Blending a glittering coastline with vineyard-cloaked rolling hills, this pretty peninsula has long been a popular playground for visitors near and far.
Mornington Peninsula is southeast of Melbourne with views overlooking Port Phillip Bay on the left-hand shoreline and peering towards Western Port on the right. Frankston, the peninsula’s gateway, is just 55km (50min drive) from Melbourne. At its toe, Portsea is 110km (1hr 40min drive) from Melbourne.
For its immense collection of first-class attractions and experiences that charm all ages and tastes across the seasons.
Beaches, oh beautiful beaches – the peninsula is bursting with them. Some highlights are…
Port Phillip Bay beaches
Western Port beaches
In excess of 50 cellar doors are dotted across the Mornington Peninsula with a large concentration around Red Hill and Main Ridge. Where to start? Try one of these:
Crittenden Estate: A must-visit for the true wine connoisseur.
Foxeys Hangout: Vibrant with an elevated lawn area ideal for sipping on sparkling on a sunny day.
Main Ridge Estate: Billed as the Mornington Peninsula’s first licensed winery, established 1975.
Montalto: Fantastic elevated views and a sculpture trail set the tone for a memorable cellar-door experience.
Mont Rouge Estate: French-influenced cellar door complete with a chocolaterie.
Polperro: Gorgeous setting for sampling estate and single-vineyard wines.
Pt. Leo Estate: Delicious vino meets an expansive outdoor sculpture park.
Ten Minutes by Tractor: Cool name and an even better cellar door.
Tucks: Fun and relaxing and a bit different. Try a blind wine-tasting experience.
If a porter rather than a pinot is your go, you’ll be impressed by the peninsula’s burgeoning brewery scene. It includes:
Highlighting the peninsula’s diversity is a scattering of great galleries and gorgeous gardens. This handful is among them:
Mornington Peninsula Regional Art Gallery: A premier find with a strong local flavour among its diverse and extensive collection.
Baluk Arts: This leading Aboriginal community arts centre displays and sells a vast range of art and craft.
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery: View 100-plus outdoor sculptures in scenic, spacious surrounds. Inside, there are thousands of artworks to admire.
Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens: Australia's oldest hedge maze and impressive sprawling gardens combine to make this a must-visit attraction.
Mornington Botanical Rose Gardens: Thousands of bloomin’ beautiful roses create a carpet of colour.
There are more than a dozen first-class golf courses in these parts, and public access is readily available. Highlights include:
We’re putting this pair out for special mention…
Enchanted Adventure Garden, Arthurs Seat
Little ones will be wide-eyed with wonder at the sight of this grand garden and its feast of fun. A general admin ticket grants access to garden mazes, an enchanted lake, giant tube slides, themed gardens, and more. At an additional cost are tree climbing challenges and a thrilling zipline experience.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale
View dozens of native animals in spacious bushland and enjoy intimate encounters that include kangaroo feeding, koala petting, and keeper talks. Bigger kids are sure to be enthralled by the after-dark tours.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Soak in a series of thermal mineral pools and private baths sprinkled within tranquil surrounds. The views from the hilltop pool are hard to top. Spa treatments and various wellness experiences are available, too.
Arthurs Seat Eagle
Reach the summit of Arthurs Seat the easy way! Gondolas make the epic climb to the peninsula’s highest point where stunning 360-degree views are on offer. There’s a café at the summit and walking tracks that reveal more of those pretty panoramas.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Rugged surf beaches, coastal walks with high visual rewards, wetlands, and the chance to spy wildlife and birds are among the highlights of this glorious area.
Point Nepean National Park
Spotted at the absolute southern tip of the peninsula, this park is dotted with variable points of interest. There’s Fort Nepean with its extensive military history and associated artefacts, a quarantine station, and a succession of spectacular coastal views, among more.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve
Expect more jaw-dropping coastal outlooks from this vantage point, dominated by a historical lighthouse. A walk to witness Pulpit Rock and dramatic basalt cliffs serves up even more sweet treats for the eyes.
Mornington Peninsula has a total of 192km of coastline. This equates to roughly 10% of Victoria's total coastline.
If you’re looking for accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula, we have you covered.
BIG4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park
Park type: Holiday.
This leafy park occupies a position at the top of the peninsula and boasts a relaxing ambience. An assorted cabin range is supported by plentiful powered sites, including drive-through options.
Time for a seaside escape? Plan your next break with BIG4 now.