While Tasmania might attract 14 per cent of its incoming migrant population from Melbourne, you don’t have to cross Bass Strait to enjoy easy accessibility to Melbourne (with the Mornington Peninsula often only one hour’s drive from the CBD) and the relaxed pace of a seachange lifestyle. 2017 ABS figures revealed that 13 of the top 25 regions for net internal migration were located outside of a capital city, with many of these considered seachange moves.
Many of those from the cities, especially Sydney, are choosing to make their first home purchase outside of cities, as work arrangement become more flexible, the cost of living within the inner city becomes exclusionary, and people become increasingly aware of the benefits of a coastal lifestyle, while being willing to embrace the sacrifices that come with such a move.
However, renting can be a great way to test out new work and living arrangements. Melbourne has no shortage of incredible coastlines spreading both east and west of it, with the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas enjoying their own specific benefits and attractions. For those wanting a little more of an escape, the Bellarine Peninsula has long been associated with a wilder coastal lifestyle, thanks to its incredible surf beaches. On the other side of Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington Peninsula is increasingly becoming linked by infrastructure and transport options to Melbourne, while also becoming its own completely self-sufficient region. With both the bay and wild back beaches, many flock to the Mornington Peninsula for the breadth of lifestyles it offers.
So why not check out some of the best rentals available on both peninsulas? There are countless opportunities available to those who want to spend a lazy Sunday at inspections, but to save you the trouble we put together 25 of our favourite coastal homes for rent right now.