6 Home Exchanges In Victoria That Are Perfect For Families

By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist

Ever considered swapping homes with another family to facilitate (much cheaper, much easier) family holidays? Yup, just like they do in The Holiday (although hopefully with less emotional angst), you can exchange homes with someone in another part of Australia (or go wild, the world), and enjoy a family holiday somewhere new with the sense that you’re really living like a local. 

If you don’t want to directly swap, some exchange websites let you operate on a points basis, giving you more flexibility to travel locally. But! Before you dive into the home exchange life all guns blazing, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into. Check out our post on all-things home exchanges here

Here are 6 home exchanges in Victoria that are perfect for your next family getaway.

Surfcoast Beach House - Torquay

Perfect for larger families, this four bedroom, two bathroom beachside home on the Surfcoast of Victoria, Australia comes complete with spectacular ocean views and stunning sunsets every evening. Located at the gateway to the world famous Great Ocean Road and 12 Apostles, Torquay is also close to some of Victoria’s most iconic surf beaches—like Bells Beach and Rocky Point. Day trips to other beautiful beaches including Airey's Inlet, Lorne, Apollo Bay and Port Fairy are a must. 

This home away from home (literally) comes equipped with all of the necessities for a fuss-free vacay with the kids, including a dishwasher, washing machine, and even optional use of a car. 

More information here. 

Hilltop Retreat - Mornington Peninsula

Another one that’s great for larger families or two smaller families looking for an ideal holiday spot, this gem is located in Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula. It offers the best of native bush and beach within easy reach and is situated 10 acres of bush overlooking the State forest and Port Phillip Bay. It’s a 10-minute drive from the beach, offering space and serenity away from the more densely populated Peninsula towns.

This simple and stylish home is complete with 3 queen beds and a kid's room with 3 single beds plus trundles. Kids will love exploring the gorgeous gardens and surrounds! 

More information here.

Lakes Beach House, Lakes Entrance

The Lakes Beach House is a brand new four bedroom holiday home in Lakes Entrance, designed and built with the idea of catering for 1 or 2 families to relax and to enjoy the Gippsland Lakes and its stunning surrounds.

Families will love exploring local beaches and trying their hand at the range of watersports on offer, plus the range of local walking and cycle trails will allow young ones to blow off some steam. The house is equipped with a large yard for kids to play in, while the undercover outdoor deck makes for great entertaining. 

More information here.

Family Home - Menzies Creek, Dandenong Ranges

A gorgeous getaway for nature-loving families, this 4 bedroom home in the Dandenong Ranges is located on an acre of property. There are extensive vegetable gardens that guests can help themselves to, as well as walking tracks and a long rail trail for bike enthusiasts. Perfect for kids, the grounds of this property will keep them entertained for hours—and the house is equipped with everything you could think to need during a family vacation. 

More information here.

Child-Friendly House, Black Rock

If you don’t want to head too far out of Melbourne, this kid-friendly house is perfect for you. Equipped with extensive entertainment options, including a trampoline, table tennis, basketball ring, Netflix, wifi, toys and books, the whole family will love waking up here.

Close to the charming village and beach of Black Rock, this seaside home-from-home is perfectly located out of the city, but only a short train-ride away should you wish to explore Melbourne in greater depth (and you should—there’s so much to see and do with kids.)

More information here.

Designer Coastal Home, Rye 

Only 800m from the beautiful Tyrone Foreshore is this charming coastal home located in the picturesque pocket of Rye, tucked in between picturesque Whitecliffs and Blairgowrie.

Designed with living in mind this tastefully renovated beach style home features bright open planned living, while the generous landscaped garden features citrus and olive trees with a hot outdoor shower, half-pipe skate ramp, trampoline, tree swings and gorgeous cubby house. What more could the kids want?!

More information here.

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