Beaches, wineries, golf courses and plenty of quiet back roads to explore. There’s a lot to love about the Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula officially begins after you leave Frankston, Melbourne's most southerly suburb. You'll feel the difference immediately. Even more touristic and built-up areas such as Rye and Rosebud seem beachier and more relaxed.

Still, if the summer crowds get too much for you, it's easy to escape to quieter rural areas such as Flinders, Merricks and Red Hill to have a spa day, play a round of golf or find your way out of a hedge maze. These areas are also home to dozens of outstanding wineries, which should be at the top of your list to visit. The Peninsula is known for its chardonnay and pinot noir in particular.

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Cafes

Store 360

Cafe

This well-stocked cafe is a local favourite. Grab a pastry or a pie to take away, or settle in for a coffee and a toastie. On your way out, be sure to take a look at the thoughtful range of products from some of the peninsula’s favourite makers.

Blue Mini

Cafe

Back in the ’90s, you’d be arriving here with your bowling shoes. Now, be sure to arrive with an appetite for local produce.

Sunny Ridge Farm

Cafe

Pick your own strawberries.

Milkbar & Co.

Cafe

Bags of lollies and cafe classics, united.

Flock Cafe

Cafe

A backstreets cafe worth seeking out, if only for the locally famous breakfast roll.

Little Rebel Roastery

Cafe

A cellar door for coffee.

Lilo

Cafe

Beach, brunch and books. What more could you want for your weekend?

Merchant & Maker

Cafe

More fine coffee and a metropolitan-inspired menu from the team at Commonfolk.

Store Fifteen

Cafe

Raw food and sweets in an industrial fit-out.

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Red Hill Cheese

Cafe

Take your tasting platter onto the deck. You might spot a koala.

Merricks General Wine Store

Cafe

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

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Johnny Ripe

Cafe

Traditional apple pies meet modern-day cronuts at this home-style bakery.

Commonfolk

Cafe

Outstanding coffee hidden in the back streets.

Restaurants

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Restaurant

One of the Mornington Peninsula's best wineries also has one of its best on-site restaurants.

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Point Leo Estate

Restaurant

The most grandiose winery on the Mornington Peninsula, complete with its own sculpture park.

Red Gum BBQ

Restaurant

Southern American barbeque in a big, pleasant shed.

Port Phillip Estate

Restaurant

Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something. And the accommodation is no slouch either: there's a range of king-sized suites to choose from.

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Crittenden Estate

Restaurant

Crittenden, the vineyard upon which Stillwater restaurant is situated, is renowned for its chardonnays and pinot noirs (but also does cracking sparkling and Spanish wines). It’s a good match for Stillwater, which offers up a confident, well-rounded menu that combines winery restaurant favourites with more esoteric dishes (such as house-made beetroot pasta).

Doot Doot Doot

Restaurant

Jackalope’s in-house fine diner is just as extravagant and eccentric as the rest of the sprawling complex. But it's grounded by a steadfast commitment to local produce and seasonality. And caviar.

Rare Hare

Restaurant

A warm, communal restaurant next door to Jackalope.

T’Gallant

Bar

This winery is a great visit. There’s something for everyone. Although T’Gallant specialises in pinot grigio, there’s a full stable of wines to try, including rose, pinot noir and all the other usual suspects. The matching pizzas are best eaten in the huge Italian-inspired courtyard, with views out over the vines .

Polperro

Restaurant

A quintessential Mornington Peninsula food and wine experience. The dining rooms offers panoramic views of the vines and native trees – a stunning contrast to the clean interiors. The menu, meanwhile, respectfully combines influences from around the world, with an emphasis on share dishes.

Foxey’s Hangout

Cafe

A day at Foxey’s Hangout is as laidback and easygoing as the wine it produces. It’s set on a spacious estate with an open kitchen, cosy dining room and sunny outdoor deck. The varied share plate-focused menu is a good match for the easy-drinking wines here.

Montalto

Restaurant

After retiring, John Mitchell started growing and making wine as a hobby. Things quickly grew out of hand. Now, Montalto encompasses seven vineyards and more than 30 acres of vines. As a retirement project, it’s unquestionably a failure: Mitchell and his wife Wendy are busier than ever. By every other metric though, Montalto is a resounding success – it’s one of Red Hill’s must-visits.

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Green Olive

Restaurant

Come for a paddock-to-plate lunch, stay for a farm tour.

Morgan's

Restaurant

A Baja-style restaurant that brings fun and flavour to Sorrento.

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Wineries, Distilleries, Breweries and Bars

Hotel Sorrento

Bar

An iconic limestone pub with five bars, a stunning rooftop, restaurant and on-site accommodation with bay views.

Jimmy Rum Distillery

Bar

A distillery, cocktail bar and rum garden featuring rums distilled on premises.

The Portsea Hotel

Bar

This huge Tudor-style pub is a summer destination, reliably beset by crowds every day of the season. With views like this, we can see why.

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Wowee Zowee

Bar

Yarn to the bartender over a cocktail, hot bird and vegan snacks while listening to ZZ Top.

Nazaaray Estate

Bar

What this winery lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character. Whether it’s the quaint, well-appointed guesthouses (made from reconverted 1930s train carriages) or the idiosyncratic pinot noirs and pinot gris – naturally fermented with wild yeast, then hand-macerated – a visit here is sure to stand out.

Moorooduc Estate

Bar

One of the oldest vineyards on the Peninsula is also one of its most elevated: it's eighty metres above sea level.

Jetty Road Brewery

Bar

Footy on the TV, plenty of food and a big outdoor area for kids to play in. This one is made for long, lazy afternoons.

St Andrews Beach Brewery

Bar

A big, family-friendly brewery on the site of a former horse-training facility.

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Red Hill Brewery

Bar

A peaceful, low-key spot that specialises in easy-drinking European-style beers.

Flaggerdoot

Bar

An avant-garde bar next to the Jackalope hotel.

Bass & Flinders Distillery

Bar

At this Mornington Peninsula distillery, you'll learn how to make your gin. Afterwards, you get to enjoy it. If you'd rather leave it to the experts, there's a great bar and shop.

Mock Cider

Bar

Sample biodynamic apples and their many liquid expressions.

Shops

Cibo

Shop

An Italian style deli serving top-notch take home meals, local and imported ingredients and coffee on the weekend.

Independent Wine Store

Shop

A bottle shop where you can stay a while, with a glass of wine and a platter.

Reload Records

Shop

The owner has been selling vinyl since 1976.

Herman

Shop

Melbourne street style meets beachside boho.

Books by the Bay

Shop

Here, it’s as if the digital revolution never happened.

Accommodation

Hart's Farm

Accommodation

A boutique luxury stay on a 10-hectare working farm. There’s a studio that’s made for weekends away, with an optional adjoining living area that looks out onto the olive groves.

Lancemore Lindenderry

Accommodation

An elegantly-restored country estate. The boutique hotel has 40 rooms, a farm-to-table diner, an indoor pool and plenty of cosy couches by the fire.

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Hotel Sorrento

Bar

An iconic limestone pub with five bars, a stunning rooftop, restaurant and on-site accommodation with bay views.

The Portsea Hotel

Bar

This huge Tudor-style pub is a summer destination, reliably beset by crowds every day of the season. With views like this, we can see why.

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Polperro Farmhouse

Accommodation

A converted 1950s holiday home on a working vineyard with three bedrooms, a roomy bathtub and an outdoor firepit.

RACV Cape Schanck Resort

Accommodation

A modern oasis set among dunes and bushland, just a short walk to the beach.

Port Phillip Estate

Restaurant

Some of the finest food, wine and views on the entire Mornington Peninsula, which is saying something. And the accommodation is no slouch either: there's a range of king-sized suites to choose from.

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Jackalope Hotel

Accommodation

Glamour and surrealism meet at this designer hotel.

Cape Schanck House

Accommodation

A grand beach-shack out of a futuristic dream.

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