Mornington Peninsula Shopping
- 30 seaside and vineyard villages
For such a compact region, the Mornington Peninsula has a remarkable number and variety of villages, each
offering its own individual shopping experience. There are more than 30 seaside and hinterland villages where
you'll find cafes and restaurants, high street shopping or shopping complexes, and intriguing little shops,
boutiques, galleries and local produce stores. It only takes you 30 minutes to drive from top to bottom of the Mornington Peninsula, and less than 15 minutes
from coast to coast. You could spend a few days exploring the villages and shops along Port Phillip Bay, Western
Port Bay and through the glorious green hinterland.
Travelling from north to south along Port Phillip Bay you'll find:
Frankston: a great shopping hub
This is a good spot to stop if you need to do a major stock up before holidaying on the Mornington Peninsula.
Frankston is a sizeable town, with everything from major supermarkets to little cafes and boutiques, plus a
Sunday market. And there's a magnificent foreshore for a picnic lunch.
Designer shopping at Mornington, Mount Eliza and Mount Martha
Of these three villages, Mornington shopping offers the greatest variety. Main Street is the key precinct, with
smart galleries, boutiques, eateries and day spas, but do check out the side streets too. Mornington is also very
well known for its colourful weekly and fortnightly markets. And a tip for footsore shoppers: Main Street leads
straight to the beach, where a paddle in the shallows does wonders for weary feet. Take in the heritage bathing
boxes as you walk. Mount Eliza boasts the Mornington Peninsula's biggest private art gallery, along with a village centre that
promises designer shopping in a relaxed seaside atmosphere. There are chic boutiques and others specialising
in vintage chic, with plenty of cafes, restaurants and bakeries when you need an energy boost. The Mount Martha
shopping mall is similarly appealing, with designer stores, boutiques, galleries and lots of choice for foodies.
Seaside shopping at Dromana, Rosebud and Rye
These three villages (with McCrae and Tootgarook in between them) have almost merged into one long and enjoyably
explored retail strip right opposite the white sands of Port Phillip Bay. Simply everything you need for a
holiday is here in the shopping centres and supermarkets, along with all those delightful extras including
boutiques, galleries, art and craft shops, day spas, cafes and restaurants. And don't forget the markets at
Portsea and Sorrento shopping: sheer style
Sorrento became Victoria's first British settlement in 1803, and it now has a winning blend of historic
limestone buildings and 21st century style. Sorrento and Portsea are two of Australia's most expensive
postcodes, with many multi-million dollar holiday mansions, so the retailers here cater for a most discerning market.
Westernport Villages of Flinders, Balnarring and Hastings. Each with their own sense of style.