Destination guide

Experience Portsea in holiday homes to rent

Portsea is the westernmost town on the Mornington Peninsula, and it could be your next destination when searching for an unforgettable holiday getaway in Victoria. This affluent town is home to sprawling beaches, imposing geological features, and an upscale town centre that offers all of the shopping opportunities travellers would ever need. The town is most known for being one of the best scuba diving locations in the entire Melbourne area.


Historical sites near Portsea holiday homes

Portsea was historically a military settlement meant to protect Melbourne as its located right at the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Because of this, you can explore old military forts like Fort Pearce. This fortification dates back to World War I, and you can visit the old barracks there that still stand today. Nearby, you’ll find Fort Nepean. These fortifications date back to the late 19th century and became known for their imposing gun emplacements. This fort was also where the first Allied shots of World War I and World War II were fired. You may also want to visit the old Point Nepean Quarantine Station, a 19th-century building that functioned as a quarantine area for people flooding in to take advantage of the gold mining opportunities of the time.


Activities and attractions in Portsea

Are you looking for attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Portsea a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sorrento Golf Club (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Queenscliff Golf Course (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Lonsdale Golf Club (5.8 mi / 9.4 km)
  • The Dunes Golf Links (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Pennisula Hot Springs (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
  • McGlashan's Wallington Estate (11.5 mi / 18.6 km)

Seasonal weather averages in Portsea

If warm-weather activities are high on your list, February, January, March and December are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 24°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Portsea

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to take in the scenery, Portsea is a great place to get out in nature. Here are a few of the area's noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Point Nepean National Park (0.3 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Portsea Back Beach (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
  • Sorrento Front Beach (3 mi / 4.8 km)
  • Blairgowrie Beach (4.2 mi / 6.7 km)
  • Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (5.2 mi / 8.3 km)
  • Point Lonsdale Beach (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)

Fun in the sun near Portsea holiday rentals

Located right on the coast, Portsea is home to several exciting beaches that the whole family can enjoy. One of the most famous beaches in the area is Weeroona Bay. From here, you can enjoy safe swimming as long as you keep an eye on tidal currents and boat traffic. While it’s not suitable for surfing, the pier here is a popular fishing location. You may also want to visit London Bridge. While it isn’t really suitable for swimming, this imposing geological location forms a natural arch bridge that’s truly a sight to behold. Shelly Beach has calm waves and an easy circuit walk that begins and ends at the picnic area.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Portsea

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), located 23.8 mi (38.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 42.5 mi (68.4 km) away.

How to get around

Transport to Portsea holiday homes

There are a variety of options available for travellers looking to venture to Portsea. The most efficient way to fly in is through Melbourne’s international airport. If you’re flying domestically, however, you may be able to find a flight to Avalon Airport, which is a bit closer. There are bus services available as well that travel through the entire Port Phillip Bay area. If you’re in Melbourne already, you can also take a ferry across the bay to reach Portsea that way. Once you arrive, getting around Portsea is easy even if you’re on foot since the most popular attractions are close to each other.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Portsea?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places in Portsea. From Stayz travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Portsea Back Beach: 2,835 holiday rentals
  • Point Nepean National Park: 2,821 holiday rentals
  • Portsea Pier: 2,840 holiday rentals
  • Bayplay - Open Water Course: 2,843 holiday rentals
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park: 3,014 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portsea listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

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