The glory of the Mornington Peninsula
Just to the south of Melbourne is a long strip of land known as the Mornington Peninsula.
Here’s a beginner’s guide as to why this region is worth considering for your next mini-break.
The food and wine
A long-established wine region, there’s numerous wineries scattered along the peninsula - many offering cellar-door tastings, or restaurant options.
There’s a great mix of high-end destination restaurants, through to more informal dining - all celebrating and showcasing the best of the region’s produce.
At the high-end, Laura at Point Leo Estate has just been recognised as Australia’s best new restaurant, while Rare Hare at Jackalope offers a more relaxed dining vibe. Epicurean at Red Hill is perfect for a quick coffee and a snack. Or there’s numerous choices if you just fancy fish and chips on the beach.
Wherever you are on the Mornington Peninsula, you’re never too far from one of the numerous beaches that you’ve got to choose from.
Take a moment to study a map of the region and you’ll start to appreciate the different styles of beaches that are available to you. There’s the sandy beaches on the Port Phillip side, the more protected coastline of Western Port, or the ocean-facing surf beaches.
Gunnamatta Surf Beach and Rye Back Beach are popular choices for surfers. On the Port Philip side of the peninsula, Shelley beach is all about private jetties and the iconic beach-side changing boxes.
Things to do
- Heronswood - Just on the outskirts of Dromana, Heronswood is an historic home, surrounded by gardens. The estate includes a garden centre and a restaurant, all with stunning views out across the water.
- Explore the sculpture park at Point Leo Estate.
- Visit the historic quarantine station at Point Nepean.
How to get there
- There are bus services running up and down the peninsula from Melbourne, but you’ll get the most out of your stay if you have access to a hire car.
- If you’re approaching from the Great Ocean Road, there’s a ferry that crosses from Queenscliff to Sorrento.
Where to stay
- If you’re looking for high-end luxury, the Jackalope is nestled within vineyards and offers outstanding dining options.
- Sorrento is a popular choice if you’re looking for a self-contained apartment.
- The Dromana caravan park offers luxury cabins that are comfortable and well-equipped.