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Looking for a mid-week or weekend getaway? Pop over to Portarlington with Port Phillip Ferries and escape the city with an overnight stay (or longer) at this historic beachside village. Accommodation options range from luxury villa escapes to beachside camping and everything in between.

If you’re after a romantic getaway, the adults-only Bellarine Day Spa and Retreat offers luxurious, apartment style accommodation, with each unit boasting a double spa. Here you can choose from a selection of tempting spa treatments at the onsite Day Spa before wandering around the surrounding gardens and vineyard.

Bellarine Day Spa








Another romantic option is The Oxley Estate, home to four stylish rooms, it’s set on 10 acres and is just 500 metres from the beach. An ideal city escape, here you can relax by the pool and while away the afternoon exploring the sprawling gardens, orchard and onsite olive grove.

If you want to enjoy a slice of history, book into the Grand Hotel. Built in 1888, the Grand offers 15 rooms on its upper level, offering commanding views of Portarlington with Melbourne’s city skyline as a backdrop.

The Grand Hotel







The Portarlington Beach Motel is the ideal option for those seeking something affordable, yet comfortable. Here you will find 17 units, including family units – all which have recently undergone a renovation. Other facilities include a pool and spa, along with a courtesy bus making getting to and from the Portarlington Pier all the more easy. Here’s a sweet video to give you a taste of the venue.

You can’t get much closer to the beach than with a stay at Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park, located a scenic 10-minute walk west from the Portarlington Pier, this caravan park boasts both cabin accommodation and tent sites. Encompassing some of Portarlington’s prime real estate, the views from this caravan park have to be seen to be believed.

Bellarine Bayside Holiday Park








There are also plenty of private home rentals available through Airbnb and Stayz. A popular option is Up on the Hill Portarlington, ideal for families or couples travelling together, it sleeps six and boasts an enormous deck and amazing views. The kids will love the cubby house and sandpit.

Up On The Hill Portarlington









Another popular choice is Lazy Dayz, a new contemporary and centrally located two-story house which sleeps up to eight guests.  Another notable option is the centrally located, self-contained units at Arlingtons.

Lazy Dayz








Most of the local real estate agents also have a great list of holiday homes to rent, try Stockdale & Leggo or GC Downard.

There really is plenty to choose from and something to suit all budgets. Cruise on over and escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a night or two, or maybe more. We won’t be surprised if you never want to leave.