THINGS TO DO IN MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Cellar doors to clifftop walks, the Mornington Peninsula knows how to turn on the charm.
Just over an hour outside of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula has a whole lot to brag about, from its string of laid-back seaside villages and stunning beaches to being one of Victoria's most exciting food and wine regions. There's no doubt that this slice of paradise knows how to show off – and only in a good way.
Mornington Peninsula's rustic seaside lifestyle has everything at its fingertips; foodie hotspots, cellar doors, hot springs, markets, and a natural wonderland that's a veritable playground, on and off the land. National Parks and clifftop walks to beaches bounded by bushland. It's a dreamy destination that locals relish in, and people from afar come to experience.
With so many things to do on the Mornington Peninsula, you will be spoilt for choice when planning your stay.
Bay to the ocean, Mornington Peninsula's coastline is spectacular every which way you turn. Foreshore walks, clifftop trails, camping spots, parklands and wooden piers that jut out into the depths of the water can all be found along the coastline, but nothing is quite like the beaches themselves. Calm beaches that are ideal for swimming, diving, sailing and paddle boarding sit along one side, while on the other, ocean swells crash against the shore. The best way to enjoy it all is from one of the many colourful bathing boxes.
A Foodie's Delight
People have long been flocking to this region for a taste of the Mornington Peninsula. And for a good reason. Menus champion the paddock to plate ethos, and ocean-fresh seafood is a given. What's more, the café culture rivals that of Melbourne's (and that's really saying something). From industrial-style hangouts and laid-back digs in Mornington to the brunch spots of Sorrento and dining amongst the vineyards in Dromana, the food is packed full of homegrown goodness. Add into the mix farmgate produce and weekly markets, and you're all but guaranteed to be going home with a whole lot of delicious delights.
Mornington Peninsula has a well-earned reputation for its wines, and rightfully so. Dromana has more than 20 wineries with Hickenbotham of Dromana, Trofeo Estate and Crittenden Estate leading the way with their cellar doors and local produce. Plus, there are small vineyards around Moorooduc and picturesque wineries in Red Hill and Main Ridge.
One of Mornington Peninsula's star attractions is the Hot Springs in Fingal. Natural geothermal mineral waters flow into the outdoor pools. It's a place of relaxation, where you're encouraged to slow down, recharge and restore by bathing in the hot springs, by day or night. For those wanting to take it a step further, they also have spa facilities and private bathing pavilions.
A destination in its own right, Sorrento is a must-visit seaside town. From its bay beaches and ocean swells to the historic limestone village where shop fronts are filled with designer labels, homewares, art and surfwear. Yet, that's not all Sorrento has to offer. It also happens to be a foodie hotspot with a vast selection of cafes, pubs and waterfront dining. Art is also a pretty big deal around here, with galleries, festivals and art trails showcasing local and international talent.
Shop 'till You Drop
When it comes to things to do on the Mornington Peninsula, shopping is by far a must-do, from surf shops and designer labels to antique stores and art galleries. Although the string of seaside towns has their own fair share of shopfronts, it's the markets that really shine. Such as Mornington's Main Street Market, which sells everything homemade, homebaked and homegrown, Rye's open-air markets and Rosebud's Trash N Treasure Markets, you will discover a wonder of one-of-a-kind finds.
An outdoor lover's dream, the Mornington Peninsula is packed full of things to do. Mornington Peninsula National Park and its spectacular coastline and pristine wilderness have hiking trails, rock pools and beaches. Walk along the clifftops, across sand dunes and beaches – all of which can be found up and down the coastline. Arthurs Seat State Park in Dromana, the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula, has views across the bay and hinterland. Throughout the peninsula, there are foreshore walks, botanical gardens, lush parklands and golf courses galore. Then there are all the activities off-land; sailing, swimming, paddle boarding, and diving. Just to name a few.
The Mornington Peninsula, and its line-up of seaside neighbourhoods, is a playground for those who love to be in the great outdoors. And with a list like this, there's no denying that the things to do on the Mornington Peninsula is long and varied.
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