With the sheer volume of food and fun ideas that have filled your first few 48 hours we know you will be ready to stretch your legs and then find a lovely, cozy bed to ensure you get enough rest.... so that you can enjoy another 48 hours on the Mornington Peninsula!
Our final article in the ’48 hours on the Mornington Peninsula’ series will help you to find great beaches and walks to try as well as THAT perfect place to stay. And the good news is that there’s something for everyone…
Arthurs Seat with its impressive views over the peninsula and Port Phillip has been a favourite touring and picnic spot for generations. Ride the Arthurs Seat Eagle and then take the Arthurs Seat Circuit Walk (pictured) through Seawinds gardens to see all the best viewing spots.
Slightly harder to find at the end of Lentell Avenue, Portsea is what’s locally known as Millionaires Walk (pictured). The name is due to the scale of the houses that line the cliff tops that it passes along. This short stroll winds its way past very insta-grammable shots over small piers, bathing boxes, and secluded beaches.
Also slightly hard to find is the National Trust listed Endeavour Fern Gully. The 2 km loop track includes a steep hill but the effort is worth it. The tree ferns are seriously impressive and the gum trees are truly majestic.
Some of the 1200 much-photographed, world-famous bathing boxes of the Mornington Peninsula are to be found at Mills Beach (pictured) and Mothers Beach, both on the Port Phillip coastline of Mornington.
But did you know that the 2km shoreline of the Mount Martha Beach is home to some of the most beautiful bathing boxes on the Mornington Peninsula, plus there is good coffee over the road.
On the less visited but quite spectacular Bass Strait coastline lies Diamond Bay (pictured). Part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, it is surrounded by sandstone cliffs which create impressive rock formations. There is also the option to walk a little further and discover the more secluded and equally spectacular Bay of Islands
On the eastern side of Cape Schanck at Flinders there are black basalt cliffs that have eroded over time to create a huge tidal platform known as Mushroom Reef. Only really accessible at low tide, the rockpools are perfect for exploring, but remember that it is a marine national park – so take only photos as mementos.
And so, to find a place to rest your weary head...
Pick your own beachside location with Happy Glamper (pictured), or stay on a hillside overlooking a valley at Iluka Retreat
For village life and the option to add in a cooking school: Flinders Hotel; or with views over lakes: Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate, or Woodman Estate (pictured)
For luxurious options set in winery locations: Lancemore Lindenderry Red Hill (pictured), Polperro Winery Villas (they also have a cool farmhouse), Port Phillip Estate Luxury Accommodation, or Jackalope Hotels;
At the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula – and adjacent to Point Nepean National Park is the Portsea Village Resort;
Or for a sumptuous room within walking distance of the best vanilla slices ever from The Vanilla Slice Café: Carmel at Sorrento (pictured) or Hotel Sorrento.
We hope you have enjoyed our three part series on the things you can do on a Mornington Peninsula mini break and are inspired to give it a try.
Missed the whole series? Read the first article HERE, and the second one HERE
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