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Mornington Peninsula, Victoria Holidays

Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.

 

With its wall-to-wall wineries, busy bayside villages and stunning walks along the coastline, it’s easy to see why the Mornington Peninsula is a summer playground for Melburnians.
The Mornington Peninsula is home to more than 50 cellar doors. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the region’s specialties, however shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio are beginning to share the spotlight. Montalto is a local favourite, housing an exceptional cellar door and restaurant. Ten Minutes by Tractor is an estate of three vineyards – separated by a 10-minute tractor ride – each with unique qualities and character expressed in its variety of wines. You can order a carefully designed wine flight – five wines based around a theme – from small-batch winemaker Crittenden Wine Centre, or blend your own bubbly at Foxeys Hangout. Some of Australia’s premier craft breweries can also be found here, such as Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery and St Andrews Beach Brewery. Embark on a Beer Cider and Spirits Trail to taste it all.

Roll out your towel on the golden shores of Port Phillip Bay. The long, wide bay beaches at Frankston are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and yachting. Small bays are dotted between Mount Eliza and Mornington, while a series of safe, sandy bay beaches can be found around Mount Martha. Colourful bathing boxes huddle along the foreshore between Mount Martha, Dromana, Rosebud and Portsea, and have become an attraction in their own right. At the back beaches – on the open waters of the Bass Strait – you can tackle the swells generated by the strong westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Hit the surf at ocean beaches such as Point Leo, Flinders, Portsea and Sorrento, or if you’re just starting out, book a lesson with Salty Surf School.

Mornington Tourist Attractions:

• Mornington Peninsula National Park

• Peninsula Hot Springs

• Sorrento

• Back Beach Walks

• Arthurs Seat Eagle

• Enchanted Adventure Garden

• Ashcombe Maz

• Red Hill Community Market

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