Guide to The Mornington Peninsula
Local wineries and impressive restaurants meet on the Mornington Peninsula, journey between the busy bayside villages and stunning coastline walks and see why it is the ideal seaside getaway. Other than the amazing and innovative food and wine in the region other highlights include beautiful beaches and natural thermal pools, so there is always a spot to unwind and relax, here are our top things to do on the Mornington Peninsula.
Sample Local Wine and Craft Beer
Home to over 50 cellar doors there are plenty of options to choose from to spend an afternoon relaxing with great food and wine. Specialising in pinot noir and chardonnay, the region is also seeing a surge in shiraz, pinot giris and pinot grigio, be sure to try a wine flight to try them all and find your favourite. The area is also home to some of Australia’s premier craft breweries such as Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery and St Andrews Beach Brewery, Follow the Beer, Cide and Spirits Trail to taste them all!
Many of the local wineries are as much loved for their restaurants as they are for their wine and with views of rolling hills, lakes and vineyards it is easy to see why. The Willow Creek Vineyard is home to the Jackalope Hotell and at their Doot Doot Doot restaurant, all of the food is either grown in the kitchen garden or found locally in the region. Another option is the award-winning Laura at Pt Leo Estate, visit the ever-evolving sculpture park after your meal.
Head To The Beach
Relax on the Golden shores of Port Phillip Bay, the long wide beaches are ideal for swimming and yachting. Take in the iconic bathing boxes along the foreshore of Mount Matha and Portsea which have become an attraction on their own. If you are looking for surf beaches travel to the back beaches of Point Leo, and Sorrento where the swell is bigger on the open waters of Bass Strait.
Take In The Views
One of the best ways to take in the breathtaking views is on a coastal walk along cliff-tops in the Mornington Peninsula. Spot wildlife along the one-kilometre Fort Nepean Walk past military forts and take in the beautiful vistas.
Take Time To Relax
There is no better place to relax than the Peninsula Hot Springs, natural thermal mineral water flows from beneath the ground into pools and baths. The best to experience this is the Bathhouse and Spa Dreaming Centre, which includes a cave pool, Turkish Bath, cold plunge pools and thermal mineral showers.
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