It might be because I grew up on the coast, but I love being around the beach to re-charge, come summer or winter. The Frenchies try and make our way to the peninsula whenever we can for a quick break, but it can get rather expensive so am sharing details of a little gem*. Next time you are heading down to the peninsula why don't you stay at the Retro Beach Shack- AirBnb in Rye.
The seaside town of Rye is less than a 100km from Melbourne and is easily accessible via the freeway or the longer coastal drive. The seaside town has all the essentials for a weekend away and does not carry the price tag of Portsea and Sorrento.