Easily considered as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula, which is only an hour away from Melbourne, feels like a million miles away from city life. Scattered along the coast, you’ll find quaint seaside towns to explore, pristine beaches to enjoy, and exquisite food & wine to satisfy your palate.

Perfect for weekends of pure indulgence, this coastal playground offers a myriad of fascinating attractions and outdoor activities that will simply take your breath away. If you’re looking for the perfect place for your next getaway, the Mornington Peninsula might be just what you’re looking for.

Relax and unwind

When it comes to experiencing sun, sand & surf, the Mornington Peninsula has all the bases covered. On the bay side are the family-friendly and calm sandy beaches, while on the back side are the wild surf beaches. Some of the best beaches where you can enjoy a fun day with the entire family are Mills Beach, Main Beach on Westernport Bay, Rosebud, and Mt Martha Beach – which is also popular for its iconic and brilliantly coloured bathing boxes.

If you’re looking for a truly relaxing experience, head to the renowned Peninsula Hot Springs. Here you can take in the serene surrounds whilst you bathe in the natural thermal mineral waters and let the experience calm the mind, body and soul. Continue the relaxation and book yourself in for a full-body massage at one of the many day spas around the Peninsula.

See the sights

For a fun and memorable adventure, try swimming with the friendly dolphins and seals of Port Phillip Bay. Dolphin & Seal Watching Tours depart daily from Sorrento Pier, weather permitting. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you can explore wonderful mazes and amazing gardens or go horse riding through the beautiful vineyard region of Red Hill and Main Ridge. There are also plenty of scenic walking trails that you can take on with your family and friends. A visit to Point Nepean at the southern tip of the peninsula should also not be missed if you’re keen to learn some of the history of the local area.

For those who love a game of golf, the Peninsula is renowned for its spectacular golf courses. With over 15 courses to choose from (of which 3 are listed within the top 10 of best courses in Australia), the Peninsula is definitely a golf-lovers paradise.

Food and wine

Since the early 1980s, the Mornington Peninsula has become one of Australia’s premier cool-climate wine regions, offering a superb range of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and many more. Some of the most popular wineries and cellar doors that you should visit during your getaway include the iconic Crittenden Estate, Red Hill Estate, and Polperro Winery.

While enjoying the peninsula’s famous cool climate wines, you can also treat yourself to a menu of sumptuous dishes prepared from quality local produce. Perfect for lunch with groups of friends, Foxey’s Hangout is undoubtedly one the local favourites. Ten Minutes by Tractor and Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope Hotel are also some of the best restaurants that you may want to include in your itinerary.

Where to Stay

Complete your escape on the Mornington Peninsula with the perfect place to stay. We’ve hand-picked some of the best luxury holiday homes and boutique hotels in the region to make your planning a lot easier.

If a relaxing family holiday is what you’re looking for, then we’ve got you covered. Choose from North Shore, Diamond View, and Amagansett in Sorrento, Santorini in Portsea, and St Tropez and Summoners Seascape in Blairgowrie.

For couples, there is nowhere more romantic and indulgent than the award-winning Jackalope Hotel in Merricks North. For golfers, both Moonah Links Resort and Flinders Hotel are great options.

If you are looking to stay in the heart of the wine region, Orchard Keepers and Nord House in Red Hill provide a warm and serene ambience. Alternatively, for larger groups wanting an indulgent and exquisite experience, South Hampton Luxury Retreat and Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat both offer the promise of a blissful stay.

Looking for more options? Our range of unique and luxury accommodation options around the Mornington Peninsula will suit your needs. Get in touch with one of our Getaway Specialist and start planning your getaway today!

Image Credit: Jackalope Hotel, Tourism Australia & Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism