Now that the much-anticipated Easter holiday has passed, the focus for many Australian households has quickly shifted to summer holiday planning.
For Victorians, the Mornington Peninsula remains one of the top holiday destinations, despite being just a stone’s throw away.
Andrew Hall, who manages Kay & Burton Getaways, together with Vanessa Hall, says, “Due to its proximity to Melbourne’s CBD and the beautiful Mornington Peninsula townships and beaches, the area has consistently been a holiday destination for many Melbourne families.”
“Having been in the Mornington Peninsula market for two decades, my observation is 98% of the total count of visitors come from Melbourne,” he adds.
There’s a reason for the region’s popularity. While it is famous for its impressive line-up of wineries and restaurants, it also has plenty more to offer domestic and international visitors.
From the hot springs, local markets, art exhibitions, fruit orchards, and adventure gardens, the Mornington Peninsula has the versatility to entice pretty much any visitor wanting a change of scenery.
Intrastate travel has proven to remain the most popular form of planned holiday, with private holiday homes set to increase from a fifth to a quarter of the holiday accommodation market in the next few years, Roy Morgan Single Source Australia reports.
The report also shows that shorter trips, comfortable and homely accommodation are high on travellers’ agendas, showing half of travellers still plan to take a short holiday within their home state.
Mr Hall says many people, especially families, prefer holiday homes for their privacy and unshared facilities compared to hotels. Holiday homes have the convenience of space, kitchen and laundry facilities.
Increasing cost-of-living pressures and higher cost of international travel underpin many Australian household’s preference and decision for domestic holidays.
Another factor is volatile current global economic conditions, exchange rates and the lingering impact of Covid-19, which affect holiday planning.Over the last six months, one-to-two-night weekend getaways within their home state has increased four times. Recent vacation rentals data released by Statista, showed short-term private rentals represented 20.1 per cent of all accommodation bookings, with forecasts it would hit 24.3 per cent by 2026.
Kay & Burton Getaways offers a curated selection of inspiring holiday rentals with the flexibility of long- and short-term accommodation in Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye, Red Hill, Flinders and across the entire Mornington Peninsula.
And as many Victorians who see the Mornington Peninsula as their second home and perfect summer getaway spot know, planning early is key as accommodation books out fast.
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