When it comes to exploring more of the Mornington Peninsula, there is rich and fascinating history to be discovered at every turn of the corner. We're talking about establishments that have stood the test of time for more than 100 years. And of course those businesses that have been passed through the generations! Read on below for a collection of historic destinations across the Mornington Peninsula:
The third-generation family-owned and operated Hotel Sorrento was the first commercial business in Sorrento. And can you believe it, they've been operating for a staggering 150 years! The original limestone building has housed multiple transformations since its establishment in 1872. This includes the recent launch of the new food and beverage experience in August.
Learn more about the exciting renovations underway at Hotel Sorrento via the link here.
Flinders Hotel boasts a captivating 130-year history from its inception in 1889. Did you know over 30 operational licenses have been issued to run the Hotel since the early 1900s? In 2009, the business started on its most dramatic renovation and refurbishment journey. This to become the contemporary dining and accommodation destination it is today.
Take a tour of Flinders Hotel here.
Wineries, Breweries and Restaurants
Max’s Restaurant in Red Hill South was the first winery restaurant on the Mornington Peninsula. And from 1994, it has continued its philosophy of exceptional food, wine and service. What started as a dream to showcase his home has led founder Max Paganoni to be at the helm of a multi-award-winning culinary experience. Enjoyed by all, at any time of the year.
Discover everything there is to love about Max’s Restaurant here.
Red Hill Brewery
In the heart of the hinterland is the original craft brewery of the Mornington Peninsula. Founded in 2005 by Karen and David Golding, Red Hill Brewery continues to produce sessionable and delicious brews. Many of which have received recognition on a national scale!
See how you can make the most of your visit to Red Hill Brewery here.
Hickinbotham of Dromana
For the Hickinbotham family, their involvement in the art of winemaking dates back a century. In fact, it was the early 1920s when grandfather ‘Hick’ started the first scientific winemaking course in Australia. Hickinbotham of Dromana’s winery opened in 1988, whilst the Hix Brewery arrived later in 2006.
Explore more of the 4th generation family-owned and operated business here.
Dromana 3 Drive-In
It’s an exciting time for the Dromana 3 Drive-In, as they this year celebrate 60 years of operation! Since 1962, the famous silver screen has been sharing stories with audiences under starry night skies. There’s also the iconic Shel’s Diner on-site too, which finds inspiration from the classic 1950’s American-style diner.
Check out which flicks are currently showing at the Dromana 3 Drive-In via the link here.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is one of Australia’s leading regional art spaces. The past 50 years have seen the gallery’s permanent collection grow to over 1900 unique objects. And their varying schedule of seasonal showcases continues to attract visitors year-round.
Click here for more information on the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
Gardens and Homes
The story of Cruden Farm in Langwarrin began in 1928. A time when journalist and newspaper executive Keith Murdoch gifted the farm to his bride-to-be Elisabeth Greene (later to be known as Dame Elisabeth Murdoch). Over the years, the property has undergone numerous transformations. And today, visitors can explore the colourful gardens and enjoy guided tours.
Uncover the full story of Cruden Farm via the link here.
Built in 1926, Mulberry Hill in Langwarrin South is most famous for its once-owners Sir Daryl and Joan Lindsay. Sir Daryl held the position of Director at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) for fifteen years. And it was Lady Joan who was the creative behind the celebrated Australian novel Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Explore more of the American Colonial-style home that is Mulberry Hill here.
McCrae Homestead and Museum
Regarded as one of the state’s oldest homesteads, McCrae Homestead and Museum has an extensive history dating back more than 175 years. Did you know it was built and designed by one of the first six pioneer families to establish properties throughout the region? The Homestead is a prominent and powerful exploration of early 19th century life.
Find further details for McCrae Homestead and Museum here.
Point Nepean National Park
At the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, the Point Nepean National Park is as scenic as it is insightful. The history here spans back thousands of years to the original custodians of the land, the Bunurong People. Visitors can also find the 1852 Quarantine Station here, as well as Fort Nepean which was used both in the late 1900s and two World Wars.
Explore more of the Point Nepean National Park here.
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Did you know the Cape Schanck Lighthouse is the third oldest lighthouse on mainland Australia? And at 163 years old, it is one of the most scenic and spectacular places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula. For added wow factor, the Lighthouse is still operating with its original 1859 lens!
Plan your visit to the ionic Cape Schanck Lighthouse with a click of the link here.