Day Tripping: The Mornington Peninsula
Escape the city for a slice of bayside beauty
An hour’s drive away from the bustling, cosmopolitan jungle of Melbourne lies a coastal paradise. A summer playground for Victorians and tourists alike, the seaside towns are quaint, charming and there’s a never-ending list of sights to see.
Located on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, the Mornington Peninsula is rich in nature’s gifts. The cool climate means it’s famous for its vineyards and wineries with some dating back to 1886. Here are just a handful of experiences to enjoy for the next time you head down the coast.
Before we can share any of our top spots, you have to get there first! The fastest route is by car where you follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access the Port Phillip bayside towns. If you want to avoid the scenic route then jump on the M1 and take the Eastlink tollway to get to the Mornington Peninsula in one hour.
Other options include public transport where you can get a metropolitan train service from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne down to Frankston where you can hop on a bus to the bay.
Indulge in the Hot Springs
A must-do for all city goers on the Mornington Peninsula is to spend a morning getting pampered in the Peninsula Hot Springs. The geothermal mineral water flows into the pools, giving you a natural yet invigorating experience.
The award-winning destination also includes a reflexology walk, a pool with stunning views of the peninsula, two saunas, massages and a wellness centre. The perfect place for some weekend pampering.
Wining and Dining
After all that relaxing, you’ve probably worked up an appetite. The restaurants and cafes on the Mornington Peninsula are well known for their quality local ingredients and friendly faces. Built in a 1930s building, Lilo Cafe is a popular destination for locals and has a unique, antique feel to it.
If a coastal coffee isn’t your thing, head inland to Polperro, a must-see lunch spot. The bistro offers stunning views of the Red Hill vineyard and native trees and the Asian and European fusion food is second to none.
Time for a Dip
While Victorian beaches are beautiful in their own right, being so southerly we can’t swim in them all year ‘round like our neighbours up north. That’s why an early afternoon swim is the perfect time to get the last of those midday rays and jump in the ocean for a refreshing dip.
There’s every style of beach down here. Fancy a surf? Gunnamatta Beach is where you’ll find the swell. Planning an afternoon tea with the family? Rosebud main beach is the perfect picnic and swimming spot on account of the Life Savers patrolling the seas. And if you’re looking to stay away from the crowds, Tideways is a secluded Sorrento beach.
With a relaxing, slow-pace, stunning natural landscapes and quality, local producers, it’s clear to see why the Mornington Peninsula is a summer getaway for Victorians. Whether you visit for a weekend or just for the day, let the sun, sand and salt water invigorate your senses and wash away your stress on the Mornington Peninsula.