Welcome to Venus Bay, Victoria, Australia. This small fishing town appears quiet and unassuming most of the year, with a permanent population numbering below 200 as of 2006. But in the summer season, the population explodes with swimmers, surfers, fishermen, and boating enthusiasts enjoying the beaches and the waves beyond.
Originally established in the 1820’s as a whaling station, Venus Bay has proved to be a resilient town. After the whaling industry declined, the residents of Venus Bay turned to agriculture (primarily for cereal crops) until the 1870’s. The town was actually abandoned for a short period, from just before 1900 until the 1920’s, when a commercial fishing operation revitalized the area. From the beginning until now, the fortunes of Venus Bay have been tied to the sea. Commercial fishing still holds center stage in the local economy, but is well supported by continued agriculture and by throngs of tourists. Supporting industries, like the restaurants and holiday accommodation rentals, are also vital for the local economy.
Visitors to Venus Bay are here mainly for water sports, and with good reason. Venus Bay hosts 5 major surf beaches, as well as many smaller beaches all along the coast. Strong tides just offshore provide excellent surfing here. To stay safe, consider the beaches at Venus Bay, Inverlock, Sandy Point, Cape Paterson, and Norman Bay (among others) as these are patrolled by lifesavers throughout the tourist season.
For those uninterested in surfing, there is still no shortage of things to do in the Venus Bay area. Swimmers will find calmer waters and protected beaches at Anderson Inlet, Walkerville, and Waratah Bay. Holiday rentals are available throughout the Venus Bay area, so you’ll never be far away from your beach of choice.
If cycling is your passion, plan on booking your holiday home or holiday villa near the Tarwin Lower to Venus Bay Pathway. This scenic cycling trail is 5 kilometer each way, and is rated Level 1. Beginning cyclists or even children will be able to ride this trail, allowing a family to enjoy the experience together.
During your stay, be sure to visit nearby Wilsons Promontory National Park. The Promontory is the southernmost point in mainland Australia, and has been a National Park since 1898. It has only been closed to the public officially at one point, during WWII, because the park was used as a commando training facility for the military. Wildlife aficionados may enjoy spending more time in the Park, and should book their holiday rental homes nearby. It is very common to see wombats, kangaroos, koalas, emus, and many other varieties of wildlife inside the reserve. Bring extra batteries for that camera!
Temperatures in the Venus Bay area may be a little cooler than other locales, due to the local geography. Expect to find average daily high temperatures of roughly 20 degrees Celsius during January and February, and nightly low temperatures of 8.5 to 9 degrees Celsius from June through September. Also bear in mind that visitors during the June – September time frame will likely experience heavier rainfall, with up to 4.5” of rain recorded monthly. If a little rain doesn’t deter you, then this could be a year-round top destination for you. The best recommendation is to review the activities available in the surrounding area, plan your trip timeframe, and then book your holiday rental as far in advance as possible.
Fortunately, modern holidaymakers aren’t limited to a trip aboard the original schooner Venus, and can make the trip to Venus Bay in a much shorter time. All the major air carriers serving London’s various airports, including Gatwick, Stansted, Heathrow, and London City Airport, offer many departures daily to Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. It is highly recommended to hire a car on arrival in Melbourne, as the train and bus services will limit your mobility and constrict your scheduling. Your holiday home in Venus Bay is just over two hours south of the airport, and bear in mind that there are some toll roads along the most direct route, so keep some loose coins handy.