Mornington Peninsular, Melbourne
How fortunate we are, being in such close proximity to such a variety of outdoor activities including the Mornington Peninsula. My highlights:
After the slendour of the Yarra Valley Wineries, it is quite easy to miss out on the Mornington Peninsula Wineries. If like me, you enjoy your wine, take a day to explore one of the 50 cellar doors for wine tasting, or stop for lunch at one of the wineries with breathtaking views of the bay. My favourities include The Red Hill Estate (with the fantastic bay views), Turramurra Estate, and the Dromana Estate.
Small bayside town, with a variety of fabulous restaurants, a great beach and harbour, home to some fantastic boats. I'd recommend The Rocks restaurant for a harbour view setting.
Sorrento & Portsea
If you would like to experience a little piece of the Mediterranean right here in Australia, then I suggest you make your way to the lovely Sorrento and Portsea. The Portsea pub is renowned for a top spot in the summer for lunch and drinks, before heading down to the gorgeous sandy bay with clear still waters. Book a trip to swim with the dolphins, leaving from Sorrento Pier.
If it is surf you are after, and lots of waves, take a short 10 min drive to the other side of the peninsula to Portsea back beach. This is where you can take to the waters with your surf or body boards, but stay within the marked flags - its choppy out there!
The highest spot on the Mornington Peninsula, with stunning views of Port Philip Bay, particularly beautful on a sunny day when you can see the distinct variations in turquoise blue's and greens of the sea. Take the chair lift if you dare (*UPDATE The chair lift colapsed for the second time and its now closed!) which will give you the opportunity to get a closer look at the fantastic panoramic views, with a cute little tea shop when it stops at the bottom.
To the south east of the city is Elstenwick, it sits at the top of the Mornington Penninsular and the start of the Napean Highway. It`s streets are tree lined and shady and the whole area has an almost sleepy feel to it. Some of the older buildings in the main shopping area are brightly painted and add to the character of the place.
I highly recommend a trip down along the coast of the Mornington Peninsular during a stay in Melbourne. During summer many familys make the pilgrimige to this beautiful coast for long weekends of sun and fun. If you are not around during summer you can always retreat at a bed and breakfast and sample some wines in the Red hill region.
Try the Portsea pub on the Nepean Hwy at the end of the Peninsular. Great pub meals, cold tap beer and the best view of the Bay for sure.
Wineries, Arthur's Seat, calm bay beaches, rough ocean surf on the other side of the peninsula, galleries, crafts, dining and picturesque scenery for all types and expenses.
Take a ferry across the bay to the Bellarine region to Queenscliff, and you might even see dolphins jumping alongside.
A great day trip from Melbourne is a visit to the wine touring area on the Mornington Peninsula. Just over an hours drive from the city, there are also many bed & breakfasts if you want to make a longer trip.
There are a number of great wineries along the Mornington Peninsular. We also visited a Sunny Ridge strawberry farm, where you can pick your own strawberries, taste strawberry wine and liquer and buy various soaps, pottery and condiments. There is also a cafe where you can taste lots of dleicious strawberry things.
Sorrento at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula
The Polperro Dolphin swimming tour is run very well with the consideration for the wildlife taking precedence over the tourists. The chance to see dolphins swimming wild is amazing. Don't forget to take a waterproof disposable camera!
Visit the beautiful Mornington Peninsula about one hour south of Melbourne. Beaches, wineries and great scenery.From Frankston to Portsea you can visit a multitude of natural wonders. Enjoy ocean beaches or bay beaches. The Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne's playground. A favourite holiday destination for generations of Melbournians.
Fresh air and clean beaches make a perfect playground for adventurers of all ages
Take the picturesque Cliff walk above Mills Beach, Mornington (about one hour south of Melbourne) It provides a great view across Port Phillip Bay to the city of Melbourne. this is a moderately exerting walk which is well worth the effort.
The Mills Beach Cliff walk provides panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay. East towards Frankston and Mt Eliza, west to Mornington harbour and beyond, and north towards the City of Melbourne. At several spots along the way there are seats and viewing areas which provide great views of the bay.