You will be guaranteed to work up an appetite. Luckily these wonderful places take you past some of our most loved food, wine and tasting places.
Visit Arthurs Seat, the highest viewpoint on the peninsula for breathtaking views, muddling mazes and stunning ornamental gardens. A visit up the 304-metre granite hill of Arthurs Seat is a peninsula ritual dating back to settlement. Soak up the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, golden beaches, Melbourne's skyline and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas.
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has served shipping since 1859. It was built from dressed limestone and sandstone an incredibly, the original mechanisms are still in place. Visit the lighthouse museum, take a guided tour of the historic lighthouse, or walk to the tip of Cape Schanck and see Pulpit Rock and spectacular basalt cliffs.
The Point Nepean National Park is a mix of beautiful landscape and rich history situated at the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. There is a range of informative and scenic walks visitors can explore, and an array of historic buildings that speak of the early history of the Mornington Peninsula. Point Nepean also offers some of the best views on the Mornington Peninsula across to Queenscliff and out the Port Phillip Bay Heads.
French Island National Park is a true paradise. Accessible only by a 30-minute passenger ferry ride, French Island is a haven of peace and serenity, home to a diverse range of wildlife and containing environments ranging from mangrove saltmarsh areas to open woodlands.
Sandy beaches surrounded by basalt cliffs; this is beautiful Bushrangers Bay. This serene location is contrasted by dark and brooding headlands and wild waves that crash onto the jagged rocks guarding the entrance to the bay, natural beauty at its best.
Sorrento is a beautiful and historic village that has retained much of its heritage in the form of the historic limestone buildings that line the main street filled with boutiques, cafes and galleries.
Red Hill is a small community located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula. Set in a landscape of scenic hills, rolling vistas of farmland and native bushland, this is serious food, wine and indulgence country. As you travel along the main roads you will discover a variety of interesting vineyards, breweries and distilleries.
The old railway line between Merricks and Red Hill used to carry fresh apples on to Hastings where they were sent on to the markets of Melbourne. There are no trains running now, but you can walk this pretty trail for yourself. There are lovely views over Western Port and great coffee/wine/sustenance at either end.
There is NO way we could pick one, there are bike tracks abound on the Mornington Peninsula. The sights along the way are captivating – little villages, local history, famous bathing boxes, peaceful bushlands and spectacular seascapes. So much to explore.
Equally, the Mornington Peninsula offers the perfect backdrop for you to roam, amble or wander to your heart’s content. With nearly 100 walking tracks, trails and short walks - you’re totally spoilt for choice. Lots of easy coastal walks include beaches, piers, arts trails, historic sites and villages. Go inland for shady bush walks, bird-filled wetlands, pretty creeks and ocean views from hilltops. Or step up to the iconic 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk which combines four shorter coastal and hinterland walks.
To make it easier to find your way to a Mornington Peninsula experience we have developed two new stamps:
As you start to plan for winter, the businesses that are welcoming visitors or offering takeaway will show these stamps on our website. Or you can click on the stamp to find out more
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