all the Peninsula Hinterland businesses and their websites.
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This is serious food, wine and indulgence country, particularly around Red Hill and Main Ridge. Flourishing olive groves, vineyards, cafes, restaurants, gourmet produce stores, local markets, galleries and roadside signs for farm gates and pick-your-own produce gardens are found along almost every road in the Hinterland Region.
Chefs at many highly-rated restaurants match regional dishes to regional wines and, if you really want to explore the wine list, you can catch our local shuttle service from your boutique B&B or hinterland hotel instead of driving your car.
Here are five top tips for your stay:
- The Peninsula Hinterland has the largest number of wineries of any region on the Mornington Peninsula. The easiest way to plan your winery touring and tasting is to download the Mornington Peninsula Vignerons Association map from our home page.
- As you travel around wineries, restaurants, farms and produce stores, look for the Mornington Peninsula Gourmet brand. It means top local quality from proud Peninsula operators.
- Arthurs Seat is in the heart of a number of activities – it has one of the best lookouts on the Mornington Peninsula, a maze garden, a state park with peaceful bush walks, a scenic chairlift and luxury accommodation with simply sensational views.
- In summertime, pick your own strawberries at the southern hemisphere's largest strawberry farm, then stop at a farm gate for the most luscious, sun-warmed cherries you're ever likely to taste.
- Red Hill is the main village of this region, and has a small but well-stocked shopping centre and a number of art galleries nearby.
To the Bunwurrung people, Arthurs Seat was called Wonga. A son of one of the clan's elders was born there in the late 1820's and took the name of his birthplace as his totem.