Destination guide

Delight in the oceanfront landscape of Williamstown

The ocean views and lake create a pretty picture of Williamstown. This walkable city is known for its boating, cafes and cycling. St. Kilda Beach and Melbourne Cricket Ground are just a couple of the must-see attractions in the area. If you're looking for accommodation options with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.


Explore Williamstown’s heritage sites near holiday homes

Williamstown was established in the 1830s as Victoria’s central port and was important enough to be among the cities considered for the capital of the new colony. Toward the latter half of the century, the Victorian railway company’s main workshops were also in Williamstown. Due to the town’s maritime significance, one of the most popular heritage sites near holiday homes is the Williamstown Lighthouse that has been standing since 1855 and whose time ball still drops at 1 p.m. each day. Fort Gellibrand is an almost 3-hectare site with historic batteries and defensive bunkers. Many visitors appreciate a look into the large, late-19th-century maritime villa known as the Former Lawn House. One of the more architecturally significant historical sites in Williamstown is the 1873 stucco Williamstown Customs House.


Sightseeing in and around Williamstown

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

  • SEA LIFE Melbourne (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Melbourne Zoo (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
  • Melbourne Seaplanes (0.8 mi / 1.2 km)
  • St Kilda Pier (4.4 mi / 7 km)
  • St. Kilda Sea Baths (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural landscape of Williamstown

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Williamstown is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • St. Kilda Beach (4.5 mi / 7.2 km)
  • Luna Park (4.7 mi / 7.6 km)
  • Royal Botanic Gardens (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Sandridge Beach (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Westgate Park (2.5 mi / 4 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Williamstown

The nearest airport is in Melbourne, VIC (MEB-Essendon), located 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Melbourne, VIC (MEL-Tullamarine), which is 13.6 mi (21.8 km) away.

If you'd prefer to travel by train, you can make your way to Williamstown Beach Station. Consider catching a ride on the metro at Williamstown Beach Station or Williamstown Station if you're interested in seeing more of the city.

How to get around

Transport to and around Williamstown holiday rentals

As Williamstown is less than 20 km from the heart of Melbourne, transport to and around holiday rentals is a breeze. Public transport is abundant and is widely utilized by locals and visitors alike. Melbourne has a major international airport and is connected to other areas by highways and rail lines. From Melbourne, you can get to Williamstown by the Metro train or one of the frequent buses. For a fun and scenic route, you can take the ferry from Melbourne to Williamstown. If you prefer the freedom of a car hire, Williamstown offers car leases, and parking is available by the major beach attractions.

Food & drink 

Taste delicacies of Williamstown near holiday homes

Your stay in Williamstown holiday homes isn’t complete until you’ve tried classic fish and chips, which are exceptionally fresh and delicious in this seaside paradise. Wine is a major staple of cuisine in Victoria as the soil and climate make for exceptionally suitable growing conditions, and you’ll find multiple wineries and vineyards only a short drive from Williamstown. The craft beer scene is quite strong here as well. Of course, Williamstown has more than one spot to find famous dim sum, a meat and vegetable dumpling often snacked on in the Melbourne region. Sometimes, nothing beats a classic barbecued snag.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday accommodation in Williamstown

Before you book your holiday accommodation in Williamstown, it’s good to know some essential information to maximize your safety and enjoyment. Williamstown is surrounded on three sides by water and is well accustomed to seasonal holiday travellers. Most visitors come from the nearby Melbourne region, of which Williamstown is a suburb. It is a relatively small town with around 16,000 people. During the summer months, Williamstown averages 20°C and sees less precipitation than in the winter months. If coming from outside Victoria, Williamstown is in the Australian Eastern Standard Time zone and the phone area code is 03. As Williamstown thrives mainly on outside visitors, it’s a quaint town that remains very safe. Williamstown has its own hospital, and major medical facilities are nearby in Melbourne as well.

Where to stay near Williamstown?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,161 holiday rentals near Williamstown. From 357 Houses to 1,656 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 Williamstown is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Williamstown Beach Station: 2,316 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Seaplanes: 2,326 holiday rentals
  • North Williamstown Station: 2,305 holiday rentals
  • Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park: 2,328 holiday rentals
  • Williamstown Botanic Gardens: 2,321 holiday rentals

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

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 357 Houses in Williamstown. Our other popular types of Williamstown holiday rentals include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,656 holiday houses
  • Villas: 8 holiday houses
  • Cabins: 13 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 Williamstown?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 692 holiday homes with pool available in Williamstown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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