Mornington Peninsula, to the south of Melbourne at the south-eastern
tip of Port Phillip Bay, has long been Melbourne’s summer
playground. The boot-shaped promontory separating two contrasting bays
– Port Phillip and Western Port – is a favourite
destination for lazy beachside getaways that come with green
hinterlands and wild ocean beaches on the side.
The bay beaches of Mornington Peninsula are ideal for family
bathings and picnics, as evidenced by the many families that come here
from Melbourne on weekends for a day outing. On the way from Melbourne,
Arthurs Seat at Dromana offers panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay.
There are so 50 wineries on the peninsula, offering cellar door
tastings and sales. Many have or are near restaurants and cafes set in
beautifully landscaped gardens and on terraces overlooking the vines. A
wine-tasting can stretch into lunch or dinner, and then into an
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Hidden along our hinterland roads are European-style country
retreats, intimate hotels, cottages and charming B&Bs. Our coastal
accommodation includes beachside luxury in contemporary suites,
limestone-and-lace B&Bs and heritage hotels – all with a
bonus of fresh sea breezes.
How To Get There
Drive south from Melbourne via Nepean Highway past Frankston.
Best Time To Go
The peninsula is a Mediterranean-like coastline, not only in its
looks but its climate, which makes it an all-year-round destination.
Because of its position, the weather is always milder than Melbourne.
If you want to escape the locals crowds, avoid weekends and public
holidays, otherwise visit the peninsula at any time.