EAT | DRINK | STAY |EXPERIENCE
Mornington Peninsula – more than ‘just’ beach holiday destination
We know how to do summer right in Australia – the whole city escapes to seaside coastal towns anywhere from Portsea to Point Lonsdale. Just an hour or so drive out of Melbourne is the Mornington Peninsula, offering a blend of cool coastal towns, lush bushlands for walking and cool climate wineries.
The rich red soil makes Mornington Peninsula fertile ground for abundant seasonal produce, endless vineyards and foodie options, from Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove in Red Hill to the exquisite Rare Hare Food and Wine in Merricks.
Mornington Peninsula promises adventure for those big and small, like the giant tyre slides and mazes at The Enchanted Adventure Garden in Arthur’s Seat. Or hiking any number of beautiful bush trails.
Although travelling in Victoria is not possible at the moment and doors to much-loved locals remain closed – we all need something to look forward to! Here’s some inspiration for your next stay:
WINE, FOOD AND FARMGATE
FOOD & WINE
Montalto is looking forward to welcoming you back to their cellar door tasting experience. Sit back and relax as their team guides you through a sampling sessions of their incredible range.
Dine in Montalto’s award winning restaurant, offering a wonderful French and modern Australian cuisine, packed with local and estate-grown produce.
33 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South VIC 3937
The Wine Terrace offers casual dining and incredible views. Enjoy live music on the weekends from 1 pm, while overlooking the 50-hectare vineyard, Sculpture Park and the coast beyond.
Culinary Director, Phil Wood promises a story of the Mornington Peninsula on a plate at Pt. Leo’s fine-dining space – Laura.
3649 Frankston – Flinders Rd, Merricks VIC 3916
Rare Hare offers a classic tasing experience from a breathtaking location – it certainly tops the ‘must do’ list when staying on the Mornington Peninsula.
When doors reopen, visitors and locals alike flock to the long timber benches. The menu is made up of small share plates, from oysters and European small goods to seasonal vegetables and proteins.
166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North VIC 3926
Support the locals and buy direct from the fabulous growers and makers of fresh local produce. There are a range of bespoke experiences, from ‘pick it yourself’ to simply visiting where all the magic happens and meeting the people behind the operations.
Not only do they sell their own fresh produce, but also an abundance of hand picked local produce from the whole of the Mornington Peninsula.
Once restrictions ease, their veggie patch is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, while the kids enjoy the 1970s Farmall tractor that looks over the space.
661 Boneo Road, Boneo, Victoria
Green Olive at Red Hill offers a kid-friendly and dog-friendly whole farm experience! Enjoy their tasty range of olives, grapes, herbs and veggies on their 27 acre farm. They combine fresh produce with the finest drops from Mornington Peninsula wineries to create a delicious selection of tapas and wine.
1180 Mornington Flinders Road,
Main Ridge, Victoria 3928.
While Sunny Ridge is operating online throughout COVID-19, it’s one to put on the bucket list for when you can travel. Visit their strawberry farm and enjoy the ‘U PICK’ experience for those of all ages.
Set amongst Victoria’s amazing hinterland, join them for a unique harvesting experience and delicious desserts.
244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge VIC 3928
Torello Farm grows an earthy range of produce, from specialty potatoes and heirloom vegetables to seasonal fruit and vegetables, pickles and preserves
On the property, they also have Dorset Down sheep and Belted Galloway cattle, making for a unique experience!
410 White Hill Rd, Dromana VIC 3936
STAY IN LUXURY AT MORNINGTON PENINSULA
MORNINGTON PENINSULA WALKING TRAILS
Following the southern side of the Mornington Peninsula, you will see incredible scenery for 30kms between Cape Schanck and the Point Nepean National Park. You can pick an choose which paths you do each day and which direction you take, just remember some water for the journey!
Starting from the end of Point King Road, you will follow an incredible path along the Mornington Peninsula coast. This trail offers breathtaking cliff top views and will keep you busy for a good hour or so.
Enjoy a nature walk from Coppin’s Lookout to Pearce’s Beach – 14.5 kilometer. It’s the perfect trail for all skill levels and offers the chance to spot some incredible wildlife.
THE BAY TRAIL
Enjoy the beachside track starting at Safety Beach and heading to Portsea. Follow the path as it winds its way past the blue ocean waters and white sand beaches.
ADVENTURE & EXPERIENCE
HORSEBACK WINERY TOUR
Try something a little different and make an unforgettable memory! Main Ridge offers horseback winery tours through Mornington Peninsula’s best winery spots. It’s great experience for all skill levels.
Red Hill & Main Ridge, Mornington Peninsula
An award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula. It is the perfect family adventure activity designed to challenge any mind.
21 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat VIC 3936
Get up close to Victoria’s aquatic wildlife. Moonraker offers a range of swimming and sightseeing options, from 3-hour Seal and Dolphin Swims to 90-minute wildlife sightseeing adventure cruises, as well as luxury private tours.
Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943
The ultimate vantage point for panoramic ocean views. Arthurs Seat operates a state of the art aerial gondola system, that will resume once travel restrictions are lifted in Victoria.
1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana, Victoria 3936
BOUTIQUE BOOZING & BREWERIES
Jimmy Rum welcomes guests to its huge distilling operations and tasting bar. It’s Victoria’s only rum dedicated distillery and once open, you can join them for a unique tour and tasting experience.
6 Brasser Ave, Dromana VIC 3936
The ideal day trip for anyone who loves their spirits! Bass and Flinders uses an Alembic to produce a range of award-winning gins, as well as a grape-based Vodka, Limoncello, and Grappa.
40 Collins Rd, Dromana VIC 3936
A former world class horse training facility has been transformed into a truly unique venue, offering an amazing atmosphere, perfect for long sunny afternoons. Enjoy the large beer garden, pizzas and live music.
160 Sandy Rd, Fingal VIC 3939
SPAS & WELLBEING
Enjoy the award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the
Mornington Peninsula. Famous for its natural thermal mineral waters flow that into the pools and private baths.
140 Springs Ln, Fingal VIC 3939
A small, boutique yoga studio in the heart of Red Hill’s stunning scenery. They will lightly heat the room between 20-28 degrees, so be ready to sweat out all the toxins! They also provide everything you need – so just bring yourself!
76 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill VIC 3937
Endota Spa is your one stop shop for organic spa treatments, fabulous facials and spa packages. If you need to find time to rest, relax and rejuvenate – this is the place to be!
159 Shoreham Rd Red Hill, VIC 3937
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