Last year, Barefoot Cinema moved into Point Nepean National Park for the summer, with views of Port Philip Bay, live music before sunset, and a line-up of classics and new releases. The outdoor cinema returns to the historic Portsea spot again this year, with an additional peninsula location at Arthurs Seat.
Stock up on snacks from food trucks, kick back on the grass and enjoy the sunset before the film begins. This year, recent hits such as Baby Driver and Atomic Blonde are on the bill, alongside much-loved favourites such as Home Alone and Dirty Dancing.
Twilight Jazz at Montalto
There’s something appealing about a jazz concert at a picturesque vineyard in the country on a balmy night – it feels very respectable, but also totally relaxing. Three Australian performers (Amanda Harrison from Wicked, Chelsea Renton-Gibb from Chicago and Melissa Langton of the Fabulous Singlettes) will pay tribute to classics by Tony-award winning composer Cy Coleman. Sing along to Hey Big Spender with a glass of wine in hand and a grazing plate within arm’s reach.
The event is part of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival. At Moorooduc Estate, cellist Zoë Knighton and pianist Ian Munro, one of Australia’s most acclaimed classical musicians, will perform northern European melodies by the vines.
The annual Portsea Polo returns to Point Nepean National Park on January 13. There’s the polo match – with international players on the field – but much like the Spring Racing Carnival, it’s as much about the fashion and the party as it is about the horses.
Outdoor Yoga at Peninsula Hot Springs
If relaxation is what you’re after, head to the hot springs to get a little zen. Outdoor yoga classes here are held in the idyllic natural surrounds, helping any of that end-of-year stress to melt away. You can either start or end your day on the mat. All levels welcome.
The Sculpture Park at Point Leo Estate
The Mornington Peninsula’s newest cellar door is also one of Victoria’s most incredible art galleries. Owned by the Gandel family, Point Leo Estate has sweeping views of Western Port Bay, and a working vineyard. The recently unveiled sculpture garden features jaw-dropping works by local and international artists including Tony Cragg, George Rickey, Jaume Plensa, Lenton Parr and Andrew Rogers. Two serpentine paths guide visitors through the gardens – one is a 40-minute walk, the other takes around an hour and a half. In the new restaurant – housed in a curved, concrete monolith – you’ll find alumni from Attica, the Royal Mail Hotel, Rockpool and the Stokehouse.
Coast at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
See how Australian artists, including masters such as John Perceval and Albert Tucker, have been inspired by the rugged coastline of Mornington for more than 200 years at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s summer show. It also features works by Eugene von Guérard, Nicholas Chevalier, Louis Buvelot, Violet Teague, and others who made this part of Victoria their muse. There’s something special about being able to visit the places you see in these paintings.
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