The Mornington Peninsula has long been a favourite weekend getaway for nearby Melbourners who want to escape the hectic city for a peaceful ocean retreat. Wineries, fresh farmland, boutique shops and beaches galore make this a destination that travellers should add to their must visit list as well.
Here’s why the Mornington Peninsula should be on your travel list
With so many beautiful beaches in such a small area, options are endless for sunning and swimming. Explore the coastline with a paddleboard or just enjoy the views.
Colourful Beach Houses
The iconic beach houses are a huge draw on Brighton Beach, which is a bit closer to Melbourne. But here in Mornington Peninsula you will find almost identical structures with far less people.
Does this one really need an explanation? Australian wines are some of the most popular in the world and for good reason. Combine good wine, amazing vineyard views, and delicious food for the perfect afternoon.
If you are lucky, you might be able to spot these animals on the eucalyptus trees lining the roads. But if you want a sure thing then check out the Moonlit Sanctuary. You can stroll freely amongst kangaroos, marsupials, and other local animals. Feeding a Koala is even possible if you so desire (at an extra cost of course).
You do not have to be in France to feel as though you are exploring the countryside of Provence. Mornington has its own hidden lavender fields. Ashcombe allows guests to explore several hedge mazes as well as the lavender fields. Sample a variety of lavender treats such as lavender scones and tea while enjoying the views from the terrace. The fields at Red Hill Lavender Farm and Distillery are larger if you want a more focused experience.
The Mornington Peninsula boasts a variety of hikes ranging from rugged seaside terrain to farmfields and forest. Work up an appetite for some treats at a local farm by tackling some of these.
Worried about hiking alone? Check out my safety tips for solo female travel here.
As it is a Peninsula, this area is a prime location for lighthouse hunting. There are many areas along the coast where you can find them. The popular Cape Schanck Lighthouse is set beautifully on a seaside cliff overlooking choppy ocean waves next to an impressive boardwalk.
Farm to Table
A prime reason for the popularity of the Peninsula is the fresh farm to table food. Many farms host tastings, tours, and fine dining experiences with produce grown and raised on-site.
With an abundance of local produce, it only makes sense that the farmers’ markets in the area would be a big deal. Many of the smaller towns on the Peninsula have held on to a friendly, by-gone feel. This is despite having other modernities.
If unique and glam local finds is on your list, then the Peninsula is the place to look. In the town of Mornington alone, the small main drag provides ample shopping opportunities with some of the cutest finds that I have seen.
Australia is full of amazing views. But I found that there was something special about the peaceful ocean vistas I took in at the Mornington Peninsula.
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