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Follow the prompts on the Accommodation search, enter all your details and proceed to the end and click ‘confirm booking’. You will then see a message saying thank you for requesting a booking. When the request is confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email. Payment is to follow.
Q. When I book do I have to pay a deposit?
Yes, 50% or more of the full tariff amount is required at the time of a confirmed booking.
Q. When do I have to pay the balance of my Accommodation tariff?
60 Days prior to your arrival.
Q. When is Check-in time?
Usually, check-in is at 2pm however keep an eye out for our special deal of early check-in and late check-out!
Q. Can I check-in early?
In most cases, your accommodation has been vacated by previous guests that morning. However, please speak with our Hospitality team to organise.
Q. When is Check-out time?
Usually, check-out is at 10am, however, keep an eye out for our special deal of early check-in and late check-out!
Q. What should we bring?
Some properties do not provide linen; therefore, you will need to bring sheets, pillow covers, bath towels, tea towels and beach towels. Alternatively, we can arrange linen hire at a cost for you. Also, you will need to bring perishables like dishwashing liquid, toiletries and toilet paper, etc if you are staying for more than a few days.
Q. What if we leave something behind?
There is an administration fee for our Hospitality team to collect items from a property, and it is the Guest’s responsibility to arrange postage. If our housekeepers bring lost property to our office, it will be stored for a two-week period, then donated.
Q. Do we have to clean properties before we leave?
It is stated in the Terms and Conditions that it is required that the Guest leave the property in the way it was received, in a clean and tidy manner upon departure. This includes washing dishes, emptying the dishwasher, cleaning the BBQ, sweeping the floor and taking all rubbish out of the house and putting the bins out on the curb for collection. This is to avoid excess cleaning costs.
Q. What if a property is not clean on arrival?
Please contact our Hospitality team immediately upon arrival so we can arrange cleaning. If there are any issues, please notify our team within 24 hours of arrival at the property so we can arrange a resolve in a reasonable time.
Q. Are pets allowed inside pet friendly properties?
We encourage you to keep your pets outside when holidaying with us. Some properties prefer pets outside whilst others are lenient. If you feel your pet should be inside, please discuss with our Hospitality team.
DESTINATIONS - AREA PROFILES
Sorrento is a popular tourist destination on Mornington Peninsula. Featuring a charming boulevard with a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes, the major landmark would have to be the multi-storey Continental Hotel built in 1875, the largest limestone structure in the Southern Hemisphere. The crescent-shaped Sorrento Front Beach is flanked by a pristine foreshore with lawns, shelters and English trees. Its sheltered waters make it ideal for swimming and other water activities. Sorrento Pier is where you board the passenger and car ferry which links Sorrento to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. As mentioned, Sorrento was the site of Victoria’s first official European settlement. A monument at Eastern Sister, located near the south eastern end of Sorrento’s bay coastline, honours this historic event.
Portsea is on the very southern tip of the peninsula. Located on a thin strip, just two kilometres wide, Portsea fronts both the settled bay waters of Port Phillip and the active ocean beaches on Bass Strait. Point Nepean National Park provides a beautiful landscape for the area. The major landmark in the town centre is the Portsea Hotel which was built in 1876 and includes indoor and outdoor dining and entertaining areas which extend down to the foreshore and overlook the beach and pier. At the western edge of Portsea, and extending right to the tip of the land, is the Point Nepean National Park which features relics, Aboriginal settlements and past military fortifications. A quarantine station was built there in 1852 to protect Victoria against disease from people arriving by boat.
A stunning coastal town, Rye is an oasis in the summer, with beautiful front and back beaches, and a wonderland during winter, with the Peninsula Hot Springs only minutes from the main street. This beautiful seaside town has many attractions and activities for all to enjoy – all year round! Rye is especially busy during December to February and is host to carnivals during the holiday periods, an enormous children’s park and of course plenty of ice creamaries; there is always something to do for the whole family. For the active holidaymakers, there is no shortage of choice with an excellent selection of golf courses, walking tracks and gnarly surf.
Blairgowrie is a cosy and quiet beachside town, located between Rye and Sorrento on the front beach. Small local shops extend to a supermarket, specialty shops and cafes. The calm waters of Port Phillip Bay meet the shore at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron harbour. Blairgowrie also stretches out to the back beach on Bass Strait, popular for its surf waters. Spectacular walks and scenery can be enjoyed in the Mornington Peninsula National Park which runs along the rugged Bass Strait coastline. There are numerous walking tracks along cliff tops, through sand dunes and down to the beaches below. Koonya Ocean Beach is the most easily accessible, with a lookout at the car park providing views down to the rocky outcrop of Pelly Point and inland across Blairgowrie towards the bay beach.
Rosebud is the quintessential seaside village with a stretch of retail about 2km long, a shopping centre at either end and the beach right over the road. The focal point is Rosebud Pier which extends about 300 metres into the water and is a prime fishing spot. While there’s a big focus on the sea at Rosebud, there’s lots more to see and do. In March, there’s a huge kite festival, and a film festival in February. As well as several golf courses within Rosebud itself, more can be found a short drive inland at Fingal and Boneo. A short distance away is the ecologically important 300+ hectare Tootgarook Wetland. It is the largest example left of a shallow freshwater marsh in the Port Phillip region.
McCrae is a small coastal village between Dromana and Rosebud at the foot of Arthurs Seat on the shores of Port Phillip. It offers a long beautiful white sandy beach and shallow swimming, along with a supermarket as well as cafes and restaurants across the road. The McCrae Lighthouse is a prominent local landmark that was built to mark the turning point for shipping in the main navigational channels between Port Phillip Heads and Melbourne. Safe swimming can be had at the picturesque white sandy beaches along the length of the foreshore reserve from the headland of Anthony’s Nose to Rosebud. The foreshore and forms part of the 28km Bay Trail for walkers and cyclists that runs along the Port Phillip coastline from Safety Beach to Portsea.
The heart of the peninsula, Red Hill is centrally located in the hinterland between Dromana and Balnarring. Main services can largely be found along Arthurs Seat Road, Flinders Road and Shoreham Road. Set among scenic hills and native forests, the area is abundant with vineyards, boutique wineries, orchards and berry farms – all offering a characteristically distinctive experience. Local produce is a highlight of the area and you can indulge at the many eateries offering everything from fine dining to casual cafes. The true treasure is in the creativity and talent of the local artists which has led to Red Hill being host to a premier art show. Each shady road and laneway winding around the hills will lead to something interesting and unique, gems tucked away just waiting to be discovered.
Cape Schanck is located at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, fronting the waters of Bass Strait, and provides visitors with an insight into the area’s maritime history, beautiful rocky coastal features, unspoilt beaches, scenic walking tracks and easy access to surrounding golf courses. The Cape Schanck lighthouse was built in 1859 out of local limestone and features a rare spiral staircase made from stone. Tours of the lighthouse are conducted daily and offer spectacular views from the circular viewing platform near the top. The lighthouse is surrounded by a reserve which includes a museum, former keeper’s quarters and associated buildings.
The point where Western Port meets Bass Strait, it is believed that George Bass named the area after his friend, explorer and British Naval Officer Matthew Flinders. An exceptional area for all kinds of watersports including sailing, fishing and surfing, Flinders also hosts one of Victoria’s best rock platform reefs, popular for recreational diving and snorkeling. The town features a picturesque golf course atop a cliff, a yacht club and a pier out from the protected beach, sheltered from the waters of Bass Strait. A tranquil area, Flinders offers many bushwalking trails and beautiful coastal areas, not to mention the over 125 year old Flinders Hotel – if only those walls could talk!
Located approximately half way between Hastings and Flinders, Balnarring was one of the main areas covered in she-oak forests and was later divided into allotments for smaller-scale farmers. Situated at the junction of two main peninsula roads, there is a good selection of services and shops including a supermarket. This area is surrounded by wetlands which offer walking trails and access to a lagoon. A local feature is Balnarring Beach, a 70ha nature reserve bordered by Merricks Creek and Western Port Bay. This area forms part of the Western Port Biosphere, an internationally recognised wetland. Its arcs of coastline provide a safe swimming area with a foreshore reserve.
Dromana is a smaller bayside township at the foot of Arthurs Seat and lies between Safety Beach and McCrae. The location offers a beachside feel with beautiful bushland surrounds. The main hub faces the Dromana Pier and offers a fantastic place to watch the sunset during the warmer months. There are a selection of local shops, boutique clothing stores and cafes. With beautiful walking tracks and grassy picnic spots, as well as sheltered areas along the coastline, Dromana presents a relaxed, quiet family town that boasts a calm and safe beach for swimmers and boats – perfect for family outings.
SAFETY BEACH & MARTHA COVE
Martha Cove is located in Safety Beach. It is the only waterfront residential master-planned estate on the Mornington Peninsula with direct access to Melbourne CBD in less than 50 minutes. Situated at the base of Mount Martha on the stunning eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay adjoining the coastal town of Safety Beach, Martha Cove offers easy access to all the pleasures of the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. It also has direct water access to Port Phillip Bay. Set on 94 hectares, Martha Cove is a unique waterfront residential community combining parks, walkways and cycle ways as well as an integrated boat harbour. Some 17 hectares of waterways lead directly into Port Phillip Bay and importantly provide a safe and sheltered harbour environment. An iconic destination, everything is easy from Martha Cove, stunning beaches, outstanding cafes and restaurants of all size and cuisine, superb hiking through a choice of National Parks, some of Victoria’s best golf courses, a plethora of water sports on the bay and award winning boutique wineries and yes, it’s all at your doorstep.
While Mount Martha offers only a small commercial centre in Lochiel Avenue, it is an ideal destination for those visitors seeking a scenic and less commercial holiday location where the surrounding bushland meets the coast. Safe swimming beaches with wide sandy stretches exist just north and south of the commercial centre, lined with rows of colourful bathing boxes. However, much of the coast around Mount Martha typically consists of rocky cliffs with bushland up above, offering a number of walking tracks and scenic viewing spots. A worthwhile drive is along the Esplanade – a coastal road linking Mount Martha with Mornington in the north and Safety Beach in the south. This hilly and winding road hugs the steep coastline, with views down to the bay on one side, while exclusive homes perched high above the coast feature on the other side.
With its village feel, this popular seaside town is a hive of activity. Many local shops and eateries fill the commercial centre which leads down to the foreshore and local beach. A market day is held in the main street every Wednesday and several annual festivals are also held locally, attracting hundreds of people to Mornington and surrounds. There are numerous parks, gardens and historical buildings in the area, many of which are open to the public. If horse racing takes your fancy, a visit to the Mornington Racecourse might be just the ticket. Voted the number one country racecourse in Victoria on three separate occasions, it offers the glamour of a city course with the warmth of a country one. The highlight of the calendar is Mornington Cup Day, the nation’s most valuable country cup!
Located a short drive away from the bustling summer town of Rye, Tootgarook offers a family friendly beach in a much quieter location. An ideal beach to lay out a blanket for a relaxing afternoon of sunbathing, pack a picnic and enjoy the warm sand while watching the sun set over the horizon. Visitors can also take advantage of the seasonal boat launch ramp. One of the
main attractions of the town is its expansive wetlands which spans 381 hectares. It is a mecca for birds, plants and animals. There are tracks around the wetland making it easy to explore the property. The wetland provides habitat for a large variety of birds, including many migratory and endangered species.
Capel Sound is a true gem. Living on a bay bar formed 5,000 years ago has created a truly unique natural environment. Spanning 2 kilometres of white sandy beaches, and with the Tootgarook wetlands nearby, you may be lucky enough to see a constant stream of swans, pelicans and ibis. A shopping village is located in the town with eateries, music, sea sports and general supplies.
Fingal is a rural estate on the Mornington Peninsula abutting Bass Strait and Gunnamatta Beach and is an ideal place to get back to nature. It lies between the towns of Rye and St Andrews Beach. Great coastal beach walks can be found in Fingal along with the world renowned Peninsula Hot Springs (we recommend pre booking your visit as it is very busy year round). Fingal is also home to one of Australia’s best Golf Courses, Moonah Links which boasts two 18 hole courses. With a neighbouring winery, The Cups Estate, Fingal is home to some 450 residents however attracts
thousands of visitors every year!
Located south of Rye, St Andrews Beach is an excellent beach for beach fishing as permanent rip holes exist against the reefs and gutters along the rocks, creating a haven for fish. It is also popular surf location with many good breaks that attracts surfers all year round. Horse riding on the beach, suitable for beginners, is must do activity as is a visit to the St Andrews Brewery. The brewery is a destination on the Mornington Peninsula and is where horse racing greats were trained. The stables have been transformed into a family friendly restaurant and brewery and we recommend that you put this on the to do list!
Buchan is a rural town, consisting largely of farming land and native vegetation. It is surrounded by the localities of Black Mountain, Buchan South, Butchers Ridge, Canni Creek, Gelantipy, Gillingall, Glenmore, Murrindal, Suggan Buggan, Timbarra, W-Tree, and Wulgulmerang. Buchan is the main town and is located on the Buchan River, approximately 75 kilometres from Bairnsdale and 350 kilometres from Melbourne.
While Buchan is best known for its caves, its history as one of the oldest townships in Victoria goes back further than the discovery of the caves. It also has fossils that depict the mega fauna that existed in the region 20,000 years ago. Some fossils are in view on the new Buchan Hotel stone walls. The township celebrated its 175th anniversary in March 2014.
CAPE LIPTRAP & WALKERVILLE
Stretching along the coast from the sand barrier of Point Smythe to the sheltered waters of Waratah Bay, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park has strikingly beautiful scenery.
The coastal park transforms from being a peaceful coastal area to wild, windy and awe inspiring in stormy weather. Whatever the season, Cape Liptrap Coastal Park & The magnificent light house are worth exploring.
Walkerville is a tiny village on Waratah Bay in south-west Gippsland, about 190 km southeast of Melbourne. Walkerville is divided into North and South – Walkerville North provides beautiful views across Waratah Bay to nearby Wilsons Promontory, and at low tide provides access to spectacular rock pools. Approximately 100 metres beyond the end of the boat ramp marks the beginning of a walking trail up the cliff that separates the two Walkerville settlements.
A gravel road leads to Walkerville South ends with a beach access ramp similar to that of its northern sister settlement, and a sheltered bay frequented in the summer by families swimming, fishing and jet-skiing in the quiet pristine waters. The remains of the lime kilns and caves from the 1920’s at Walkerville South are well worth a visit.
Arrive in Foster and you’ve reached the gateway to Gippsland’s spectacular natural attractions. The town is just 30 minutes from Wilsons Promontory National Park and a short drive from other popular destinations including Shallow Inlet, Corner Inlet, Sandy Point and Waratah Bay
Rich in history originally a gold mining town settled in 1871, mining ceased in the 1930s and it has since acted as the major service centre for Wilsons Promontory. Visit Foster Museum and learn about Foster’s gold, forestry, dairying and social history.
The town offers inspiring views over Corner Inlet to the peaks of the Prom. Visit local lookouts such as Foster North Lookout on the South Gippsland Highway or Mt Nicholl Lookout. Embark on Hayes Walk and view the site of Victory Mine, the town’s largest gold mine. The walk starts in town and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
INVERLOCH & VENUS BAY
Inverloch is an attractive seaside resort and fishing port, located east of Wonthaggi and across the waters of Anderson Inlet from the holiday town of Venus Bay. Inverloch is a popular tourist destination, particularly for swimming, kitesurfing and windsurfing at the calm waters of Anderson Inlet. Fishing and surfing are also popular.
Venus Bay is a wide bay and a township on that bay on the east coast of Victoria. Venus Bay has become a popular holiday retreat for people from Melbourne and is close to other popular South Gippsland tourist spots such as Phillip Island and Wilsons Promontory.
One of Victoria’s premier holiday destinations, Lakes Entrance is loved for its swimming beaches, waterfront cafes and fleet of colourful fishing boats, many of which sell the day’s catch from the jetties. Located 319 kilometres from Melbourne on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach where the Gippsland Lakes meet the ocean, Lakes Entrance offers myriad water-based activities. Close by, Lake Tyers Beach offers real tranquillity and a perfect holiday option. Join a guided boat tour of the Gippsland Lakes, admire the coastal scenery from Kalimna Lookout, and stroll across the footbridge from the foreshore promenade to see the vast expanse of the Ninety Mile Beach or pick up paper-wrapped fresh fish and chips from a local seafood shop. Alternatively, cast a line off the beach or hire a paddleboat, cruiser or a catamaran and catch your own.
MARTHA COVE, VICTORIA
An iconic destination, Martha Cove is the only waterfront residential master-planned estate on the Mornington Peninsula with direct access to Melbourne CBD in less than 50 minutes. Relax on the sandy shores of the beautiful bay beaches or dive into some fun with a plethora of water sports on the bay. Situated at the base of Mount Martha on the stunning eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay, Martha Cove offers easy access to all the pleasures of the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.
The tranquil village of Metung has long been a favourite for holiday-makers. While the main activities involve boating and fishing, Metung is also known for its scenic walks, good local food, monthly farmers market and unique galleries with a coastal flair. Enjoy the scenic drive along the river into Metung and even stop to throw in a line.
ORBOST & MARLO
Orbost is an historic tourist town in the Shire of East Gippsland, 375 kilometres east of Melbourne and 235 kilometres south of Canberra where the Princess Highway crosses the Snowy River. It is about 16 kilometres (10 mi) from the surf and fishing seaside town of Marlo on the coast of Bass Strait and 217 km drive to Mount Hotham Snow Resort.
Orbost is primarily known for its beef farming and sawmilling but more recently, tourism has become an important and thriving industry, being the major town close to several national parks that are between the east access to either the surf or the snow, including the famous Snowy River National Park, Alpine National Park, Errinundra National Park, Croajingolong National Park and Cape Conran Coast Park.
The establishment of the Sailors Grave Brewery has also brought significant tourism to the area with its multiple festivals throughout the year. Cycling and canoeing have also become major tourist attractions drawing people worldwide to the area for its wide range of cycling tours and spectacular rivers throughout the region.
Known as the boating capital of Victoria, Paynesville is a great place for those just looking for a getaway by the water or to enjoy activities on and around the foreshore. Explore the lakes and canals or take the Raymond Island Ferry across the water to the home of a large koala population at Raymond Island. Walk or cycle the island’s Koala Trail and spot the resident koala’s, usually asleep in a gum tree….
Located just over an hours drive from Melbourne, this little coastal town on the Mornington Peninsula has a wealth of of popular natural attractions with a variety of beaches both sheltered on Port Phillip Bay or ocean side with amazing surf and stunning views . It is famous for its wineries and vineyards, premier golf courses and tourist attractions including the beautiful Peninsula Hot Springs.
WARATAH BAY & SANDY POINT
Waratah Bay is a town in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia, on the shore of Waratah Bay. Waratah Bay is located at the northern end of the bay which the town is named after, and a few minutes drive west of Sandy Point which also fronts the same bay.
Sandy Point is renowned as a hot spot for windsurfers & surfers and its white sandy patrolled beach is one of South Gippsland’s popular holiday destinations. Sandy Point is a hidden gem that looks out into Waratah bay offering spectacular scenery views of The Prom Hills to the west and waratah and Walkerville to the east.
WILSON’S PROMONTORY NATIONAL PARK
One of Australia’s must-see landmarks. “The Prom” as it is affectionately known, is the southern-most point of mainland Australia. Offering boulder lined white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and an abundance of Australian native wildlife.
The Prom is a much-loved holiday destination. Stunning coastal scenery & pristine wilderness make this a wonderful place to visit while in South Gippsland.