Welcome to the Mornington Peninsula, the Mediterranean food-bowl of Australia!™
Few other places come close to the Mornington Peninsula, which is just one hour’s drive from Melbourne. This world-class food and wine destination is a favourite among Victorians, interstate travellers and international tourists alike. The seaside villages and coastal lifestyle, enriched by a celebration of all things epicurean and luxurious, make this part of Australia truly special. One of Australia’s main wine regions, the Mornington Peninsula has some 50 cellar doors open to the public, and is frequently chosen for weddings and corporate events. But it’s the 190km of scenic, pristine coastline that keeps visitors coming back again, year after year.
Geographically, the Peninsula starts at Mount Eliza, an urban village just past Frankston, and ends at Somerville, north of Hastings. One of Melbourne’s major shopping destinations and a vibrant bayside city, Frankston is the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. After Mount Eliza is the idyllic town of Mornington, with excellent shopping, amazing food and great coffee right on the bay.
For a more laid back day at the beach, visit fabulous Mount Martha. Cafes Via Battisti and Mr Curtis will knock your socks off with their sumptuous food and incredible coffee, with spectacular beach frontage and ocean views to boot. Continue south and venture further inland to pick up the food and wine trail, which will take you from Moorooduc to Red Hill and beyond.
The Red Hill wine region is also home a number of apple and cherry orchards and strawberry farms, some of which are open to the public year-round. There are also several art galleries dotted along the peninsula, showcasing the work of many artists in the region. If getting outdoors is more your thing, how about horse riding on the beach at Gunnamatta? There a dozens of suburb walking trails along the coast, with a visit to the Cape Schanck lighthouse and Bushrangers Bay a ‘must-do’. With 15 highly-acclaimed links courses to tour, the Mornington Peninsula is a golf-lover’s paradise and is Australia’s number one golf destination. Finally, no trip to the Peninsula would be complete without a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs, where you can bathe and relax in a tranquil and beautiful setting.
Whether you visit for the day, the week or just the weekend, you’ll love the Mornington Peninsula! It’s the perfect place for your next family holiday, corporate event or romantic escape. The fascinating geography of this part of Australia and the great many things you can see and do mean you can’t possibly leave without wanting to see more.