Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula

Is it any wonder that generations of Australians have escaped here for holidays? Our pristine bay beaches, wild ocean coastline and gloriously green hinterland have been much loved for more than 150 years… but there’s now so much more to do, to see and experience.

We have 19 golf clubs with world-class courses crafted from the sand dunes that promise outstanding year round play. Our Pinot Noir is known throughout the world – and more than 50 cellar doors are waiting to show you why.

You can explore the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk right around our coastlines and through our national parks and hinterland, then slip into the soothing waters of one of the world’s top day spas with 31 bathing experiences in naturally heated mineral waters.

You can swim with seals, dive with dolphins, snorkel with sea dragons or scuba dive around eerie wrecks, some which date back to the 1800s. In fact, the early chapters of Victoria’s European history were penned here, when the beautiful village of Sorrento became the first British settlement in 1803.

In 1859, Cape Schanck lightstation was the second to be built in Victoria. It still boasts its first beacon and is one of the few operating as it originally did. The views from the top are legendary!

So if you haven’t visited for a while, it’s certainly time to discover our extraordinary range of attractions… and we haven’t even mentioned our grand estates, galleries, gardens and mazes, beach and bush horse rides, captivating little villages and cycling right to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula in historic Point Nepean National Park.

Attractions Pass

The Mornington Peninsula Attractions Pass includes entry and bonuses at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, Cape Schanck Lightstation, Moonlit Sanctuary and Peninsula Hot Springs with discount offers at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Box Stallion Winery and Peninsula Searoad Ferries.  Tickets include more than $100 worth of value and retail for $63 adult, $45 child. They are available online.

Highlights

Peninsula Hot Springs

The multi-award winning Peninsula Hot Springs just keeps getting better and better. It’s ranked in the world’s top five Best Hot Springs by Frommer’s Guide, and has 31 beautiful bathing experiences. Amongst them are a hilltop pool with 360 degree views, a massaging falling water pool and rejuvenating hand and foot baths, all fed by naturally heated mineral waters.

Swimming with Dolphins and Seals

Port Phillip Bay is home to many fur seals and bottlenose dolphins who are well accustomed to visitors donning wetsuits and snorkels to explore their world. Their antics are an absolute joy – and this could just be the start of your aquatic adventures on the Peninsula. You can take a dolphin swim cruise (or just sightsee) with Moonraker Dolphin Swims.

Mazes and Gardens

The Mornington Peninsula has some of Victoria’s most beautiful gardens and green escapes. They’re filled with everything from vast rose beds to thousands of lavender bushes, from award-winning outdoor sculpture collections to huge mazes, and heritage vegetables to butterfly walks. 

At the Enchanted Maze Garden you can choose your challenges: four mazes including the eerie indoor 3D maze, thrilling tube sliding and the newest aerial adventure of tree surfing at Arthurs Seat where you can ride through the trees on a 10 metre high zip line. Equally colourful and fragrant are the abundant lavender bushes which bloom all year at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, where you’ll also find Australia’s oldest hedge maze.

Food and Wine

Our Pinot Noir is known throughout the world with over 60 cellar doors, ranging from the rustic to grand landmarks. Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is a stylish standout, with an estate reminiscent of the south of France. You’ll find a fine dining restaurant, casual piazza and garden café overlooking the kitchen gardens, and private picnics in a beautiful estate. Events guide or wine touring map can be found here.

Because this region is blessed with rich, highly fertile soils which have been producing beautiful bounty for more than 100 years. Orchardists, farmers, market gardeners, vineyards and specialist food producers are now spread throughout the hinterland, and in every village you’ll find gourmet food stores which proudly promote our local produce. Visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to pick your own huge berries, delight in decadent desserts or taste their fruit ciders.

Main Ridge Dairy is close by. Here you can watch the goats being milked and taste a delicious array of cheeses. At Green Olive at Red Hill, you can sample a variety of olive products and meet the farm animals.

National Parks and Outstanding Landscapes

Long known as a destination with beautiful beach walks and spectacular clifftop strolls, the Mornington Peninsula now boasts one of Victoria’s top walks. You can walk right to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, past the old Quarantine Station, World War 2 military defences, along coastal and bush tracks at Point Nepean. In 1859 Cape Schanck Lightstation was the second to be built in Victoria. It still boasts its first beacon and is one of the few operating as it originally did! The views from the top are legendary!

World class golf courses

The Mornington Peninsula ticks just about every box in even the most demanding golfer’s checklist. Firstly, it would be hard to find such a compact and beautiful region with so many courses and such great diversity. Dotted along our famous coastlines are 15 clubs with 19 links, parkland and resort courses, with an easy drive of no more than 15 or 20 minutes between each.

The golf is truly year round, with a mild maritime climate, sand dunes providing naturally contoured challenges and underlying sandy soils that drain very quickly.  There’s an incredible choice of play, from social golf to the very demanding Open course at Moonah Links, which designer Peter Thomson calls the ‘Leviathan’ as it’s “one of the largest creatures on the planet”.

Where to stay

Hidden in our hinterland are luxurious country house retreats, vineyard cottages and lakeside lodges, while along the coast are spacious contemporary apartments, family friendly motels and historic hotels.

When indulgence is the only thing that matters, the superb apartments at Port Phillip Estate at Red Hill have opulent interiors, private terraces and spectacular vineyard and coastal views. Equally blissful are the elegant, fully self contained chalets on a private lake at Woodman Estate Spa Retreat. In the heart of Red Hill, Lindenderry is a luxurious and beautiful sanctuary set amidst vineyards and 30 acres of exquisite gardens.

Tussie Mussie Vineyard Retreat promises a luxurious escape to a little piece of Provence on the Mornington Peninsula.

For keen golfers, Peppers Moonah Links Resort has luxury accommodation next to the championship Moonah Links and the popular Fairways Resort is right beside Rosebud Country Club.

If the sea appeals, the famous Portsea Hotel has comfortable accommodation plus executive apartments. The historic Flinders Hotel is now a boutique hotel with 40 new guest rooms a short walk from the beach. Airy apartments and suites are plentiful at Best Western One Four Nelson and Aquabelle at Rye, Best Western Brooklands at Mornington.

Great Deals and special offers

Throughout the year, there are different special offers and great deals to help you make the most of your visit. Discover a Golf Hot Deal at a number of courses here.

Plan a great getaway to the Mornington Peninsula with one of our great accommodation packages here.

Contact

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