Less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula makes the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers. Whether your perfect retreat involves lazy days in calm inlets, or fun-packed aquatic activities on hair-raising surf, there is something to suit all tastes. The Mornington Peninsula is dotted with highly-acclaimed wineries and restaurants offering mouth-watering, locally grown delicacies to sample. The area is also soaked in history, with relics from the earliest Aboriginal times, a lengthy maritime connection, and unmistakable colonial influence.
Here we’ve gathered together 5 of our top things to do while visiting the region:
1. The Mornington Peninsula is a haven for wildlife with plenty to keep nature lovers excited and inspired. Explore the remote location of French Island National Park, which is only accessible by boat. Home to Victoria’s largest colony of koalas, the island also has a huge array of native birdlife and you may even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins and seals on the ferry ride over as well.
2. With a staggering 170 vineyards, and innumerable excellent eating establishments, the Morning Peninsula is all about the good things in life. The prestigious Veraison Restaurant sits within the picturesque Bluestone Lane Winery; it’s no surprise that the stunning surroundings make it one of the leading winery wedding venues in the region. For a slightly less formal atmosphere, head to Mornington Brewery to sample award-winning beers and tasty wood-fire pizzas.
3. The fertile land of the region lends itself to a feast of locally grown produce, which can be picked up at bustling farmers’ markets, or on roadside stalls. Pluck ripe, juicy cherries at Red Hill Cherry Farm or for a touch of decadence, indulge in hand-made delights from Mornington Peninsula Chocolates.
4. The naturally heated geothermal springs in the area invite unadulterated luxury and pampering. The Peninsula Hot Springs is the ultimate in relaxation, with unique, internationally-inspired bathing experiences in natural thermal mineral water. Go early to avoid the crowds and make sure you make a reservation, especially if you’re visiting on the weekend.
5. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Mornington Peninsula whilst exploring a site that played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. Point Nepean National Park features military forts & tunnels, the historic Quarantine Station and a memorial on the site where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing. There are also many walking and cycle trails through the beautiful coastal surroundings.
Whether you are seeking a quiet beach retreat or an indulgent weekend getaway, the Mornington Peninsula has it all. Take a look at our range of hand-picked, luxury Mornington Peninsula accommodation, which include everything you need to complete the ultimate relaxing break away.