Mornington Peninsula

Dramatic Seascapes, Charming Seaside Towns

Just an hour south of Melbourne, and known simply as 'The Peninsula' to the locals, this compact region is home to dramatic seascapes, charming seaside towns, wineries, artisanal producers, as well as renowned restaurants and beaches

With a rich history as a favourite holiday destination for Melbournians, the substantial weekend homes of Melbourne's well-heeled still overlook the peninsula's bays and beaches. With olive plantations, orchards and patchwork vineyards colouring this area with a decidedly European feel, it's little wonder that its contemporary charm now draw visitors from much farther afield seeking a holiday with a difference.

The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect destination for a self-drive holiday. With fresh orchard produce available at farm-gates and roadside stalls, numerous winery cellar doors welcoming visitors for tastings (especially of the renowned local pinot noir and cool-climate chardonnay), fine eateries, market gardens and dramatic sea-beaten landscapes around Cape Schanck, this is the kind of place where being able to slow down, pull over and smell the roses is an essential unforgettable part of being here.

Insider's Tips

  1. Pick a Winner: Fill a bucket of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, or pluck cherries at Ellisfield Farm.
  2. Amazing Gardens: Twist and turn your way through huge garden mazes at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.
  3. Restore Balance and Treat Yourself: Visit the naturally heated and healing mineral waters of Peninsula Hot Springs.

For More Information

For maps, days tours and accommodation options, visit the Mornington Peninsula chapter in our Victoria brochure. Click here

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