4.5
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What We Love

  • The 23-foot-tall jackalope (part antelope, part jack rabbit) that greets guests at the entrance
  • Complimentary minibars (sadly not including wine)
  • The drinking water is rainwater, collected in barrels
  • Swimming up to the edge of the infinity pool to get the best view of the vines

What To Know

  • Breakfast is included
  • Only 20 of the 42 rooms have vineyard views
  • Semi-transparent walls mean the bathrooms are not entirely private
  • Free WiFi
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Overview

Futuristic design hotel in a vineyard near Melbourne, with installation art and two buzzy restaurants

The Lowdown

A restored brick cottage is now just a part of a black metal exterior that looks like the coolest Amish barn in existence. The Jackalope, set in the middle of 27 hectares of vines in the Mornington Peninsula (a costal wine region that’s a popular weekend getaway for Melburnians), is a destination hotel for wine lovers, foodies and anyone who loves lounging by a sleek infinity pool sipping a cocktail. Palettes of steel grey and black make the rooms look like Star Trek cabins, but they’re laden with comforts: think Japanese soaking tubs, double vanities, Bose speakers and king-sized beds. Dining options are excellent: the casual but cool Rare Hare, with its bevy of local produce and long wine list; the sci-fi-esque Flaggerdoot, a cocktail lounge that looks like the workshop of a space-age alchemist; and Doot Doot Doot, seasonal fine dining under a Jan Flook-designed, 10,000-lamp chandelier that represents the bubbling sensation of fermenting wine.

In the Area

The immediate area surrounding Jackalope is mostly farmland and vineyards, so if you feel the need for more activity than the hotel can offer, you’ll need a car. It’s a 20-minute drive north to the McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Garden, an outdoor art space with 100 sculptures scattered among the trees. There are free tours here two days a week. Two wineries are within 15 minutes’ drive: both Polperro and Montalto make good Peninsula wines and both have sophisticated restaurants that make an excellent destination for an afternoon out. The Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track, a 25-minute drive to the south, follows the coast line along the cliffs and boasts fantastic ocean views and you’ll probably see a kangaroo or two. Fun fact: the film Where the Wild Things Are was filmed here.

How to Get There

Jackalope Hotel
166 Balnarring Road
Merricks North, 3926 Australia

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 181 Reviews
OUTSTANDING
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I started our 2 week honeymoon in Australia at the Jackalope Hotel and we were both so happy we did. The hotel itself is gorgeous! We stayed in a lair and we were truly spoiled. The views were stunning and the customer service was top notch. We ate at both the Rare Hare and Doot Doot Doot and both meals were delicious. We highly recommend Doot Doot Doot with the premium wine pairing, it was a wonderful experience. We didn't want to leave the Jackalope and kept talking about it our entire trip. It is a beautifully secluded hotel where you can relax and unwind. I would LOVE to go back!

Brilliant
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fantastic hotel, amazing food wine.
Can't fault the place at all, constant great service with bells and whistles.
Food and restaurant service is as good as any where in Victoria. Attention to detail for guest amenity is excellent.

My happy place!
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my third visit to Jackalope and it just gets better each time! We enjoyed a long lunch at Rare Hare with a table overlooking the vineyard on the most perfect sunny autumn day! The staff were super helpful with arranging a visit to a wildlife sanctuary which my Swiss friend was desperate to see and it was a true highlight of his visit to Australia! The next highlight was dining at the chef's table at Doot Doot Doot! WOW! what a dining experience! The Chef and team deserve all the awards and accolades as it was truly a memorable experience and the sommelier had us entertained with his eloquent stories of each wine we sampled! Jackalope is the perfect place to explore the Mornington Peninsula from and the most amazing room to wake up in!! Cant wait for my next visit!

Worth visiting unique winery experience
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location and winery offering many different dining and experience options. However the hotel is claimed to be 5 stars but needs to improve some areas of service in order to truely impress. The doot doot restaurant food and service is really good

Wonderful getaway
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be given a voucher which included accommodation, dinner at Doot Doot Doot and breakfast the next morning. The welcome drink was an unexpected treat, as was the complimentary bottle of bubbles in our room. We had a lovely room overlooking the vineyard. The room was very clean, welcoming and inviting. The bed was most comfortable and the shower was great.
Our dinner at Doot Doot Doot was fantastic and breakfast the next morning was also a treat. All of the staff from reception, dining and breakfast were outstanding.
Jackalope is not cheap but the experience is wonderful and I’m sure we will be back.
Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.