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Published November 30th 2018
Stay, Indulge & Explore, Mussels, Wineries, Beaches & More
We're lucky to live in a state with so many wonderful places to explore, Portarlington on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula a real seaside gem.
I visited recently, a very hospitable and comfortable stay at the Portarlington Beach Motel, topping off a lovely few days escaping the grind, immersing myself in nature, popping into the odd cute cafe or two, and watching a lovely big ferry sail in, the relatively new daily ferry from Melbourne to Portarlington a real treat for commuters and visitors on both sides of the bay.
The welcoming team at Portarlington Beach Motel will not only transport motel guests to and from the ferry, they'll also indulge weekend guests in a free winery tour of four local wineries including Bellarine Estate, Scotchman's Hill, Bennetts and Terindah Estate. Portarlington Wine Tours also run a free service for all weekend visitors to the region.
My accommodation was really pleasant, the large, spacious room clean, fresh and bright, the kitchenette very convenient, the little courtyard filled with birdsong, and the huge, sink-in bed very hard to leave. There is a range of options, including luxury spa suites.
It's also affordable accommodation, especially given its prime location just a short stroll from both the beach and town, its hotel, restaurants and cafes offering something for everyone. Motel guests can also enjoy a range of discounts and special offers at the Portarlington Golf Club.
There are also no shortage of attractions to keep everyone well-entertained, buying local, freshly-harvested mussels fresh from the pier my personal favourite.
While Portarlington's safe beaches have made it a popular holiday destination for more than 100 years, the bay also attracts boating enthusiasts, whether for a spot of fishing or pleasure cruising.
Between markets, the historic Portarlington Mill, a golf course, family-friendly facilities on the foreshore, a skate park and more, Portarlington makes a lovely spot to visit, whether you sail there across the seas or take an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
Oh, and if you stay at this well-established, friendly little motel, please say hi to Phil, Helen and Peter from me!