Northern Peninsula Meander
As the name suggests, you can meander through this very pretty part of the Peninsula, or you can step up the pace with golf courses, markets, galleries, gardens, cafes and restaurants. On the coastline are the busy village of Mornington and the exclusive enclaves of Mount Eliza and Mount Martha, while the countryside is home to the fine wineries of Moorooduc.
Here are five top tips for your stay:
- The Mornington Peninsula has a maritime climate, but there are quite different micro-climates at our inland wineries compared to the coast. Moorooduc is a noted inland winemaking area, and its wineries feature some magnificent gardens and equally memorable restaurants.
- The Briars Park is known for its 1840s homestead, bushland and wetland trails, koalas, wallabies, kangaroos and native birds you can view from bird hides. There's viewing of another kind at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the premier art gallery on the Peninsula.
- Stroll along endless beaches, book a luxury sailing trip and see the splendid Mt Martha and Mt Eliza cliff-top homes, or travel on the historic Mornington Railway steam train.
- Two excellent golf courses give you the choice of coastal play or rural play amid a peaceful flora and fauna reserve.
- Call into our villages: Mornington (weekly main street market, monthly racecourse market, galleries, cafes and restaurants), Mt Eliza (it was a setting for the Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner movie 'On the Beach' and has good shopping), Mt Martha (another exclusive village with good shopping, a foreshore reserve and a very enjoyable boardwalk through Balcombe Creek Wetlands).
Did you know?
Mornington Peninsula is the most rapidly growing vineyard area in the world with around 170 vineyards and 50 cellar door wineries.