Australians and visitors to Australia spend a lot of time at the beach. It makes sense that tourists to Victoria will want to do the same during the warmer months of the year.
Victoria boasts almost 2,000 kilometres of coastline, and literally hundreds of accommodation options along it. Choose from raw and original beach shacks just a hop, skip and jump from the sand, budget caravan park and camping ground accommodation, luxury and opulent hotel experiences, and everything in between.
- Mornington Peninsula
It's Melbourne's playground. The Mornington Peninsula is easily accessible from the city and provides a range of beach experiences. Accommodation ranges from stunning beach houses with million dollar views to laid back caravan parks on the foreshore. Most of the bay coastline is lined with sandy beaches where there are safe swimming areas - perfect for children. For those looking for waves, the ocean coastline at the southern end of the peninsula is where all the surfing action is.
- Phillip Island
- Phillip Island is probably one of the most frequented beach escapes in Victoria for those wanting to get well away from the city. It has the full gamut of accommodation at your disposal, with long-term rental self-contained apartments to large holiday homes that you can hire for your family for a few weeks of escape near the water's edge.
- Lakes Entrance
- At Lakes Entrance, there is something on offer for everyone in terms of holiday experience and accommodation with facilities to suit honeymooners, couples seeking a beach retreat, and family beach holidays. With the endless stretch of sand known as the 90 Mile Beach and a vast network of inland waterways known as the Gippsland Lakes, Lakes Entrance has it all.
- To really get away from it all, stay at one of Gippsland's many quiet and isolated beach locations. An ideal spot is at one of the several small communities fronting Waratah Bay which is just to the west of Wilsons Promontory. There's Walkerville, set amongst limestone cliffs and close to Cape Liptrap and its lighthouse, Sandy Point with its beautiful beaches and large supply of holiday homes, and Waratah Bay where the rolling hills meet the untouched beaches and ocean. Also a very popular spot for fisherman to drop a line all year round.
- Great Ocean Road
- The iconic Great Ocean Road is a popular destination for beach holidays. Torquay and neighbouring Bells Beach are surfing hot spots that offer some great budget accommodation options for those with little more on their mind than catching a wave, plus some upmarket choices for those who prefer to watch the ocean from a distance. The resort towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay are a popular choice for a traditional seaside break. Some of the nearby smaller coastal communities such as Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven and Wye River, are a popular spot for families, with plenty of mid-range and well-appointed beach stay options to suit larger broods. Port Fairy is the place to go if you fancy a beach holiday with a distinct flavour of yesteryear. Stay in a simple, yet comfortable marina house, or options to suit fishermen who are seeking a stay that will support their desire to haul in the best catch possible.
Looking for somewhere to stay close to the beach?
The Beach Stays website features only accommodation that is within 500 metres walk of the beach or coast, so you're guaranteed to be close to the water.
There's around 130 property listings in Victoria, ranging from hotels and apartments to cottages and caravan parks.
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