The Mornington Peninsula
Inspired by Nature
What to do
The Mornington Peninsula beckons nature’s explorers to experience the local environment in all its moods. For lovers of food and wine, there’s so much to taste between the coast and the hinterland.
Golden beaches, vineyard-dotted hills and dramatic wilderness, explore it all on the Mornington Peninsula. If you want adventure, there are memorable activities like dolphin encounters and stunning coastal hikes. Foodies will love the world-class wineries (known for chardonnay and pinot noir in particular) and renowned restaurants where you can indulge in local epicurean delights. It’s also the perfect place to switch off from the world around you. Soak your cares away in the steamy hot springs or retire to a luxury hotel.
Tranquil Bayside beaches, hidden coves to exciting wild-coast! Breath in the fresh salty air off the ocean. The Mornington Peninsula is a narrow isthmus of land between the Bay and Bass Strait that offers something to everybody. Swimmers can enjoy the relative calm, temperate waters of Port Phillip Bay or surf the waves of the ocean at patrolled beaches. Walkers can stroll along the Bay cliff-tops where the millionaires’ walk offers access to uninterrupted bay visuals.
You may like to reflect on the history of Point Nepean by heading from Portsea to the adjacent National Park. The Quarantine Station is accessible by car, bike or walking and a bus service runs within the National Park down to the fortifications. Watch for dolphins feeding close to shore where the contours of the bay provide deep water and plentiful food.
Eat & Drink
Grab a bite to eat and something to drink
Explore the hinterland for gourmet delights at farm gates or boutique wineries. Simply follow the Mornington Peninsula Wine Food Farmgate trail to eat, forage, sip, shop, learn and tour the very best of the Peninsula.
Dromana Industrial Estate
Boutique cheeseries, wineries and distilleries can be discovered in the Dromana industrial estate where industry and innovation meet food and gin. Enjoy a tipple, buy fresh fish or uncover antiques and collectables. Diversity was never more-so.
Escape in nature
Escape the city
Embracing the wild ocean beaches between Portsea and Flinders, and the kangaroo haven of Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park is a favourite of Melburnians looking to escape the nearby city.
Take a dip
Experienced surfers flock to Gunnamatta Beach, while rock pools at Sorrento Ocean Beach or sheltered coves in the bay close to town, are perfect for families.
Take a walk
Step out on The Coastal Walk for spectacular coastal views. The two-day walk meanders along high clifftops, through coastal vegetation and past stunning ocean beaches.
Discover native wildlife and bushland
A haven for native wildlife such as kangaroos, Greens Bush is the largest fragment of native bushland remaining on the Mornington Peninsula.