Published on 15th May 2021
by Kate Shanasy

With countless cafes, wineries, cideries, beaches and bushwalks to explore, the Mornington Peninsula is a universe unto itself.

Whether you’ve packed bathers, explorer socks or both, the Mornington Peninsula can turn it on for you whatever the season. From rugged coastlines and secretive, crystal-clear rockpools to luscious fern forests and native bushlands, the Mornington Peninsula boasts 724 square kilometres of lush lures both humanmade and natural.

The Mornington Peninsula officially begins about an hour’s drive from Melbourne, stretching all the way from Mt Eliza down to the tip of Point Nepean.

The coastline’s bordered by Port Phillip Bay to the west, Bass Strait to the south and Western Port to the east, so depending on your location, the geological surroundings can vary greatly. While beaches in the bay are sheltered and generally calm, the open-sea back beaches can be rugged and unruly. That variety extends to popular attractions, from farm gates with activities and tours for the kids, to adventurous and romantic adults-only stays and day spas. Intrepid travellers will discover a bounty of cool-climate wineries, orchards, breweries and olive groves. Community is strong here. You’ll find local produce proudly marked on menus in some of the best restaurants and cafes in the region (and the state). Look out for the black and white Mornington Peninsula Produce label, which certifies produce grown in the area. Shopping local is more accessible than it’s ever been, so get ready to fill your car boots with new ceramics and books, soaps, health and wellness products, homewares and eco-friendly wares.

The diversity of options down here might mean you set out for a quiet weekend but find yourself frolicking from one activity to another. Before you know it, you’ll be mapping out your next trip down the coast. To help you along, here are some of our favourite places to visit on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Welcome to Mornington Peninsula

DRINK

Home to roughly 200 vineyards, 60 wineries and more than 50 cellar doors, the fruitful soils of the Mornington Peninsula have a lot to offer in the way of wine – not to mention orchards, distilleries, breweries and roasteries, too.

Itinerary

A Weekend in The Mornington Peninsula

Each season offers a unique look and feel to your visit, so whether it’s filled with Autumnal golden hues or salty skin from ocean swims, there’s always something on offer.