About us

What is Beach Stays?

The www.beachstays.com.au website showcases short term accommodation that is located near Victoria's coast. The accommodation is no more than 500 metres walk from the beach or coastline. The website also features a selection of businesses that offer beach activities.

The accommodation listed includes hotels, motels, resorts, apartments, cabins, cottages, holiday houses, holiday units, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, caravan parks, camping sites and backpacker hostels.

How is the 500 metres is measured?

All measurements are conducted via the shortest walking distance to the coast across public land, along roads and walkways open to the public, or walking within the boundaries of the accommodation property in question. In some cases, this shortest walking distance may be unsuitable for certain people, depending on factors including personal fitness, weather conditions and the state of access walkways, thus a longer route which exceeds 500 metres may need to be taken.

At the beach end, the measurements are taken from either the nearest presence of beach sand in the open, the high tide water mark, coastal rocks or the base of beach cliffs. These areas must all be accessible by walking along defined pathways, stairways, steps or through open space, not by climbing or abseiling down cliff faces.

At the accommodation property end, the measurements are taken from either the entrance to the allotment of land the property is situated on or the part of the property which is closest to the beach. This may mean that in some cases, the actual area you stay in may be more that 500 metres from the beach if it is located at the distant end of a large allotment, such as camping sites and caravan parks that occupy large expanses of land.

Valid beach or coastline areas in Victoria:

  • Coastline or beaches that front Bass Strait, Southern Ocean or Tasman Sea
  • Coastal bays with direct water access to Bass Strait, Southern Ocean or Tasman Sea, such as Port Phillip and Western Port
  • Coastal lakes which have permanent water access to the oceans or coastal bays defined above, such as sandy areas of the Gippsland Lakes system
  • The sandy mouths of rivers or sandy shorelines of inlets which open into the oceans or coastal bays defined above, such as Barwon River at Barwon Heads, the entrance to Anderson Inlet at Inverloch, Snowy River at Marlo, Develings Inlet at Mallacoota and Glenelg River at Nelson

Invalid beach or coastline areas in Victoria:

  • Inland river beaches, such as those along the Murray River
  • Beaches along the shoreline of land-locked lakes such as the Kerang Lakes, Lake Eildon and Lake Eppalock

How are we different?

There are many websites out there that tout themselves as providing a guide to beach or coastal accommodation. In reality, some of the properties they showcase are many kilometres from the beach and are simply not within a short walking distance, thus requiring transport.

At Beach Stays, we are different. Every property displayed is located no more than 500 metres walk from the coast. That means to get to the beach, it's just a short stroll or a few seconds in a vehicle.

After all, when planning a stay along the coast, the location is one of your main considerations!

Can I list my property on Beach Stays?

Only properties located within 500 metres walk of the beach or coast, as per the technical measurement details specified in the section "how is the 500 metres measured" can be listed on Beach Stays.

If your property satisfies the 500 metres walk test, and is located in the Australian state of Victoria, then please proceed to our advertising page.

Photos on Beach Stays

The photos shown at the top of each page and the additional photos found within the feature page on each beachside destination are the copyright material of several organisations. They have been officially licensed by us for use on the Beach Stays website. They cannot be reproduced without permission from the copyright owner.

Photos that appear within pages showcasing accommodation are under the ownership of those accommodation properties. Beach Stays has been granted permission to reproduce them here as part of their advertising package.

The Beach Stays story

The Beach Stays concept was researched and planned out during 2010 by the team at Travel Victoria. A prototype website at www.beachstays.com.au went live in October 2010.

In May 2011, the complete Beach Stays website was officially launched, featuring a diverse collection of accommodation properties in Victoria, all located within 500 metres walk of the beach or coast.

In September 2017, the Beach Stays website was redesigned with a contemporary theme that provided better support for viewing on mobile devices.

Feeling a bit lost navigating the Beach Stays website? See the site map for an overview.