It’s quite easy to nip down from Melbourne to the Mornington Peninsula for lunch – a sensible option given the vast array of award-winning eateries serving up the exceptional produce that makes this region rightly famous. But, that would only mean you’d have to come back. Make your stay here longer and breathe in the fresh sea air, sample the local cuisine and wander through the seaside cafés. Speak to one of our Travel Experts about the best way to experience this region.
Here lush green hills, covered in vineyards rolling down to the sea, and a coastline of wild, secluded beaches make Mornington Peninsula the ideal place to sample delicious wine in stunning surroundings. More than 170 vineyards can be found in the area and the region specialises in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Take your pick of tours, from a horseback ride between three neighbouring vineyards to sampling a carefully crafted wine flight from small-batch winemakers. Cheers!
Taste the Mornington Peninsula
With so much produce grown on this fertile peninsula there's no shortage of excellent food options. Live the high life at Veraison Restaurant, Loquat or Stillwater at Crittenden Estate. Additionally, take the time to visit the quaint chocolate and cheese shops in the area's picturesque coastal villages, or wander through the gourmet stores in search of artisan local goods. If you want to be fully immersed in the food and wine on offer, try the Wine Food Farmgate Trail.
Treat yourself at the Peninsula Hot Springs
If the laid-back lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula isn’t enough to soothe your soul then take to the Peninsula Hot Springs; here you can soak in the natural thermal mineral waters and let your worries wash away. The Peninsula Hot Springs has two areas: the bath house, where you can experience a Turkish Hamam, reflexology walk, cave walk and the new 'Fire and Ice' area; and the spa dreaming centre, a 16+ area where you can relax and revitalise.
Stroll through the beautiful scenery
Pristine national parks offer the chance to go bush walking in untouched nature. The flagship national park is Mornington Peninsula National Park. The coastal strip has an abundance of places to walk, swim, play golf and picnic, not to mention the chance to admire the constantly changing coastline and sweeping sandy beaches, fringed by rolling dunes.
Cycle the Bay Trail
For a faster moving alternative, swap the car for two wheels and take advantage of the excellent network of cycle paths in the Mornington Peninsula – try the Bay Trail, which hugs the foreshore, offering sea views from Dromana to Sorrento. If that sounds too sedate, ask our Travel Experts where you can zip line, kite surf or parasail.
Mornington Peninsula Itineraries
See our example itineraries that visit the Mornington Peninsula and get in touch with one of our Travel Experts to see how you can incorporate the Mornington Peninsula into your Australian itinerary.
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