Published on 25th June 2018
by Tim Grey

Rock pools, bushwalks, rolling hills and relaxation. In partnership with RACV Cape Schanck Resort, we highlight the best places to explore in and around this rugged natural wonderland.

The Mornington Peninsula is a well-established weekend getaway for Melburnians. But perched at the southernmost tip, there remains something wild about Cape Schanck.

It’s in the stunning coastal walks where visitors can navigate crystal-clear rock pools and sheer cliffs, as well as the rolling hills and surrounding valleys of bushland, farms, and national park. But it’s also evident in the alcoves of true local producers working in harmony with the land: the vineyards and breweries making rebellious drops; chefs balancing the cutting edge with classic; and accommodation options that mirror the region’s ambling, idyllic spirit – as well as some eccentric locals making gin from ant pheromones. Cape Schanck and surrounds is an oasis waiting to be explored.

Here’s our guide to discovering Cape Schanck – or returning for a fresh experience.

Welcome to Cape Schanck


Bridging the historic and modern, dining on the cape is relaxed yet sophisticated – and refreshingly diverse.

Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery


A combination cafe and cookery school.

30 Cook Street Flinders 3929
7:00am - 3:00pm

Petit Tracteur


A French-led farmhouse bistro offering boutique wines and fine food.

1208 Mornington Flinders Road Main Ridge 3928
11:00am - 3:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Merricks General Wine Store


An iconic 1920s homestead offering food, wine and art.

3460 Frankston-Flinders Road Merricks 3916
8:30am - 5:00pm


Handcrafted wine, gin and craft beer all thrive here, as up-to-the-minute innovation complements longstanding tradition.

Nazaaray Estate


Beautiful, boutique winery making wine by hand.

266 Meakins Road Flinders 3929
11:00am - 4:00pm

Bass & Flinders Distillery


A distillery making wine and small-scale gin with unusual ingredients.

232 Red Hill Road Red Hill 3937
11:00am - 5:00pm


Escape from the usual with ambitious, contemporary accommodation nestled into the cape's jaw-dropping natural landscape.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort


A modern oceanside oasis set among dunes and bushland.

Trent Jones Drive Cape Schanck 3939
12:00am - 12:00am


With beaches, gardens and farms right at your fingertips, expect to spend a lot of time outdoors. Then sink into the spa to unwind.