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The Best Free Things To Do Summer Mornington Peninsula

Are you ready to experience the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula without breaking the family budget? With Christmas done for another year, it can be daunting that there are still at least 5 weeks to keep the kids entertained before they head back to school.

Here are just a few things that the locals love to do that are cost-free activities for the entire family to enjoy. Ready to make the most of your summer on the Mornington Peninsula? Check out our top 7 free activities for a memorable holiday.

Parks and Playgrounds

Rosebud and Mornington Playground

Embrace the great outdoors by exploring our numerous parks and playgrounds. Set against a backdrop of natural beauty, these spaces are designed with families in mind, featuring play equipment, picnic tables and BBQ facilities for added convenience. Discover more about the Parks and Playgrounds here.

BBQ facilities at Rosebud


Walking path Beach Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is located on 10% of Victoria's coastline. Experience the soft white sands of Port Phillip beaches or marvel at the coastal magnificence of the ocean beaches. Whether you prefer walking, swimming, surfing, or simply soaking in the scenery, there's an adventure for everyone. Explore our awe-inspiring Beaches here.

Our best local beach for swimming is Mills Beach, which is especially good for little ones, and over summer, this beach is patrolled. 

Mills Beach Mornington

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

As the most extensive public gallery in the Southeast Region of Victoria, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery offers a rich cultural experience. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, entry to the gallery is free. Know My Name is currently on display, and when you need some reprieve from the sun, this is the perfect place to catch your breath and be inspired by artworks on display. Find out more about the exhibitions and programs at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery here.

Walking, Hiking, and Biking

With nearly 100 walking tracks scattered around the region, the Mornington Peninsula provides some of the best on-foot adventures. Enjoy beachfront scenery on seaside walks or venture into the hinterland for shady bush strolls. For biking enthusiasts, explore The Bay Trail from Safety Beach to Sorrento or the Red Hill Rail Trail. With over 30 bike tracks and paths available, there's a route suitable for every level of cyclist. Discover exciting Walking, Hiking, or Biking paths here.

walk Mornington Peninsula

A hidden gem that is often overlooked but provides for beautiful trails and scenery is the Devilbend Reservoir.

Devilbend Reservior Mornington Peninsula

The Briars

A day at The Briars promises adventure in thriving native bushland. Explore walking trails, spot local wildlife, and enjoy the great outdoors. Pack a picnic with BBQ facilities and relax on the beautiful lawns. Enjoy free family games on the green during school holidays and weekends for some friendly competition. Experience the beauty of The Briars Park Walking Trails here.

The Briars Mt Martha

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park, situated at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, offers breathtaking coastal scenery. Explore local indigenous culture, military forts, tunnels, and the Quarantine Station. Immerse yourself in scenic magnificence at Point Nepean National Park here.

This is one place not to be missed on the Mornington Peninsula.


Fishing Mornington Peninsula

Try your hand at fishing and throw in a line at one of the many piers along the Port Phillip coastline. Popular piers for fishing are Mornington and Rye. Ensure adults have a fishing license, available at te local Visitor Information Centres or online. Explore more fishing opportunities around the region here.

These are suggestions for the best wallet-friendly things you can experience for free here on the Mornington Peninsula. With numerous unbeatable opportunities and minimal spending, your summer on the Mornington Peninsula will be extraordinary. Explore more, and you might be surprised by what you will find.


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VISIT MORNINGTON PENINSULA acknowledge's the Bunurong / BoonWurrung people, the Traditional Custodians of these lands and waters. We pay our deepest respect to Elders past, present and emerging.