The Mornington Peninsula has been creating a rich cultural and artistic history since the first European settlement was established near Sorrento in 1803. Victoria’s second lightstation was built at Cape Schanck in 1859 (it still boasts its original beacon and operates much as it did originally), and Point Nepean played a critical defence role from the 1880s through both World Wars.
Closed to the public for more than 100 years, Point Nepean was also home to an historic Quarantine Station which has recently been opened to visitors.
You can explore all this living history, then wander through modest colonial homes and grand mansions before discovering contemporary art in dozens of galleries and studios throughout the Peninsula.
Famous homes include the humble 1844 McCrae Homestead which takes you back to pioneer times, and stately 1895 Coolart Homestead with bird-filled wetlands. 1863 Beleura was the Tallis family summer home for many years, and is now known for its rich furnishings and the beauty of its gardens. Another opulent property is Mulberry Hill, once home to artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and Joan (Lady) Lindsay, author of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.