Choose holiday accommodation in Somers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
The seaside town of Somers offers a tranquil base from which to explore the exciting and beautiful Mornington Peninsula. This boot-shaped strip of land, situated southeast of Melbourne, is famous not only for its beaches, rugged coastline and picturesque resorts, but is also one of the best winemaking regions in Australia and renowned for the quality of its food.
Somers – situated on Westernport Bay on the southeast corner of the Peninsula – can lay claim to some of the best yachting and sailing facilities in an area that is packed with such attractions. Considered one of the Peninsula’s best-kept secrets because of its location and unspoilt scenery, Somers can offer some terrific options for holiday rentals, including self-contained accommodation and its proximity to Melbourne makes it a super choice of holiday destination.
All at sea
Originally named East Balnarring, Somers changed its name when Lord Somers, a former governor of Victoria, chose the town as the location for his annual boys’ camps in 1931. Some of the original buildings from the camp remain and hundreds of Australian youngsters still participate in the camp every year in Somers.
While the camp put the town on the map, what keeps it there are its outstanding yacht and sailing facilities. The waters of Westernport Bay are among the safest in all of Australia for sailing, providing an ideal setting for sailors of all ability and experience level to take to the sea.
Races are a regular feature of life on the ocean wave at Somers, particularly for catamarans and with many holiday villas and apartments enjoying sea views, holidaymakers can watch all the action in comfort.
For a fascinating glimpse into the natural flora and fauna of Australia, Somers Foreshore Reserve is well worth exploring. Coastal banksias, she oak and manna gum woodlands, wildflowers and wildlife are packed into the bushland here, while offering terrific views across to Philip Island and the Nobbies.
For more great views, head for the cliffs above Somers where walkers will find challenging trails and walkways. Just a short drive away is Arthurs Seat, the highest peak on the Peninsula at 300m and so home to some of the most panoramic views of the region.
A walk on the wildside
Wildlife is never far away in Somers – the town is famous for its koala walk and holidaymakers are often warned to watch out for these distinctive little creatures, known for their growl and ill-temper. The town’s most famous attraction is Coolart Wetlands and Homestead, a Victorian mansion and wetlands on the shores of Westernport.
The 27-room mansion dates from 1897 and was built for a pharmaceutical tycoon. Its outbuildings, including an earlier farmhouse, are open to the public and offer a glimpse into Australia’s recent pioneering past. Within the 87 hectares of the estate are formal gardens and wetlands that are the breeding grounds of several native bird species, including the Australian white ibis. Two bird hides in the grounds offer a bird’s eye view of the creatures on their home territory.
There is, in fact, so much to see at Coolart that it’s likely visitors will want to spend more than a day here, which is ideally done from nearby holiday rentals in Somers.
Fun in the sun
The best time to visit Somers is during the Australian spring and summer months, from October to March. Like the rest of the Mornington Peninsula, the town enjoys a temperate climate, avoiding extremes of heat and cold. Average summer temperatures are 25°C with winter days rarely rising about 16°C. Somers’ position on the coast does mean its weather can be changeable and visitors who have chosen holiday accommodation locally will enjoy the convenience of being able to return to their base quickly if the weather does get too hot or, heaven forbid, it rains!
Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport is the arrival destination for visitors flying into Australia from the UK. There are direct flights daily, all year round, from London’s Heathrow Airport. The Mornington Peninsula is only an hour’s drive southeast of Melbourne, bringing it within easy reach of holidaymakers. The quickest way to reach Somers is by car but those on a tighter budget or keen to experience more of Australia can take advantage of decent public transport links – trains and buses from Melbourne go to nearby Frankston with local bus connections from there to holiday rentals in Somers.