The Bellarine Peninsula is on the western side of Port Philip Bay, which is a large body of water on which sits the Melbourne metropolitan area to the north. At a holiday villa on the Bellarine Peninsula you’ll close to a mixture of fantastic coastal scenery, with fantastic beaches, as well as picturesque rural landscapes, home to farms and wineries.
One choice for a holiday rental on the Bellarine Peninsula would be the resort of Queenscliff, which came to prominence in the late-19th Century, when visitors first started heading here for their holidays from Melbourne. After a revival in the 1980s it is once again a popular destination in the summer months, with a slightly upmarket feel and made all the more attractive by the preserved Victorian architecture. The sandy beaches here are lovely, and there are a number of interesting attractions to visit. Fort Queenscliff was a key coastal defence dating to the 19th Century and today houses a museum documenting the area’s military history.
Meanwhile the city of Geelong sits at the base of the peninsula. You could head to this important port from a Bellarine Peninsula holiday villa to see the working waterfront, with its historic industry and cafes, or to get to grips with Australian rural culture by visiting the celebrated National Wool Museum. A short way along the cape from this city is where you’ll find a landscape of vineyards. There are wineries to find here, which tend to be accompanies by excellent restaurants. One such is the Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door, but opthers can be found at Scotchmans Hill, Kilgour Estate and Leura Park Estate.
About an hour in the car from a Bellarine holiday rental and you’ll be in central Melbourne, which is thoroughly modern and cosmopolitan city regarded as Australia’s cultural capital and with no shortage of fabulous shopping locations. St Kilda is a suburb with a unique atmosphere and features many of the city’s most important cultural venues.
The climate in the region surrounding Bellarine Peninsula holiday accommodation is generally mild. In fact daily conditions can be quite changeable, with occasional shower quite common. Summers are usually warm here, with very hot spells occurring in between December and February. Winters are cold at night, but normally mild by day.
Melbourne Airport (MEL) is about 70 minutes by car from self-catering holiday villas on the Bellarine Peninsula, and is reachable from the UK by flying with Qantas from London-Heathrow (LHR).