Destination guide

Charm and beauty near Mornington Peninsula holiday homes to rent

Situated about an hour's drive to the southeast of Melbourne and nestled between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay, Mornington Peninsula is an idyllic mix of small-town charm and rugged, natural beauty. Thanks to its easy, breezy access to Australia's second largest city, some of the areas and neighbourhoods dotting its western shorelines are regarded as outlying suburbs of greater Melbourne. This makes for the perfect escape from the city's comparatively hectic landscape, and Mornington Peninsula vacation rentals offer the ultimate feeling of the laid-back, local life that Oz is known for.

Things to do

Attractions near Mornington Peninsula holiday accommodation

Aside from Mornington Peninsula's natural beauty, there are also quite a few museums and attractions in the area worth visiting. Take the kids through the hedge maze at Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens, or, for the more adventurous types, go ziplining at the Enchanted Adventure Garden. Other highlights include the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola, the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Charlie's Auto Museum and Cafe. Much of the peninsula is now occupied by vineyards and orchards, making it the perfect escape for foodies on the hunt for a great wining and dining experience.

Activities

Things to do near Mornington Peninsula holiday rentals

While Mornington Peninsula is popularly known as a day trip from Melbourne, there's plenty to do here that can and will occupy more than just a few hours. Laze on any of the sandy beaches, or hike along the trails that line the rugged southern coast and the Mornington Peninsula National Park, perfect for birdwatching or stargazing, depending on the conditions. Take a driving tour of the peninsula's historic seaside villages, stopping to shop and cafe-hop along the way. The local wine scene is constantly growing and evolving, or plan for a spa day for the ultimate relaxing escape.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Mornington Peninsula holiday homes

Victoria and the rest of southern Australia is a worthwhile stop all year long, with summer offering the best weather and the biggest crowds. You'll find the beach days to be most ideal from January through March, but prices will also be higher. Consider the shoulder seasons if other outdoor activities are on your list, because the cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and lower prices might make for a more enjoyable experience. Winters in the region are relatively mild, but keep rain gear in mind as you check out Mornington Peninsula vacation rentals.

Natural highlights

From family-friendly beaches to untouched coastlines

Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south, with the Mornington Peninsula National Park not far from the coast. On the west, you'll find calm, family-friendly beaches along the bayside towns of Mornington and Sorrento. Along the Bass Strait, however, a more rugged coastline awaits, with trails along the Bass Strait and into the Mornington Peninsula National Park. It's just a short ferry ride to other nearby towns and islands, including Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

Family friendly

Family fun near Mornington Peninsula holiday homes

The Mornington Peninsula is filled with kid-friendly attractions to explore on your trip. Holiday rentals are available near places like Cape Shanck Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse with guided tours and maritime exhibits, and Fort Nepean, an 18th-century fortress with tunnels, World War II battlements and defense displays. You’ll also like Dinosaur World Somerville, a family fun centre with educational dinosaur exhibits, fossil digs and tractor rides.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in Mornington Peninsula

Couples can enjoy romantic activities in Mornington Peninsula. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Sorrento Back Beach, a scenic swimming area with unique rock pools that form at low tide, and Bushrangers Bay, a scenic headland park with a sandy beach, jagged basalt cliffs and coastal nature walk trails. You’ll also like the Seawinds Gardens, a historic garden with expansive views, walking paths and picnic facilities.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Mornington Peninsula?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,338 holiday rentals around Mornington Peninsula. From 3,664 Houses to 107 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Mornington Peninsula is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mornington Peninsula?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Mornington Peninsula. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Sorrento: 1,957 holiday rentals
  • Rye: 2,027 holiday rentals
  • Mornington: 640 holiday rentals
  • Rosebud: 2,319 holiday rentals
  • Blairgowrie: 1,967 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Mornington Peninsula! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Mornington Peninsula?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Mornington Peninsula with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Sorrento: 1,957 holiday homes
  • Rye: 2,027 holiday homes
  • Mornington: 640 holiday homes
  • Rosebud: 2,319 holiday homes
  • Blairgowrie: 1,967 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mornington Peninsula?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Mornington Peninsula. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sorrento Front Beach: 3,173 holiday rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park: 3,086 holiday rentals
  • Portsea Back Beach: 3,048 holiday rentals
  • Pennisula Hot Springs: 2,943 holiday rentals
  • Redhill Recreation Reserve: 3,722 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mornington Peninsula listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

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