A premier holiday destination on Victoria’s south coast, The Mornington Peninsula offers fresh coastal air and gorgeous scenery. There’s something for everyone, with world class golf courses, gourmet experiences, ocean activities and fantastic luxury accommodation. Imagine, alfresco dining overlooking a vineyard, or visit a seaside village for a delicious cafe lunch, followed by a dip in the waves. exciting activities include ziplining, surfing, and swimming with dolphins. Alternatively, take a laid back approach and meander through stunning gardens and farmlands, stop in at the markets and recuperate at one of the spa’s and resorts.
What to see and do:
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
Get lost in Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze, and take in the views over seemingly endless fields of lavender. With some fantastic photo opportunities, this is a must see. Participate in The Great Gnome Hunt to see if you can spot all of the little statues hiding throughout the garden, it’s fun for all ages.
The Wine Food Farmgate Trail
The options are endless, so create your own wine and brewery tour, or join a guided one. The region in known for it’s Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. For trail ideas, pick up a Wine, Food. Farmgate and the Beer, Cider, Spirits map to see the highlights of the region. Sample locally made chocolate, honey and dairy, along with delicious drinks, and enjoy lunch at one of the unique cellar doors or restaurants.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Pamper yourself in Victoria’s first geothermal hot spring day spa. naturally heated water filled with healing natural minerals will be the perfect cure for a tired body. The relaxing pools blend seamlessly into nature, often with fantastic views as you soak. For the ultimate experience visit the Spa Dreaming Centre to choose from a variety of additional treatments, and grab a bite to eat.
Explore the Amazing Coastline
Stunning rock formations, crashing waves and seaside exploration are a must, as this region has some of the most incredible coastal scenery. The 30KM Mornington Peninsula Coastal Walk runs from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean National Park, runnning through the famous surf beaches of Rye and Sorrento. Of course the walk can be broken up into smaller segments or you can visit the destinations individually by car. Along the way is the London Bridge of The Mornington Peninsula, a poplar attraction where a large rock has been formed into an archway by the sea.
Red Hill Community Market
Soak in the vibrant atmosphere and peruse unique treasures at this community market that was conceived in 1975. Find a crafted treasure, browse the stalls and try all the delicious food the Mornington Peninsula locals can offer!
The View From Arthurs Seat
Take the historic cable car to the highest point of the peninsula and enjoy panoramic views of the landscapes below. Visit the cafe to enjoy lunch at the top with amazing views.
How to get there:
Mornington Peninsula is about an hours drive south from Melbourne. You can also travel there via direct bus, or a train connecting at Frankston.
Best time to go:
The best time to go to The Mornington Peninsula is in Summer between December and February, when the warm weather will be perfect for enjoying the coastal splendour. The area is also lovely in other seasons when the region is more quiet and visitors can enjoy cosy fireplaces and cooler days.