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Experience Portarlington in holiday homes to rent

If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with a coastal backdrop, Portarlington has everything a hopeful traveller could want. Located on the coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, this township features sandy beaches, historical buildings and sprawling natural landscapes in the surrounding areas filled with olive groves and vineyards. With the scenic views of the Port Phillip Bay, it’s no wonder why more and more travellers flock to Portarlington for their holidays every year.

History

Historical sites near Portarlington holiday rentals

Portarlington and the greater Port Phillip Bay area have been inhabited by European settlers since the early 19th century. Many historical sites and buildings remain from that time, and you can explore them all yourself. The Portarlington Mill is especially interesting as it was built from sandstone and has served as a flour mill, tannin manufacturer, upholstery treatment plant and residential flat. Today, the mill retains its historical structure and houses numerous artefacts that you’re free to explore. You may also want to visit the Rotunda, an octagonal building and weighbridge that are over a century old and remind visitors of the town’s once-booming commercial port. Even the Portarlington Pier is historical. While it was renovated quite a bit over the last century and a half, it’s still the same pier built in 1859 at its heart.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Portarlington

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Portarlington a one-of-a-kind holiday spot. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Portarlington Golf Club (1.1 mi / 1.7 km)
  • Queenscliff Golf Course (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • McGlashan's Wallington Estate (8.5 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Adventure Park Geelong (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • Lonsdale Golf Club (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Sorrento Golf Club (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Portarlington

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Portarlington is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's noteworthy sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Portarlington Recreation Reserve (2 mi / 3.2 km)
  • Portarlington Waterfront (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Point Lonsdale Beach (10 mi / 16.1 km)
  • Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • Point Nepean National Park (12.7 mi / 20.5 km)
  • Raffs Beach (13 mi / 20.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Portarlington

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (AVV-Avalon), located 12.8 mi (20.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), which is 31.1 mi (50 km) away.

How to get around

Transport to Portarlington holiday homes

With its proximity to Melbourne, getting to Portarlington is fairly easy. The Avalon Airport is just 18.5 km away while international travellers can easily get to Portarlington after arriving in Melbourne through Tullamarine Airport. There are coach services that travel all the way to Portarlington along with train routes that can take you to nearby Geelong. Of course, the fastest way to travel is by ferry straight from Melbourne across Port Phillip Bay. The township itself can be traversed on foot or by bicycle, but there are bus routes available in town as well.

Events

Events near Portarlington holiday homes

What time of year you visit Portarlington matters since there are a wide variety of festivals and events for travellers to enjoy. The Bay Classic Series is likely the most well-known as people travel from all over the world to participate in and see the incredible competitors push themselves to conquer this challenging cycling race, which takes place around the New Year. Midway through January you can attend the Portarlington Mussel Festival where you’ll find delicious food and festivities all over town. In the middle of the year, you can enjoy some Celtic flair at the National Celtic Festival with folk music, dancing and activities happening across town.

Where to stay near Portarlington?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 369 holiday rentals near Portarlington. From 295 Houses to 18 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 Portarlington is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Portarlington Golf Club: 1,837 holiday rentals
  • Sorrento Front Beach: 3,078 holiday rentals
  • Portarlington Waterfront: 1,500 holiday rentals
  • Portsea Back Beach: 2,956 holiday rentals
  • Point Impossible Nudist Beach: 1,622 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Portarlington 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 Portarlington?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 295 Houses in Portarlington. Our other popular types of Portarlington holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 18 holiday houses
  • Villas: 8 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 17 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 Portarlington?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 24 holiday homes with pool available in Portarlington. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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