the untamed beauty of Victoria’s south coast, and sensitively built beach cabins, a geodesic dome, and bell tents with queen beds and lush linens await. After days of exploration, evenings are best spent in the communal Camp Kitchen—a cozy spot with a blue stone fireplace where you can relax with a book or enjoy a chat over a sundowner.


Cape Liptrap, Vic

Shellback-Stunning Prom Views. 75 Private Acres
Shellback-Stunning Prom Views. 75 Private Acres
Shellback-Stunning Prom Views. 75 Private Acres

If you want accommodation in Gippsland that offers uninterrupted ocean views of Wilsons Promontory, Shellback is your idyllic retreat. Nestled on 75 acres of unspoiled beauty, this Slow Stay promises seclusion and serenity. Dedicated to wildlife conservation, the lower portion of the property offers a chance to spot kangaroos, koalas, wombats, and echidnas in their natural habitat. The three-bedroom abode comfortably accommodates up to seven guests and boasts family-friendly amenities, including a cubby house, cricket and bocce sets, table tennis, and a plethora of board games. Even your four-legged friends are welcome here. Don’t forget to pack your hiking boots, as Shellback features a network of walking trails meandering through the bushland and past pristine creeks—all without leaving the property.


Wattle Bank, Vic

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The drive might only take two hours from Melbourne, but once you arrive at Seahorse at Wattle Bank Farm — a unique family-friendly accommodation in Gippsland, Victoria – you’ll feel as though you’ve entered another world. This pet-friendly, off-grid cabin invites you to embrace a slower pace of life, surrounded by the tranquility of Gunaikurnai country. Passionate owners, Pete and Beatrice, offer their famous oyster mushrooms and curated hampers filled with South Gippsland’s finest fare alongside writing workshops and horse rides. And when it’s time to relax, there’s nothing quite like swinging in a hammock under the shade of a towering gum tree while the kids enjoy the company of the resident ponies.

Feature image: Cape Liptrap Lighthouse by Marnie Hawson

Celeste Mitchell

Travel journalist and Life Unhurried co-founder, Celeste Mitchell, has managed to fuse her love of travel and telling stories for 20 years, and is regularly published in Escape, Travel + Luxury, and Australian Traveller, among others. While once she would have easily flitted across the globe several times in a month, these days she favours a much slower pace of exploration (having two kids under three will do that to you, too).

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