If you do like to be beside the seaside you'll love Victoria's coastline. With postcard-ready scenery, quiet beaches, historical landmarks and plenty of laid-back dining spots, its townships are incredible options for a weekend away or short break. Make your coastal escape even more romantic and hole up in one of these lovely cottages…
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Situated on Victoria's south-west coast, Portland (90 minutes west of Warrnambool) is steeped in history. The site of Victoria's first permanent settlement back in 1834, this chilled destination is home to charming historical buildings (there's a walk dedicated to it), but it's its beaches that will win over couples. Close to Shelly Beach and just moments from the Portland Lighthouse and the Great South West Walk, Alandra is a beautifully restored period cottage with modern style, pressed-metal ceilings, fireplaces, chandeliers and open-plan living areas. Spend your stay discovering Portland's old-world character before returning to this brilliant home away from home.
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Sandpiper Cottage, Rye Front Beach
For sheer, unashamed romance by the coast, you can't beat Rye on the Mornington Peninsula (90 minutes south of Melbourne). Here you'll find the Peninsula Hot Springs, the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens and all the region's foodie hotspots. While exploring, base yourselves in Blue Moon Cottages's fabulous Sandpiper Cottage. In this enchanting hideaway, expect all the heritage touches that make cottage accommodation so dreamy: log fires, cosy lounges, a fully-equipped kitchen and gable bedroom, plus French doors that open onto a sweet courtyard. Another reason to visit? Sandpiper Cottage is pet-friendly.
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Saltwater Cottage, Rye Front Beach
Also in the scenic Rye township, Saltwater Cottage is a wonderful mix of old and new. Featuring original wooden floorboards, spacious decks and three-metre-high ceilings, this relaxed escape also boasts contemporary furnishings, entertainment systems and all the mod-cons. There's also a whimsical cottage garden with an outdoor entertaining area that lends itself to barbecues and sunset drinks – perfect for a summer getaway.
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