Open season: Victoria’s regions beckon
As restrictions ease, Victoria’s regions are getting ready to welcome back visitors.
After months of lockdown and separation from metropolitan Melbourne, regional Victoria is set to welcome back the restless-hearted to our country towns, forests, beaches and mountain villages.
From the dreamy river country of the Murray to the windswept beauty of Bass Strait and the historic charms of the central goldfields, Victoria beckons. And it seems we can’t wait to get back on the road to explore it. According to the latest AustraliaSCAN survey more than three-quarters of Victorians are planning a trip to a regional area this year.
Things will be a little different, of course, as accommodation providers, restaurants, cafes and tourism operators implement social-distancing requirements as well as other measures such as contactless check-in to protect staff and visitors. And on the upside, international travel restrictions mean fewer crowds at the most popular attractions.
There will be new things to see and do too, as some savvy operators have taken advantage of the long weeks of lockdown to rethink, refresh and rebuild. For instance at all of RACV’s resorts, including further afield at Noosa, Royal Pines and Hobart, staff have been busy repainting and refreshing rooms, finishing new cabins, and in the case of Cape Schanck and Goldfields properties, preparing to open two spectacular new restaurants. Resort teams are working on a number of new outdoor dining options across the properties to make the most of the spring and summer weather and provide additional options in line with government restrictions.
Victoria has always been blessed with world-class scenery and attractions, but now after months confined to quarters and with long-haul travel off the agenda for now, there truly has never been a better time to get out and make the most of what’s on our doorstep.
So where to first? For inspiration, we asked the managers of RACV’s Victorian resorts to give us the inside scoop on what’s new and worth a visit in their backyards.