Towns & Villages

Sorrento, Red Hill, Mornington and more villages

Little villages are just so tempting, aren’t they…think boutiques, antiques, cafes, bars, galleries, gift shops and gourmet stores. What’s even more tempting is that you’ll find more than 30 towns and villages along the coastlines and in the hinterland.

Top shopping spots along Port Phillip include Frankston, Mornington and Sorrento. Rosebud and Rye are favourite family villages, while Portsea has a celebrated beachside pub. Red Hill in the hinterland is famous for food and wine, and Tyabb for antiques. Historic Flinders on Western Port is fast becoming a great gourmet destination.

Let's start with a couple of very appealing figures about Frankston: 10km of sweeping foreshore and coastal habitat, and a 17km art and cultural drive. The foreshore features two restaurants right on the beach, while the drive takes in some of the Peninsula's best heritage attractions.

You can take a very pretty leisurely meander through the area around the town of Mornington, or you can step up the pace with golf courses, markets, galleries, gardens, cafes and restaurants. On the coastline is 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.

Seaside villages such as Portsea, Sorrento, Rosebud and Rye started the love affair between Melburnians and the Mornington Peninsula a long time ago. You can dine, wine, golf, shop and adventure – and at the end of the day just slip into a day spa for a soothing natural mineral water soak and a massage.

There is serious food and wine country on the Mornington Peninsula, 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 area.

Call into our Western Port villages including: Balnarring (a good spot to stock up on Mornington Peninsula produce), Flinders (cafes, restaurants and antique shops), Merricks (another excellent spot for Mornington Peninsula produce) and Tyabb (home of Australia's biggest antique barn, with lots of individual dealers).