We are truly blessed in Australia, it doesn’t matter where you live in this beautiful country, we are spoilt for choice with great holiday destinations be it bush, coast, country or outback… sometimes I think we forget to look in our own backyard when planning that perfect little get away…
Being the last minute type, many things come into play when planning our family trips away- we usually travel in school holidays which means prices go up, hotels are booked out way too early and let’s face it, they’re usually teeny-tiny… I want to relax too! I’ve been hunting for my own ‘home away from home’ and Airbnb is the perfect option for a family like ours- looking for a get away in total comfort without the hotel price tag.
Where we stayed: Blairgowrie, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
As it turns out, with Airbnb I didn’t have to look too hard. This gem was one of the first few I browsed through when scrolling through the selection on Airbnb.
It wasn’t hard to choose the location either- it’s Sadie’s fifth birthday, so I knew exactly where she’d want to go, her fave beach location- The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria! Not only does it have the most beautiful beaches- Sorrento, Rye, Blairgowrie, both bay and ocean, but it’s just a short hour and half drive from the Melbourne CBD and if the weather isn’t favourable there is still plenty to do! Perfect!
I had never booked holiday accomodation using Airbnb but the whole process took only minutes and was so simple, our hosts were lovely and answered any questions I had straight away. Our place was nothing short of stunning and the perfect mix of style and comfort but as life would have it the kids didn’t let me to spend all day soaking in the much needed R&R that I thought I deserved… so here’s what we got up to….
- It was raining when we set off on our little holiday, definitely not beach material, we headed up the hill about 20 minutes before our destination (at Shoreham) to the enchanting Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens …
The kids had a ball searching the grounds for the hidden fairies and gnomes and getting lost in the hedge maze… they also made a wish in the wishing well- so cute!
Quick Tip: Because the weather is so unpredictable in this end of the world and because the kids are always so excited to pack and go to the beach, I always get the kids to pick out three wet weather activities on the net before we go so they are just as pumped for the wet days, otherwise bad weather can put a damper on the whole trip.
2. Grabbing a coffee over looking the bay at The Baths in Sorrento was our favourite way to finish the day. Followed by some yummy fish and chips on the pier. I can highly recommend Morgan’s Fish and Chips (and they do gluten free as well!)
3. Taking a walk up to Coppins Look Out at Sorrento back beach is definitely worth a visit. The views are spectacular and there are gorgeous walking tracks through to other parts of the peninsula.
Quick Tip: For long scenic walks where the kids might tire easily, create a mini- treasure hunt for them. It only has to be simple but will keep them moving. Eg. Find something blue, something shiny, something unusual to collect. A little competitive edge and they’ll be streaming miles ahead of you looking for their treasure.
4. Strolling through the main street of Sorrento and checking out the local shopping and cafes is always a must when you are in the area. Whether you are into antiques, boutiques or cute cafes the Beach Road Precinct has it all.
A much needed baby-chino was on the cards after hitting up all the shops- this little Miss was tired!
5. When the weather fines up our pick of the beaches is the Rye Front Beach. When the tide is out, the water is crystal clear and knee deep for what seems like miles. The kids can play happily with out being knocked over by waves. That being said, if you prefer a surf beach, the beach pictured above at Coppins Look Out (Sorrento back beach) is a life saver patrolled beach and perfect for older kids.
6. Our nights were spent playing in the backyard of our Airbnb, the kids loved to sit at the bench while I prepared dinner or they chilled on the day bed and watched TV. They settled in really well into their new home with toys for Sadie to play with, while Noah relaxed, read books and had a hit of table tennis down stairs.
Having access to our own kitchen was such a plus and something I’m always searching for when holidaying. Since Noah and I both can’t eat gluten we have to be so careful about where we eat when we are dining out. Having our own kitchen took a lot of the stress out about finding food, just being able to prepare and cook our usual meals- and was a lot cheaper too!
Quick Tip: If you are like me and have Coeliac Disease and need to eat gluten free these are the places I’d highly recommend- The Baths , The Continental Hotel , Sorrento Organics (has the most amazing salads, frozen meals and desserts) and then of course for fish and chips Morgan’s Fish and Chips. Most of these places cater really well for other dietary requirements as well- dairy free, vegan etc
7. There are so many great little towns near by to visit, whether you jump on the Ferry and head across to Queenscliff on the other side of the bay of take a short drive to Cape Schanck there is heaps to explore. The kids loved the Cape Schack Light House.
8. Exploring the Rye township is also worth a look with all the seaside trimmings- stroll along the pier, collecting shells and making sand castles. In the Summer holidays and the weekends over the April holidays it also has the Rye Carnival. My kids adore the atmosphere. And most importantly there are some great coffee shops along the way!
9. And last but certainly not least, my baby turned FIVE while we were away! A little trip to celebrate and mark the occasion. I’m sure she’ll remember this for the rest of her life. There is nothing better than creating memories together as a family, discovering new and exciting things about your favourite locations and losing yourself in relaxing surroundings.
Teaming up with Airbnb in this sponsored collaboration* has been such a fantastic opportunity to spend a bit of extra quality time with my little family in one of Australia’s most gorgeous locations, I am very grateful for the opportunity. I hope you have enjoyed our little family trip away xox
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