Once Upon a Summer

in Victoria

Whether you spend your days exploring craggy coastlines or pedalling between boutique wineries, a summer spent in Victoria is a summer you’ll never forget.

Here are our top five summer spots in Victoria, and a selection of beautiful homes right nearby.

Metung Lakes

Take a trip to Metung this summer and you’ll find yourself in a picture-book village. Stretching along a narrow sandy peninsula on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, Metung provides a gateway to explore the expansive beaches and tiny islands by yacht, cruiser or kayak. If you’re more of a land lover, the village itself makes for a beautifully scenic stroll, with farm studios, gardens and galleries beckoning you to come and peruse. Finish the day at a waterfront restaurant watching the sailboats glide by, before falling asleep in your peaceful studio to the sound of the lapping lake.

Metung Lakes

Take a trip to Metung this summer and you’ll find yourself in a picture-book village. Stretching along a narrow sandy peninsula on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes, Metung provides a gateway to explore the expansive beaches and tiny islands by yacht, cruiser or kayak. If you’re more of a land lover, the village itself makes for a beautifully scenic stroll, with farm studios, gardens and galleries beckoning you to come and peruse. Finish the day at a waterfront restaurant watching the sailboats glide by, before falling asleep in your peaceful studio to the sound of the lapping lake.

Stays in Metung Lakes

Glan-y-mor Studio in Metung
Price:$115 / night
Kookaburra Loft House.
Price:$92 / night
Gillys Guesthouse
Price:$113 / night

Port Fairy

Exploring the Great Ocean Road this summer? Factor in a stay in Port Fairy. A charming fishing village at the end of Victoria’s famous Shipwreck Coast, your final destination will be just as good as the journey. Uncover history in the local streets, lined with nineteenth century cottages and great Norfolk pines. Join in the fun of the Port Fairy Folk Festival and buzzing local art scene. See native animals in the wild, from southern right whales to emus. Or just relax and enjoy the fine food on offer and the stunning sunsets from your waterfront cabin.

Port Fairy

Exploring the Great Ocean Road this summer? Factor in a stay in Port Fairy. A charming fishing village at the end of Victoria’s famous Shipwreck Coast, your final destination will be just as good as the journey. Uncover history in the local streets, lined with nineteenth century cottages and great Norfolk pines. Join in the fun of the Port Fairy Folk Festival and buzzing local art scene. See native animals in the wild, from southern right whales to emus. Or just relax and enjoy the fine food on offer and the stunning sunsets from your waterfront cabin.

Stays in Port Fairy

Ella Blue Absolute Beachfront
Price:$128 / night
Cottage on Gipps in Prime Location
Price:$113 / night
Clonmara - The Stone Cottage
Price:$128 / night

Bright and surrounds

Load up the car and hit the road for a holiday in historic Bright, a picturesque village on the banks of the Ovens River in Victoria’s High Country where you’ll find trails for foodies and adventurers alike. Tackle the alpine peaks on a mountain bike to really get your heart pumping. Or hire an e-bike to explore the gently sloping valleys at a more leisurely pace. Visit boutique wineries and breweries, and taste local ingredients at village cafes, before stocking up on stunning produce to take back to your treetop hideaway.

Bright and surrounds

Load up the car and hit the road for a holiday in historic Bright, a picturesque village on the banks of the Ovens River in Victoria’s High Country where you’ll find trails for foodies and adventurers alike. Tackle the alpine peaks on a mountain bike to really get your heart pumping. Or hire an e-bike to explore the gently sloping valleys at a more leisurely pace. Visit boutique wineries and breweries, and taste local ingredients at village cafes, before stocking up on stunning produce to take back to your treetop hideaway.

Stays in Bright

Aalborg Bright
Price:$205 / night
The Studio@Ashwood Cottages
Price:$191 / night
Little Mist: BRIGHT - 600m to central Bright!
Price:$82 / night

Phillip Island

Phillip Island may only be small in size, but it’s big on summer activities. Catching waves. Catching fish. Catching a glimpse of little penguins and sleepy koalas. And, of course, there’s the famed Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Take three laps with a professional racing driver to really get the adrenalin pumping, or buckle into a tandem go-kart with the kids for a spin around the replica track. For a relaxing end to the day, head back to your farmstead to hand-feed the animals before settling in with a grazing platter of your own.

Phillip Island

Phillip Island may only be small in size, but it’s big on summer activities. Catching waves. Catching fish. Catching a glimpse of little penguins and sleepy koalas. And, of course, there’s the famed Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Take three laps with a professional racing driver to really get the adrenalin pumping, or buckle into a tandem go-kart with the kids for a spin around the replica track. For a relaxing end to the day, head back to your farmstead to hand-feed the animals before settling in with a grazing platter of your own.

Stays on Phillip Island

On the Beach - FREE WiFi & NETFLIX
Price:$99 / night
Quiet Garden Studio in heart of Cowes
Price:$60 / night
The Little Grey Farm Stay- Central Location
Price:$115 / night

The Bellarine and Barwon Heads

Soak up the good life this summer with a trip to beautiful Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Have a paddle in the estuary of the Barwon River, or head to the Bluff at Thirteenth Beach for some lively surfing action. While you’re there, why not play a round on one of the country’s best golf courses. Wander the historic streetscapes back to your beach shack to finish the day—and finish your book—in the hammock beneath the trees.

The Bellarine and Barwon Heads

Soak up the good life this summer with a trip to beautiful Barwon Heads on the Bellarine Peninsula. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Have a paddle in the estuary of the Barwon River, or head to the Bluff at Thirteenth Beach for some lively surfing action. While you’re there, why not play a round on one of the country’s best golf courses. Wander the historic streetscapes back to your beach shack to finish the day—and finish your book—in the hammock beneath the trees.

Stays in The Bellarine and Barwon Heads

The Cosy Bungalow at the Port.
Price:$88 / night
BAYBREAK BUNGALOW, Beautiful bay views.
Price:$77 / night
Bellarine Hideaway
Price:$113 / night
We're doing our bit for domestic tourism

With international travel still off the cards, Australians are going to have to holiday a little closer to home this summer. But our incredible inventory of homes all across the country means that Airbnb is uniquely placed to support Tourism Australia in driving domestic tourism through their Holiday Here this Year initiative. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We're doing our bit for domestic tourism

With international travel still off the cards, Australians are going to have to holiday a little closer to home this summer. But our incredible inventory of homes all across the country means that Airbnb is uniquely placed to support Tourism Australia in driving domestic tourism through their Holiday Here this Year initiative. So that’s exactly what we’re doing.