Mornington Peninsula Australia
The Mornington Peninsula Australia extends from the Frankston area on the eastern side of Port Phillip to Western Port, about 40km south east of Melbourne. It is a popular region, being not too far from the city, and offers sheltered beaches on the protected bays of both Port Phillip and Western Port. There are also beaches exposed to the open sea of Bass Strait to the south. Apart from the beaches, the eastern coastline of the peninsula also consists of mangroves and mudflats, and in places very rocky terrain.
The area is easily accessible by car, bus and train. There is also a ferry which crosses the entrance of Port Phillip, from Portsea to Queenscliff. The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is located in the town of Mornington, and there are many more wineries, restaurants and galleries throughout the region. There is also a chocolate manufacturer in Flinders. In the Red Hill area there are also local cheese and olive oil producers, and a glassblowing studio.
Vineyards and country restaurants serve inspired regional food and wine, while luxury escapes and B&B’s just waiting to be discovered. Family attractions include hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary and horse riding. The Peninsula’s beaches are magnificent year round, great for walking, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving as well as dolphin and seal spotting.
Arthurs Seat State Park, with its network of walking tracks and 314 metre tall summit, offers fantastic views across Port Phillip, with the city of Melbourne on the distant horizon. The park is located between the town of Dromana on Port Phillip, and Red Hill. Close by is also an interesting Maze Garden, another good family attraction.
Many people start at the wineries. More than 50 cellar doors quickly reveal why the Mornington Peninsula has such an enviable reputation for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Some of the wineries have restaurants on the premises, and some also offer accommodation. However, if you would prefer to stay elsewhere, there’s plenty of accommodation options to choose from in the area.
But when it’s time take the tensions out of life, just let yourself relax in expert hands at one of the great Mornington Peninsula day spas. Mud wraps, massages, facials, hand and feet treats are all on the indulgence menu. So too are outdoor Japanese-style hot baths, an Aboriginal relaxation massage and Arabic steam room.