Lazy days in Portarlington
If you are considering where to spend your holiday on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, then you may wish to take a look at the historic town of Portarlington. This quaint town is a favourite holiday resort amongst many locals and those from further afield, and as a result the area boasts plenty of family friendly holiday accommodation and self contained accommodation to suit everyone’s needs.
Situated on the coast you can choose from holiday villas near the beach, or perhaps a holiday apartment in town. There are also plenty of holiday homes scattered further away from Portarlington centre, amongst the beautiful vineyards and olive trees in the countryside. You’ll be able to use your holiday rental as a base to explore the stunning landscape surrounding the town. And of course, you no matter where you choose to stay on your holiday in Portarlington, you’ll never be far from the calm, sheltered beaches and stunning views over the bay.
Things to see and do
Many visitors to Portarlington are content to spend their time on the beach, strolling through the town centre and having lazy breakfasts on the balcony of their holiday accommodation. You could be forgiven for spending days doing nothing but lounging around, enjoying the weather and reading a good book in your holiday apartment in the evening after a hard day. If relaxing is what you want to do on holiday, Portarlington is the place to be.
There are however lots of things to see and do in Portarlington. Once you have your holiday rentals sorted you can begin to plan how to fill your day. There are quite a few historical attractions in Portarlington and the surrounding area, including the wonderful Portarlington mill. Elsewhere there is a miniature railway which is sure to keep the children entertained, and some wonderful scenic drives around the peninsular which begin in Portarlington. A leisurely stroll into the centre of town will also yield interesting shops, cafes and restaurants.
There are also a couple of interesting festivals that take place throughout the year and are a good way to get to know a little bit of the local culture, especially if you are staying in self contained accommodation in Portarlington or a more isolated holiday villa on the Bellarine Peninsula. Such festivals include the weird and wonderful National Celtic Festival, as well as the Mussel Festival.
Visitors from the northern hemisphere will love the great climate in Portarlington which makes this town a great year round destination. The summer months (December to March) offer lovely warm (but not too hot) temperatures and little rainfall, but be aware that these months are also popular with locals. As a result you may find it hard to get the best holiday accommodation in Portarlington unless you book early.
If you can handle the cooler temperatures that come in the winter you’ll find it easy to get specific holiday rentals to suit your need, such as child friendly holiday accommodation or pet friendly properties in Portarlington and the surrounding area. Remember that special times, such as the Celtic Festival, will mean that holiday rentals in Portarlington will be expensive and choice limited.
Getting to Portarlington from the UK
The majority of visitors to Portarlington from the United Kingdom will land at Melbourne International after their long flight. It is also possible to fly internally in Australia to Avalon airport from Perth on occasion. From Melbourne, those who are staying in self catering holiday accommodation in Portarlington, such as a holiday villa or serviced apartments, will perhaps find it most useful to hire a car. This will enable you to drive to your holiday rental at your own pace and will also mean you can see the sights and do the shopping in relative ease and comfort. It’s about 105 kilometres from Melbourne, and should not take you too long.