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Visit Mornington Peninsula

Visit Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is located in the Melbourne area. Only an hour and a half’s drive from the street art capital, Mornington is known for its beautiful beaches, good vibes, tranquillity and fine wine. Whether you’re on holiday or just visiting for a few days, here are some of the places and activities you shouldn’t miss on your trip to the peninsula.

When and how do I get to Mornington Peninsula?

The Mornington Peninsula is only an hour and a half drive from Melbourne. The easiest way to get there is by car from Melbourne.

Melbourne Airport is 95km from Mornington and Avalon Airport is 127km away.

Like many places in Australia, the peninsula is very popular in the summer (December to February) and quieter in the winter (June to August). If you want to enjoy the beaches, hiking and wine tasting while avoiding the tourists, the best time to visit is from February to April.

What to do in Mornington Peninsula?

Discover the coastal villages

A must-see when you visit the Mornington Peninsula is the village of Sorrento. On the agenda: shopping, coffee or a glass of wine on the terrace, gelato galore and going out. The Back Beach on the open sea side is frequented by surfers, while the front beach in the bay is more suitable for families and children. The Back Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula.

Other beautiful coastal villages such as Mornington and Dromana provide a relaxed atmosphere and a worth a visit. The Mornington shopping street offers a wide variety of restaurants and bars that are equally appealing.

The Beach Boxes (colourful huts) of Mount Martha, less known than those of Brighton Beach, are also pretty. The beach is much less touristy. In Martha, where many cafes serve brunch throughout the day, you can feel the “chill vibe”. A little further south, on the other hand, it’s more about adrenaline. On the famous “Pillars”, many Australians and tourists gather for cliff jumping!

The summit of Arthur Seat Hill offers stunning views across the peninsula and the ocean. The ascent is possible by car or chairlift!

Walking and hiking

For an experience that combines sport and discovery, the Mornington Peninsula has plenty to offer. Here are two walks that are accessible to all:

Point Nepean National Park, at the end of the peninsula, overlooking the Bass Strait on one side and Port Phillip Bay on the other. In this park you will find secluded beaches, beautiful lookouts, a cemetery and fortifications from the 19th century. From Gunner’s Cottage, the loop is 6km long. It is also possible to walk only 3 km and then return by bus.

The Bushrangers Bay Walking Track is one of the most spectacular trails in Victoria. From the Cape Schanck Car Park you walk along the coast towards Bushrangers Bay (a bay that is only accessible on foot). You can cool off with a swim on an almost deserted beach. At low tide, you can see the rock pools. On foot, the trail is less than 6 km.

There are also a few nice and quiet picnic spots in the shade: Seawinds Gardens at Arthur Seat, Coolart Homestead and Wetlands at Somers, Historic Park at Sorrento or Schnapper Point at Mornington.

Relaxation and well-being

Do you need a full of relaxation and well-being? Visit the natural Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs! You can spend half the day there to enjoy all the hot and cold baths, spas and other spa activities. Don’t forget to book in advance (preferably on a day under 25ºC) and avoid the weekends and school holidays.

Vineyards & Tastings

Near Red Hill and Dromana, there are several vineyards, distilleries, and breweries. The selection is so wide that it’s hard to choose!

Panton Vineyard

Panton Vineyard is a beautiful vineyard open only on weekends. They offer a small but excellent wine list and cheese platters. Particularly recommended is the Sangiovese, an Italian grape wine that is rare in this region. Karen, the owner of the vineyard, welcomes you into her “garden”, a small paradise.

Main Ridge Estate

A visit to the Main Ridge Estate is also a must. It is one of the oldest vineyards in the region. Libby and her son produce good wines in an idyllic environment.

Point Leo Estate

For a “spectacular” experience, visit the Point Leo Estate, the novelty in the region, where extravagance and luxury are paramount. The sculpture park around the vineyard displays impressive works of art from all over the world.

Trofeo Estate

The 100% organically grown Trofeo Estate winery is one of the few wineries that produce wine in terracotta amphorae. This is a very old tradition that is mastered at Trofeo. Excellent and fruity wines are the result and worth the trip!

Jetty Road Brewery

Those who prefer beer and cider will find tasty craft beers at Jetty Road Brewery. They offer an affordable menu and good local produce in a relaxed and musical environment. The Jetty Road team offers exceptional and incomparable service.

Mock Red Hill Cider House

This quaint wooden cabin offers delicious organic cider, made on-site by grandfather Mock and served by the granddaughter. A family story, but above all a beautiful love story!

Tuck’s Ridge

Breathtaking views, live music, home-cooked food and a great atmosphere – this is Tucks Ridge! You can also walk to the winery and restaurant “Montalto”, only 100 meters away.

Barn & Co

An affordable menu, huge homemade pizzas, a beautiful wooden house with a cosy interior, reminding you of the Alps, and playgrounds for young and old. Rachael and her children will definitely make you feel welcome.

Accommodation on Mornington Peninsula

When it comes to accommodation, you’ll be spoilt for choice! It all depends on your budget.

Budget-conscious guests will appreciate the Lakeside Villas, a 4.5-star establishment offering luxurious lakeside villas overlooking the lake and vineyards. Overnight stays start at $700 in high season (accommodation for up to 4 people) and $650 in low season.

The RACV Cape Schanck Resort is a less upscale but still quality option overlooking Port Philipp Bay. The resort has modern rooms and villas, a heated outdoor pool, restaurant and bar. From $230 AUD per night.

For bed and breakfast enthusiasts, Summerhill Farm B&B is the place for you! Located in the hinterland of Mornington, it’s a great opportunity to get away from it all and relax in the middle of nature! Rooms start at $200 AUD per night, including breakfast.

For those on a budget, you can check out the Frankston Motel, which offers rooms from $110 AUD, or a hostel like the Bayplay Lodge, located just 500 metres from the beach. The hostel has dorms and private rooms, a garden, bar and pool.

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