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Experience Smiths Beach in holiday homes to rent

On an island with white-sand beaches and high-octane motorsports offering endless fun and adventure, you’ll find virtually limitless opportunities for a seaside holiday in Smiths Beach. From little penguins and koalas in lush natural environments to sheltered bays for swimming with the kids, Smiths Beach and Phillip Island holiday homes to rent offer a little something for everyone.

Things to do

Things to do near Smiths Beach holiday rentals

Smiths Beach has an array of attractions for adults and kids alike. Holiday rentals can be found near premier locations like the Phillip Island Wildlife Park, a large park with free-range kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and wombats, and Penguin Parade, an attraction with a native penguin colony. Nobbies Centre, with a boardwalk overlooking the shoreline with wildlife viewing and an Antarctic museum, and the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, a racetrack with public racing events and activities like go-karting and circuit rides, are also popular. The National Vietnam Veterans Museum, filled with historic artefacts and exhibits related to the Vietnam War, is another favourite destination.

Activities

Activities and attractions in and around Smiths Beach

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit while you're in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Smiths Beach a fun place to get away to. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Purple Hen Winery (1.9 mi / 3 km)
  • Churchill Island Heritage Farm (4.3 mi / 7 km)
  • Penguin Parade (6.1 mi / 9.8 km)
  • Nobbies Centre (7.6 mi / 12.3 km)
  • Stonier Winery (12 mi / 19.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor fun near Smiths Beach holiday rentals

Phillip Island has numerous outdoor spaces and coastal walks for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy. Holiday rentals in Smiths Beach put you within reach of many exciting activities such as hiking to lookout points for coastal views, experiencing wildlife along a coastal walk, surfing off Woolamai Surf Beach or YCW Beach and snorkelling, bird-watching and scuba diving in Churchill Island Marine National Park. Travellers also can enjoy exploring the dramatic Forrest Caves that are accessible by boat or kayak at low tide.

Day trips

Best excursions near Smiths Beach holiday homes

Smiths Beach offers a tranquil escape from the fast-paced city, but if you want to enjoy a sightseeing day trip in Melbourne, holiday rentals are the perfect base camp. The area along the Yarra River, a vibrant land with excellent wineries and vineyards, and Federation Square, a contemporary central public space with restaurants and art venues, are two of the top destinations. Travellers also enjoy the Royal Botanic Gardens, a riverside mix of native and exotic plants and flowers, and Queen Victoria Market, a long-standing market selling food, clothing and goods across multiple city blocks. The Melbourne Zoo, a Victorian-era zoo with hundreds of species from around the world, is also a popular attraction.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Smiths Beach

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your holiday, February, January, March and December are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 25°F.

Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Smiths Beach

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Smiths Beach is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Cowes Beach (4 mi / 6.5 km)
  • Phillip Island Nature Park (5.5 mi / 8.8 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Smiths Beach

Fly into Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), the closest airport, located 53.7 mi (86.4 km) from the city centre.

Events

Top events near Smiths Beach holiday homes

Smiths Beach holiday rentals give you a chance to experience some of the top events in Phillip Island during your trip. The Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship, a premier motorcycle road race, and the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, a motorcycle run through the island, are two of the top events. The Island Whale Festival, an event that celebrates the annual migration of humpback whales along the coast, is also a must-attend event.

Family friendly

Family fun near holiday accommodation in Smiths Beach

Kids will love the educational and wildlife attractions near Smiths Beach. Family-friendly holiday rentals are available near places like the F Oswin Robert Koala Reserve, a protected bushland with native wildlife like koalas, wallabies and birds. Phillip Island Nature Parks, an ecotourism park with penguins and koalas in natural spaces, and Churchill Island, a heritage farm with animal demonstrations and wagon rides, are also fun for kids. The whole family can enjoy a trip to Phillip Island Chocolate Factory, with a tour that features interactive exhibits, chocolate samples and a make-your-own-chocolate station.

Where to stay near Smiths Beach?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,240 holiday rentals near Smiths Beach. From 1,046 Houses to 93 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Smiths Beach is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit: 1,816 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Nature Park: 1,502 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Winery: 2,079 holiday rentals
  • Redhill Recreation Reserve: 3,588 holiday rentals
  • Phillip Island Ferry Dock: 2,132 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Smiths Beach listed on HomeAway 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.

Can I rent Houses in Smiths Beach?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 1,046 Houses in Smiths Beach. Our other popular types of Smiths Beach holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 93 holiday houses
  • Villas: 4 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 22 holiday houses

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Smiths Beach?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 68 holiday homes with pool available in Smiths Beach. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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