First on the list is Tuck’s Ridge bringing a playful, contemporary wine experience to the rolling hills of Red Hill. Sit back with friends on the most photographed swing on the Mornington Peninsula sipping on fruity favourites and dig into their so insta-worthy menu. They’ve nailed creating a setting and journey that reflects the attitudes and pleasures of a new generation of wine lovers.
Heading over toward Western Port you’ll find Cape Schanck Boardwalk, just follow the signs to Cape Schanck Lighthouse. Here you will be treated to stunning natural beauty with paths leading to magnificent views out over Bass Strait and beautiful rocky coast line. The boardwalk is a mixture of wooden steps and walkway leading down to the water at the foot of Pulpit Rock.
A quirky spot to get that classic photo of your kids beaming with pride behind the wheel of a tractor is at Hawkes Farm where the Farmall tractor built in 1966 lives. It’s a favourite for visitors young and old to climb onto for that fun farmyard pic. While the tractor no longer works on the farm you might see it out and about at local events, a celebrity in its own right! At this family run farmgate you won’t be able to resist picking up a bag of their famous Kipfler potatoes which feature on countless menus at top restaurants in the region.
Not far down the road is Peninsula Hot Springs. a destination that visitors flock to for the obvious health and wellbeing benefits. You’ll be amazed at their recent developments unveiled in August 2018 including 7 new bathing pools surrounding an amphitheatre, plus an Australian first “Ice-cave” and saunas. No doubt you will want to be one of the first to try out all these new experiences, but the classics like the Hill Top Pool with 360-degree views and Spa Dreaming Centre still offer shots that will make you the envy of all your friends and followers.
Along a windy road in Red Hill you will find a culinary creation called “Flavours of Apple” at Polperro Winery expertly designed by executive chef Michael Demagistris. It’s clear to see that it is inspired by their onsite apple orchard and misty mornings in Red Hill. The dessert is smoked with applewood, and features fresh apple juice and calvados in a liquid centre surrounded by a carrot cake and dipped in white chocolate to finish! We are sure this dessert won’t be the only thing you snap up during your visit as the view looking over the vineyard will pull at your heartstrings. On a winter day, they have blankets, warm fires, and drinks on the menu that will help make your experience totally cosy.
Next on the list is Point King which is accessed via Millionaires Walk which you will find between Sorrento and Portsea. Honestly snap this one up and put it on your vision board, because there is nothing like the views of the bay and these homes to conjure up some #lifegoals. This short 1.5km one-way walk from Point King Road to Lentell travels along the edge of the clifftop with world-class views of the bay, beaches, and into the town of Sorrento. It is not a long walk but very scenic with the water on one side and the “Millionaires Mansions” on the other side. It is all on public land with no official carpark but you can park in either Point King Road or Lentell Avenue. Do be mindful of the resident’s privacy and property.
If you continue to travel on past Portsea you will reach Point Nepean National Park. Fort Nepean (pictured) is at the very end of the Point Nepean National Park. You can reach it by the ‘Hop on Bus’ from the Quarantine Station or you can drive to the car park at Gunners Cottage and walk down the Coppins Track or along the beach from the cattle jetty to Fort Nepean. On the way to Fort Nepean you will pass by the remnants of Fort Pearce. Fort Nepean is right at the end of the peninsula and although the upper level of the fort is no longer there, the underground tunnels and the places where the big guns were located can still be accessed. You may even see the odd echidna on the side of the road or stop to take a photo of the memorial to our lost Prime Minister – Harold Holt who disappeared in December 1967 whilst out for a swim at Cheviot Hill Beach.
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