The iconic Great Ocean Road is a popular destination for beach holidays. Torquay and neighbouring Bells Beach are surfing hot spots that offer both great budget accommodation options and some upmarket choices. The popular resort towns of Lorne and Apollo Bay are the perfect choice for a traditional seaside break, with some of the nearby smaller coastal communities being ideal for families, with plenty of mid-range and well-appointed beach stay options. Port Fairy is the place to go if you fancy a beach holiday with a distinct flavour of yesteryear.
Residents and visitors to Victoria spend a lot of time at the beach. Victoria boasts almost 2,000 kilometres of coastline, and hundreds of accommodation options along it. Choose from raw and original beach shacks just a hop, skip and jump from the sand, caravan parks, budget camping ground accommodation, luxury and opulent hotel experiences, and everything in between.
On the Bellarine Peninsula visitors can choose from a range of holiday options at several beachfront towns, some of which have a long maritime history. For those who prefer the convenience of city living by the beach, stay in Geelong. Overlooking Corio Bay, it is Victoria's second largest city and offers high end hotels and apartments with water views, as well as traditional motels, bed and breakfasts, cottages and holiday homes.
Melbourne's sandy bayside beaches are perfect for that easy to reach getaway with all the attractions and services of a capital city at your fingertips. Quality hotel and apartment accommodation is available, usually close to public transport, dining and shopping facilities, as well as private established holiday homes.
The Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne's playground - easily accessible from the city and providing 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 is one of the most frequented beach escapes in Victoria for those wanting to get away from the city. It has the full gamut of accommodation at your disposal, including self-contained apartments and large holiday homes that you can hire for your family for a few weeks of escape near the water's edge. There are also plenty of attractions on the island for those of all ages.
To really get away from it all, stay at one of Gippsland's many quiet and isolated beach locations. The small communities near Wilsons Promontory - Walkerville, Waratah Bay and Sandy Point - are noted for their beautiful beaches and large supply of holiday homes. For a bit more action, head to Lakes Entrance where there is sure to be something suitable for honeymooners, couples and family beach holidays. With the endless sands of the 90 Mile Beach and the vast Gippsland Lakes inland waterways, Lakes Entrance has it all.
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 shoreline, so you are guaranteed to be close to the water.
There are over 180 accommodation listings in Victoria, ranging from hotels and apartments to cottages and caravan parks.