Travelling to The Bellarine and want to stay at the best accommodation Bellarine Peninsula has?
We can help you out with that. As locals, The Bellarine is one of our favourite places in the world and we want to make sure you have the best holiday possible so you can love it as much as we do.
Just a short drive from Melbourne, The Bellarine has been a popular holiday destination for more than a hundred years. This is completely understandable when you think of all the wonderful things you can do here.
From fun water sports, historic forts, museums, and galleries, to cool-climate wineries and bay and ocean beaches, the region has proven popular with families and couples alike.
The Bellarine Peninsula Victoria has a feast of festivals and events for visitors to enjoy. And whether you’re into sport, eating, drinking, dancing, or simply love a good market, there’s bound to be something to keep you entertained.
Bellarine Peninsula accommodation is continually growing and there are some great places to stay in a range of locations throughout the area.
Visitors can choose from gorgeous historic hotels and guesthouses, unique private rooms, traditional bed and breakfasts, self-contained accommodation, pet friendly holiday houses, and luxurious couple’s retreats.
In this article, we list all the best Bellarine accommodation from a range of towns throughout the peninsula. We’ve placed them into a handy comparison chart, so you can quickly compare the price and location, before sharing an in-depth review of each place to stay.
In addition to this, there’s also a Bellarine Peninsula map with the location of each accommodation option. This way you can see where each place is located and choose the best option for your travel plans.
So keep reading to find your best Bellarine Peninsula accommodation and book now so you’re all set for a fantastic Bellarine getaway!
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Comparison Chart Of The Best Bellarine Peninsula Accommodation
|Starhaven Retreat||Portarlington||****||$$$||CLICK HERE|
|Vue Grand Hotel||Queenscliff||****||$$$||CLICK HERE|
|Salt Loft||Queenscliff||****||$$||CLICK HERE|
|Lon Retreat||Point Lonsdale||****||$$$||CLICK HERE|
|Ti-Tree Village||Ocean Grove||**||$||CLICK HERE|
|Oakdene Vineyards Guesthouse||Ocean Grove||***||$$||CLICK HERE|
|Seahaven Village||Barwon Heads||***||$$||CLICK HERE|
|Central Barwon Heads||Barwon Heads||***||$$||CLICK HERE|
|Pelican Sands||Portarlington||****||$$$||CLICK HERE|
|Oxley Estate||Portarlington||****||$$||CLICK HERE|
|Manzanillo Grove Villa||Drysdale||***||$$||CLICK HERE|
|323 On Jetty||Drysdale||***||$$||CLICK HERE|
Where To Stay: Bellarine Peninsula Towns
There are 6 main tourist towns on the Bellarine Peninsula that you’re likely to consider for your trip. Although the townships are reasonably close together each one is unique offering a completely different experience.
When deciding where to stay, it’s a good idea to think about what your interests are. But, no matter whether you prefer beaches, wineries, gourmet food, history, or even golf we’re sure you’ll find your perfect place to stay.
Situated on the southern coast of the Bellarine Peninsula, Ocean Grove offers golden sand surf beaches as well as sheltered swimming near the mouth of the Barwon River.
It’s the largest town on the peninsula with a vibrant cosmopolitan shopping area, and lots of delicious dining options, as well as a few bars. It has a busy beach town vibe that’s popular with families and will suit anyone who loves the beach and surf.
Separated by the Barwon River from its twin coastal town of Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads has a mix of gentle estuary, rocky coastal headland, and ocean beaches.
The village has a small coastal town feel that’s great for a relaxing holiday away from big city life. It’s a favourite with Geelong locals who drive down to enjoy Sunday brunch at one of its fabulous cafes and to shop at hip boutiques.
Fun Fact: The ABC television series Seachange was filmed in Barwon Heads.
Queenscliff is the perfect holiday destination for lovers of history and quiet sophistication. The seaside village has a rich history and offers heritage streetscapes, beautiful Victorian-era hotels, and quaint fishermen’s cottages.
Many of its 19th-century buildings have been turned into guesthouses, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and art galleries.
Queenscliff is home to a historic fort, two lighthouses, a pier, a harbour, and the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry.
Neighbouring Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale is a delightful township that’s terrific for family getaways. Its grassy foreshore features a playground and barbecue area and stretches down to a lovely swimming beach.
Overlooking the whole area is the main shopping strip that offers cafes, specialty stores, guesthouses, and a wonderful little wine bar.
Point Lonsdale highlights include a stunning lighthouse (with tours), a fishermen’s pier, and panoramic views of the notorious Rip.
Located smack bang in the centre of The Bellarine, Drysdale sits amongst rolling hills, fertile farmlands, and outstanding wineries.
It’s the ideal base for visitors looking who are looking to explore the region’s best wineries and fabulous gourmet foods.
The town’s main centre has good shopping and a pub, as well as some cute cafes and restaurants.
Located on the northeastern tip of the peninsula, Portarlington has uninterrupted views across the bay toward Melbourne and the You Yangs.
Portarlington is famous for its Australian Blue Mussels that are grown offshore and is host to a number of local events including the National Celtic Festival.
It has a beautiful foreshore with grassy slopes, sheltered swimming, and picnic and barbecue areas. There’s also a long pier that’s home to the Docklands to Portarlington ferry.
The tiny hamlet has a strip of shops with cafes and bakeries, as well as an impressive heritage hotel.
Best Accommodation Bellarine Peninsula List
Luxury Bellarine Peninsula Accommodation
Starhaven Retreat is easily the best luxury accommodation Bellarine Peninsula has. Featured on Foxtel’s Lifestyle Channel on Grand Designs Australia, the retreat is the perfect ‘decadent weekend away’.
This luxury grand designs bed and breakfast has a stunning beachside location with incredible views across the bay to Melbourne. All accommodation features a balcony with gorgeous sea views and private ensuite bathrooms.
There are separate living spaces on each level including a games room and bar lounge. And it’s easy to find a cosy private nook to relax in or you can join in the conversation as the mood takes you.
Movie buffs will enjoy the grand cinema room that comes with full service including popcorn and ice cream!
Starhaven Retreat also boasts free Wifi, a sumptuous breakfast, and a spa area with a jet stream swim spa and sauna.
A truly standout luxury bed and breakfast retreat in a stunning beachside location.
Find our full guide to Geelong luxury accommodation by clicking here.
The Vue Grand Hotel is a beautiful Victorian era hotel located in the centre of Queenscliff. Built in 1881 the stunning heritage-listed building has an imposing foyer, staircase, and Grand Dining Room.
There are a variety of rooms on offer and guests can choose from classic colonial style rooms, rooms with balconies and spa baths, or luxury suites with freestanding tubs and bay views.
Perched at the very top of the hotel is the Turret Suite, where guests are treated to panoramic views of Swan Bay and Port Phillip Heads.
Featuring lavish decor this luxury retreat has a king-size bed, leather lounge and bar area, and a terrific spa bath with water views. There’s even a telescope for guests to view the stars and watch the ships passing through the heads.
The boutique hotel offers seasonal fine dining in the Grand Dining Room and more casual fare at the Pekish Street Bar on the outdoor terrace.
The magnificent grand old heritage building and glorious views.
Car parking is not available.
A heritage listed boutique hotel in a central location that has a variety of rooms and suites to choose from.
Salt Loft is a delightful couple’s retreat in the heart of Queenscliff just a few minutes stroll to the town’s main street. Its elevated position treats guests to expansive water views across the town’s rooftops.
This beautifully appointed self-contained Bellarine accommodation is close to Queenscliff restaurants and tourist attractions. A fab feature of the property is the sun-drenched balcony where guests can enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in the late afternoon sun.
Other features include a fully equipped kitchen with euro appliances, a pod coffee machine, a barbecue, and a luxury bath.
The host is very welcoming and easy to communicate with and guests are treated to a lovely welcome basket.
The location, fabulous balcony, and secure off-street parking.
Some people may have difficulty with the stair access.
For couples looking for quality peninsula holiday rentals, Salt Loft is a perfect choice.
Point Lonsdale Accommodation
Nestled on over 200 acres of rural and conservation land, Lon Retreat is one of the top luxury escapes Victoria has to offer.
Hidden away on a hill, this incredible property features seven luxurious suites, a rejuvenating health spa, and a marvelous heated indoor pool.
Each suite is a personal sanctuary with its own unique design in earthy tones inspired by the natural setting. They all have a kitchenette with microwave, fridge, and weber barbecue, some suites also have a stovetop and dishwasher.
A delightful feature of this stunning property are the many beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for guests to relax in. Visitors are welcome to explore the farm or join one of the in-house events such as yoga and twilight bathe and grazing.
Guests are provided with an artisan breakfast hamper for the first morning of their stay.
The relaxing atmosphere and beautiful surroundings.
The property is a little out of town and a car is advisable.
One of the most luxurious and relaxing Bellarine getaways with a health spa and heated indoor pool.
Ocean Grove Accommodation
If you’re looking for coastal holiday rentals close to the beach, then Ti-Tree Village could be for you.
Ti-Tree Village has twenty self-contained cottages that are suitable for families with kids, small groups, and romantic getaways.
There’s a children’s playground, and books, board games, puzzles, and DVDs to keep the kids amused. And a communal barbecue area in the lush grounds.
Each cottage has a well-stocked kitchen, excellent balcony, free wifi, and a flat-screen TV. Most of the cabins also have a two person spa and an open fire to keep you toasty warm in winter.
The Village is superbly located within easy walking distance of the beach, river and local shopping strip.
The fantastic location and easy relaxed atmosphere.
The cottages are a bit dated.
Ti-Tree Village offers fully self-contained cottages within a two minute walk of the beach.
Situated on 230 acres of coastal farmland near Ocean Grove, Oakdene Vineyards offers opulent winery accommodation on the peninsula.
The original 1920s Oakdene homestead has been beautifully restored and outfitted with eclectic decor seen throughout the whole estate.
The three uniquely themed guestrooms are quirky and fun and feature comfy beds, heating and cooling, flat-screen TVs, free wifi, and plush ensuites.
A highlight of the property is the delightful garden that’s filled with weird and wonderful pieces of artwork. Be sure to take a stroll while you’re here.
There are two restaurants on-site and guests can enjoy wine tasting at the famous upside-down cellar door.
Guests are treated to a tasty free breakfast and delicious nibbles on arrival at Oakdene Vineyards Guesthouse.
The eclectic decor and quirky artwork.
Oakdene is not accessible to the beach or town by foot.
Oakdene Guesthouse offers unique and quirky winery accommodation on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Read our full guide to the best Ocean Grove accommodation here.
Barwon Heads Accommodation
Seahaven Village offers guests a range of Bellarine holiday rentals that are suitable for both couples and small families.
Guests can choose from light filled studios, luxury spa suites, two-bedroom apartments, and a three-bedroom townhouse that’s perfect for families.
All options have a modern and fresh design with cooking facilities, fridges, wifi, reverse cycle air-conditioning, and a lovely outdoor deck area.
Barbecue facilities are available and the Village is situated opposite parkland with a playground and skatepark.
Seahaven Village is a ten-minute walk from shops, cafes, beaches, and the river. The hosts are super helpful, friendly, and well-organised.
The great outdoor living areas and quiet peaceful location.
The small car spaces can be tricky for large vehicles.
Seahaven Village offers modern self-contained accommodation just a short walk from the town and beaches.
Just like its name says, Central Barwon Heads has a central location within easy walking distance of shops, cafes, and beaches.
This self-contained accommodation sleeps six people in three bedrooms and boasts three plush bathrooms with showers. Two bedrooms have double beds and a third has two singles.
The property features large light rooms with high ceilings and a covered balcony with a barbecue for entertaining. Other amenities include flat-screen TVs, a well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and there’s a convenient washing machine as well.
The helpful host is easy to communicate with and guests appreciate a welcome bottle of wine and cheese platter.
The excellent location and large apartment.
There is an extra charge for towels and bed linen.
A three-bedroom centrally located self-contained apartment with an undercover balcony.
Nestled amongst an olive grove, Manzanillo Villa offers a tranquil getaway where you can kick back to the sounds of nature.
There are 3 one-bedroom villas, each with a large ensuite bathroom, a dining area, and a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and dishwasher.
All three villas overlook a pretty pond and feature an outdoor decking area with seating. Other amenities include flatscreen televisions, air-conditioning, free private parking, and super comfy beds.
Manzanillo Grove is located just a short drive from Drysdale town and 15 minutes from beaches and wineries.
The beautiful natural setting with water features and olive trees. Comfortable beds and helpful owners.
The outdoor deck area lacks privacy.
Self-contained villas with an outdoor area overlooking a pond and olive grove. Suitable for couples looking for a quiet getaway.
323 On Jetty offers family-friendly modern motel style accommodation.
There are 10 comfortable rooms with huge ensuite bathrooms featuring walk-in showers. Each unit has a kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities, a toaster, and a microwave oven.
A highlight of this value for money motel is the heated outdoor pool and spa that can be used year-round. Other features include outdoor furniture, barbecue facilities, free private parking, and complimentary Wifi.
All rooms have a small outdoor terrace with a table and chairs.
323 On Jetty is located less than a kilometre from the Q Train. It’s a good option for those who are looking for a place to stay after dining aboard the train.
The heated pool and spa. Helpful staff and owners who will provide transport to nearby venues.
It’s hard to find fault with this property. Everything is of a high standard especially at this price and for motel style accommodation.
Top-quality family-friendly motel style accommodation with a pool and spa at a reasonable price.
Set in a gorgeous old house that’s been tastefully renovated, Pelican Sands offers traditional style bed and breakfast accommodation.
There are five individually themed guest rooms each with luxury ensuite bathrooms with huge corner spa baths. Other features include wooden floorboards, air-conditioning, a flat-screen TV and DVD player, a fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities.
Guests can enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in front of the cosy open fire in the communal lounge, or on the enticing balcony with views of the bay and parklands.
The huge corner spa baths and fabulous balcony.
The guesthouse is located a wee bit out of town.
Pelican Sands offers luxurious bed and breakfast style accommodation in a beautifully renovated old house.
Embrace the country life at Oxley Estate Bed And Breakfast. Set on ten acres the property has a rose garden, orchard, and olive grove, as well as sheep, pigs, goats, and chickens.
There are four luxury guest rooms each with a large corner spa bath and a fifth room that sleeps four. Guests can make use of a fully equipped communal kitchen, laundry facilities, and a great barbecue area.
A highlight of the estate is the sparkling outdoor solar heated pool – a favourite on hot days. Guests are treated to a continental breakfast and afternoon tea on arrival.
The estate is situated 500 metres from the beach and opposite the Portarlington Golf Course.
The peaceful country atmosphere and sparkling pool.
The rooms are a tad small.
The Oxley Estate Bed And Breakfast has a peaceful country setting, rooms with ensuite spa baths, and an inground pool.
Map Bellarine Peninsula Accommodation
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