If you’re planning a weekend escape to the beautiful Grampians region in Victoria, our town of Great Western is an ideal place to stay so you can explore what’s on offer in our humble part of the world. We are only three hours drive from Melbourne with plenty of great accommodation options. You can choose from romantic vineyard stays to self-catering options right in the heart of the town – here’s how to enjoy your stay the Best’s way!
We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite places to stay in Great Western – from budget hotels and camping grounds to the more luxurious styles of accommodation. You’ll not be disappointed and soon discover the many best kept secrets of our little slice of paradise.
Miner's Ridge Railway Bed and Breakfast
101 Love Shack
As you might guess from the name, this rustic one-bedroom mud-brick cottage would make a perfect romantic getaway for a couple. Built from natural materials and boasting an outdoor fireplace (with all the fixings provided for a roaring fire), 101 Love Shack is a lovely place to relax with a glass or two of Great Western red wine and is within walking distance of Best’s Wines.
Another cosy spot for two, Viewpoint Cottage is nestled in a 20-acre property, about 1.5 kilometres from the centre of Great Western. Sit out the back on the porch and watch the resident mob of kangaroos in the paddock, while you’re serenaded by rowdy kookaburras. Breakfast items are provided as part of the package.
Best’s Cottage at Seppelt
Originally the home of Seppelt winery founder, Joseph Best, this historic 1860s property accommodates up to seven people and has four bedrooms (one of which is separate from the main building, across a pretty courtyard). Best’s Cottage is a great place to soak up the history of an iconic local winery and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards.
Vine Lodge at Seppelt
Also situated in the grounds of Seppelt Winery, this grand old homestead has room for up to seven people. Built in the 19th century, its visitors have included Dame Nellie Melba and Mark Twain. Vine Lodge is beautifully furnished, with a full-size kitchen, and the bathroom has a classic claw-foot bath that’s perfect for soaking in after a hard day’s work exploring!
This property is part of a working farm, its hilltop location commanding fantastic views of Black Range Mountain and the surrounding farmland, which is home to sheep, ducks and chooks. Kiki’s Farmhouse is suitable for up to four guests, with two bedrooms and one bathroom, and is a true country retreat.
Westgate Vineyard and Country House
If you’re travelling as a group (and let’s hope we can soon, once the pandemic restrictions have eased), Westgate Vineyard and Country House is just the place. With room enough to sleep 12 people (four bedrooms and a study with a sofa bed) and three bathrooms, dare we say this would make a terrific venue for a house party or celebratory feast? In the massive garden, you’ll also find a pool, outdoor dining area and barbecue. Amazing views for miles from every corner of the house, too.
This gracious historic property is as big as it’s beautiful, with a variety of accommodation options, including the rustic Shearer’s Quarters, which can sleep up to 20 people. Allanvale Homestead is set on a working farm, run by the fourth generation of the same family, and boasts a pool, tennis court and sweeping gardens.
Miners Ridge Railway Bed & Breakfast
Fancy staying somewhere a bit different? Well, full steam ahead to this refurbished railway carriage owned by our good friends, local grape growers Andrew and Katrina Toomey. This quirky B&B for two is situated within Miners Ridge Wines, in the foothills of the Grampians. It’s also something of a Tardis, with the interior easily housing a king-size bed, kitchenette and bathroom, plus a deck to sit outside and enjoy the view over the vines.
Hounds Run Vineyard Tiny House
Another little gem for one or two people, this property is owned and run by Best’s cellar-door manager, Lucy and her partner, Hadyn. Set among the vineyards, and only 10km from Great Western, their Tiny House packs in a bedroom with queen-size bed, kitchenette, and bathroom with shower, with all the mod cons for a comfortable stay, including air conditioning and gas heating. It’s completely off grid and very private.
Wanderlust Glamping at Seppelt
Our neighbours at Seppelt also play host to Lisa and Tom’s Wanderlust luxury camping experience – guests have the choice of 4m or 5m bell tents, or a couple of vintage caravans (called Clementine and Delilah). Set among the vines, each is kitted out for a camping experience like no other, and you can choose from a variety of food and beverage options, too.
Great Western Motel
This great-value, family-friendly spot, which is adjacent to the Great Western Hotel, offers eight motel-style rooms, plus six self-contained villas. Bonus points go to the pub’s excellent menu of hearty food and a comprehensive wine list showcasing the best of the region. Nearby Salingers Café is also a great option for breakfast, lunch and now dinner on Thurs, Fri and Saturday nights.
101 Main St, Great Western, Vic, (03) 5356 2270.
If you’re feeling the call of the wild, the Great Western Recreation Reserve offers free camping as well as powered sites for $10 per night, with coin-operated showers and shared toilet facilities.
Down Under Log Cabins
Based in the bush at Halls Gap, DULC’s one and two-bedroom ‘cabins’ offer the best of both worlds – a beautiful, rustic setting combined with all the creature comforts, including espresso machine and luxurious Molton Brown bath products, in stylish accommodation. The Treehouse is our tip for couples.
Just five minutes from Halls Gap, Boroka Downs is a truly spectacular adults-only property. Inside you have a chef’s quality kitchen and can pick your own produce from the kitchen garden. There’s a circular spa and amazing views from a floor-to-ceiling wall of windows of each of the five accommodation options. Let’s just say it’ll be hard to leave…
Royal Mail Hotel
Over in Dunkeld, the Royal Mail has forged its reputation with outstanding food and one of the finest wine cellars in Victoria (and we’re proud to say it’s a stalwart supporter of Best’s wines). Hatted executive chef Robin Wickens works fine-dining miracles with the produce from the hotel’s 1.2ha kitchen garden and from nearby producers. There’s a variety of accommodation on offer, from a cosy yet contemporary courtyard room to a cottage with sweeping views of the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd). Book well in advance – particularly if you want to dine in – and you will want to dine in!
Large enough to accommodate eight people, Hemley House is a supremely comfortable, spacious self-catering option in the heart of the Grampians National Park, in walking distance from Halls Gap. As well as lovely, contemporary interiors, it has a pool and spa, all wrapped up in a lovely rural setting with spectacular mountain views, and plenty of local wildlife to spot.
While you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by our cellar door and book in for a tasting experience. And if you’re looking for suggestions on what to do and see while you are in town, check out our local guide for our top tips. And to whet your appetite before you come, why not read up on the venerable winemaking history of our region. We look forward to welcoming you at Best’s Great Western soon.