Area Info for your upcoming Portsea Holiday on Australia’s magnificent Mornington Peninsula
Situated at the fartherst tip of the Mornington Peninsula and surrounded by Port Phillip Bay, Portsea is known in Australia for its natural beauty and luxurious holiday rentals. The township sits beside Point Nepean National Park with amazing views over the bay and back beach, walking tracks wending through stunning natural settings, and hidden gems of historic significance.
Nestled in a perfect location between bustling Sorrento, peaceful Portsea Beach, and sprawling parklands, Portsea is the ideal place for the whole family to explore: Boasting bay and ocean beaches, panoramic views, access to public golf greens, tennis court, great restaurants and venues for weddings, hiking, scuba diving, public bbq and parks, and many more amenities and activities for guests to enjoy while on holiday.
Portsea holiday rentals and holiday homes
Go Coastal properties are private, self contained entire home or apartment residences on the Southern Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. Booking direct through our site is up to 20% cheaper than third party platforms such as Airbnb and Booking.com.
Long Stay Accommodation:
Long stay accommodation available through Go Coastal in Portsea affords you time to settle in and fill your days at a leisurely pace. Give us a call to have a chat with us about our pricing options–the longer you stay the less you pay!
Working Holiday Accommodation:
Many Melbournites are leaving the rush of the city to escape into luxury and seaside charm while they work remotely. When searching Go Coastal for your next workation just add ‘desk’ to the available filters and peruse the options suitable for you. Choose from smart and comfy flats or breezy, lux holiday homes where you can go for a dip in the pool, play some golf on the weekend and treat yourselves to a meal at one of the Mornington Peninsula’s top restaurants.
Enjoy a monthly stays discount available through Go Coastal at our luxurious Portsea accommodation with a pool, comfortable beds and Netflix to keep the kids entertained.
Portsea is the perfect place to hold a wedding and reception with plenty of luxury accommodation where guests can make a whole weekend of the celebration. Contact Go Coastal to organise group accommodation across several properties and enjoy a grouped stays discount!
Portsea holiday accommodation strikes the perfect balance between charming coastal village and sheer luxury. The streets are a joy to wander through, lined with immaculately landscaped gardens, 19th century mansions, and beautiful coastal homes. Go Coastal Holidays offer entire home experiences in our vacation rentals. Properties with everything from a fantastic kitchen, to a garden and terrace for enjoying home cooked meals and sunsets, comfy beds, lounges and free internet to keep the family entertained.
Due to the narrow width of Portsea, all holiday rentals are walking distance to both bay and ocean beaches (it takes less than half an hour to walk from one side to the other), as well as abutting the national park, making a Portsea holiday the ideal location for guests who love to walk and swim.
The closest place to shop for groceries is Sorrento IGA and Scicluna’s Fresh Fruit and Veg on Sorrento main street along Ocean Beach Road where you’ll also find everything from a pharmacy to designer clothing. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in Portsea to dine in or take away. We recommend checking out Essence Food for the Soul across from Portsea Pier – they make excellent take home meals including quiches, pies, soups, curries and desserts.
How do you get to Portsea?
Arriving at Airport:
It is possible to hire a car from either Tullamarine or Avalon Airport. Don’t forget to book ahead of time! We recommend Kangaroo Rentals. It is also possible to hire a car once you get to the Peninsula: Avis Car Hire in Rosebud is the closest place.
Quickest Route by Car:
Portsea is a breeze to get to by car from Melbourne. The quickest way (approx 1.5 hours) is to take the M11 (Mornington Peninsula Freeway). The freeway ends at a roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Jetty Rd. Turn left at Eastbourne Rd which takes you to Point Nepean Highway and the sparkling waters of the bay. Take a left on the highway and follow the shoreline all the way to Portsea.
Scenic Route by Car:
You can also take a scenic route out of Melbourne along the bay on State Route 33, then exit onto State Route 3 (Nepean Highway) and follow it until the Tyabb Rd exit (C782). Follow Tyabb to the end and then turn left onto Point Nepean Highway (C783).
It is possible to get to Portsea from Melbourne via a train and then a bus. Take the train to Frankston and then the 788 bus from Frankston to Portsea. To view a map of the bus route follow this link. To get around the peninsula, see the public transport routes by following the link: public transport.
Taxis and Ubers:
Its easy to catch a taxi from Melbourne to Portsea but they are less available for getting around the peninsula than they are in the city.
Things to do in and around Portsea
Hand Cycling & Wheelchair Accessibility: Many of the tracks in the National Park are Hand Cyclable and wheelchair accessible. Parks Victoria have created an accessibility map so this beautiful area can be enjoyed by all.
Historic Significance: Pack some sandwiches and take a day trip to check out all the historic outposts and buildings within the National Park. A few must see locations include Fort Nepean, Fort Pearce and Eagle’s Nest Walk, Gunner’s Cottage, and The Butler’s Track Rifle Range where soldiers trained during WWII.
Natural Beauties: Stunning sandstone rock formations, majestic cliff faces, rock pools full of miniature worlds of wonder, sand dunes home to protected species of fauna and flora, and walking trails forking and extending for kilometres. Be sure to explore London Bridge Lookout and Sierra Nevada Rocks on the ocean side beach, or Back Beach as the locals call it.
Paragliding: Watch paragliders take off from the Portsea Paragliding Launch and soar through the air above the dunes of the stunning ocean beach, or book a tandem flight and experience the exhilaration of flying for yourself! Contact Melbourne Paragliding to have a chat with the friendly staff about their tandem flights and license courses.
Art Galleries: While enjoying the cafes and playgrounds of the foreshore be sure to check out Aegean Designs and The Portsea Gallery.
Where to eat and drink in Portsea
Booking holiday accommodation with Go Coastal is 20% cheaper!
Securing a reservation directly through us is up to 20% cheaper than third party platforms such as Airbnb and booking.com. Go Coastal Holidays makes booking Portsea holiday rentals a breeze. We are a small, independent business and can guarantee fantastic customer service and prompt communication.
Go Coastal Holidays also offers a range of accommodation throughout the Mornington Peninsula. Check out all our Accommodation options here, pop in your dates and number of guests, with the option to filter your price range and amenities, such as pool or close to beach, then hit search! Or head to our Hot Deals section for deals, discounts and specials on selected holiday accommodation.
Send us an email or give us a call any day of the week. The staff at Go Coastal are locals with a wealth of knowledge to help provide guests with a fantastic beach holiday. See our Go Coastal Like a Local articles here for tips about the many activities and attractions to enjoy on your visit to this magnificent coastal area.