A #HomeAway from Home: Family Stay at Mornington Peninsula, Australia

If you are seeking unforgettable travel experiences together as a family or group of friends, a vacation home by HomeAway is sure to hit the spot.


Family travel on your mind? Ditch that hotel and rent a holiday home instead! With generous spaces and affordable pricing on offer, vacation rentals are a great option when travelling with children or in groups.

On a recent visit to Mornington Peninsula in Australia (with the kids in tow!), we booked a stay with leading vacation rental company HomeAway. Relaxed and super convenient - we haven't stopped raving about our holiday home since!

HomeAway - Choosing that Special Getaway

A recent family-related survey commissioned by HomeAway, shows that Singaporean families travel to bond and holiday homes are their preferred choice of accommodation.

And we couldn’t agree more! With over 2 Million unique places to stay in, across 190 countries (and counting!),  HomeAway was our perfect first choice for a vacation rental. 

The HomeAway app (or website) is intelligent, simple to use and allows for plenty of ways to refine your search. So, whether it’s the location (far away vs. central), access to great facilities (wine and food tours anyone?) or the basics, such as having two bathrooms so no one has to share - renting a whole vacation room from HomeAway is as easy as a swipe!

The Whole House. The Whole Family. A Whole Vacation

We chose to stay in a 2-storey house located on a quiet street up on Mt. Martha. This meant literally having access to the best of both worlds - bay views during the day and city lights in the evenings. This property is an excellent starting point to key attractions in the area as well as the Pillars Beach, which is a mere 3-minute drive away!

The house we found, was befitting beyond our expectations. A renovated double storey villa, that could accommodate up to 8 people - and comfortably! Got more than one car? No problem, the property houses a two-car garage along with ample room to park more vehicles should you need to. This HomeAway property has a beautiful, airy feel about it. An open plan area upstairs spills into a modern kitchen while floor to ceiling windows lead into a massive balcony cum deck. The home also comes well equipped with everything a family would need. A well designed and large kitchen, toiletries, TV, washer and dryer, and the highlight of our stay - a ginormous BBQ!

Do We Really Need to Step Out?

HomeAway’s recent survey says 59% of travellers spend at least 10 hours in a holiday home hanging out vs. 40% who would do so in a hotel. And we were no different!

Board games, family movie time or simply soaking in breathtaking views from the outdoor area; we really didn't need to leave this vacation home at all! The owners take extra care to make your stay special at this Mount Martha house - coffee, fresh milk, and chocolates are already stocked for weary travelers. As is the kitchen with an incredibly large array of utensils, cutlery and glassware; so whether it’s martinis or lemonade, you can drink up in style.

The 4-burner BBQ makes for the perfect addition to a family home and the essential Aussie holiday experience. Our evenings were made extra special, with the whole family cooking together while taking in those stunning sunset views, of course.

While there are plenty of beautiful drive options, in and around Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula remains a firm favourite for families travelling with kids. Easy, short drives and a bounty of kid-friendly activities, make Mornington a great base to explore the region. Our Mt. Martha vacation villa had a convenient location, thereby giving access to the beach, vineyards, a strawberry farm, cheese tasting venues and animal encounters (Moonlit sanctuary) aplenty. Also, with proximity to nearby groceries, stocking up on daily necessities was incredibly easy as was grabbing a much delightful Chinese takeaway!

#HomeAway - 65 Million Visitors and more!

With over 65 million travellers visiting HomeAway’s global sites, it truly is the world's leading online marketplace for vacation rentals. Part of the Expedia family of brands, HomeAway connects homeowners with travellers who seek the ease and convenience of vacation rental homes, as an alternative to hotels. 

If you are keen to take your family travel experience to the next level - don’t miss their Chinese New Year promo! Book your dream family holiday on HomeAway and get an SGD88 activity hongbao voucher to spend on Expedia Activities (Valid till 28th Feb 2019).

Value for money, enough space to spread out and a great way to spend time together, family holidays were never this fun!

Property Details: HomeAway - Sea & Tree, Mount Martha VIC, Australia

Natasha Tulsi

08 Feb 2019, 10:00 AM

Wordsmith and marketer by day, Natasha is your go-to girl on all things beauty, travel and family. This mommy to two loves her cheese, a fab read and crooning to Ping Fong (don't we all?). Natasha also heads up Communications at Expatgiving and helps volunteers find their dream non-profit role! Reach her at email