With its busy bayside villages, boutique wineries and stunning walks along the coastline, Mornington Peninsula has become Melburnian’s favourite playground.

 

Here we give you more reasons to plan a relaxing trip to this charming region with our 10 must-see attractions. 

 

1.  ARTHURS SEAT

 

Arthurs SeatBirds eye view of Mornington Peninsula from the Arthurs Seat Eagle. Photo: visitvictoria.com

 

Climb up to Arthurs Seat, the highest viewpoint on the peninsula for breathtaking views of golden beaches, Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas and the glass towers of Melbourne. A “gondola” flies over the state forest to Arthurs Seat, offering stunning coastal and bush views.  At the peak are several scenic viewing areas, a lookout, BBQ and picnic facilities, and a hotel.

 

2.  POINT NEPEAN NATIONAL PARK

 

Point Nepean National ParkThe beautiful winding road at Point Nepean National Park. Photo: pramwalks.com.au

 

Hire a bike and pedal your way to Point Nepean National Park for magnificent views of Port Phillip Bay. Explore the rugged coastline, natural beauty and military history of the region. Visit the Quarantine Station which has about 50 heritage-listed buildings. Fort Nepean, meanwhile, earned its entry to military history because the first shot of the British Empire in World War II were fired there.

 

3.  PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS

 

Peninsula Hot SpringsWomen bathing in one of the hot springs. Photo: lovethepen.com.au

 

Bathe in the natural hot mineral spring pools and experience overwhelming tranquillity at the Peninsula Hot Springs in Victoria. Indulge in this relaxing oasis of health and well-being with its Bath House and Spa Dreaming Centre. Its thermal mineral water which contains sulfur, calcium, magnesium, potassium and many others has healing benefits.

 

4.  BUSHRANGERS BAY TRAIL

 

Bushrangers BayThe Cape Schanck Lighthouse and the sunset sky. Photo: hotelroomsearch.net

 

Take an amazing coastal cliff top walk with views of the rocky Bushrangers Bay and the stunning Cape Schanck and its lighthouse. Pass through the banksia forest and spot some kangaroos. The 11-kilometre trail is the perfect and quick escape from the city, just an hour drive south of Melbourne.

 

5.  FLINDERS GOLF CLUB

 

Flinders Golf ClubScenic views from Flinders Golf Club. Photo: visitvictoria.com

 

Perched high on a cliff top, Flinders Golf Club which is over one hundred years old boasts of panoramic views across Western Port to Phillip Island and the stunning Bass Strait coastline. Whether you’re there to play, to eat a light lunch or to host your special occasion, the scenic views from the golf course will take your breath away.

 

6.  BLAIRGOWRIE BACK BEACH JUMPING ROCK

 

Blairgowrie Back Beach Jumping RockA woman floats at a rock pool in Blairgowrie Back Beach. Photo: lastminute.com.au

 

Go cliff jumping and take a dip from one of the best rock pools on the Mornington Peninsula. Located on the back beach of Blairgowrie, the natural plunge pool is easily accessible with approximately 20 minutes walk and passing three main beaches. You’ll find a variety of rock pools with different varieties and scales.

 

7.  LOCAL WINERIES

 

Local WineriesMornington Peninsula’s famous Port Phillip Estate. Photo: visitvictoria.com

 

Go on a wine tour at Mornington Peninsula’s local wineries and vineyards and learn about the renowned pinot noir and chardonnay. After which, indulge in delicious and unforgettable meals that use the freshest produce and fine wines at the region’s most famed restaurants. The region is home to more than 50 boutique cellar doors and 170 vineyards.

 

8.  ASHCOMBE MAZE AND LAVENDER GARDENS

 

ASHCOMBE MAZE AND LAVENDER GARDENSTourists finding their way out of the famous hedge maze in Mornington Peninsula. Photo: timeout.com, lovethepen.com.au

 

Get in touch with your inner child at the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. This 25-acre garden is home to Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze. It also includes a circular rose maze and the Lavender Labyrinth.

 

9.  RED HILL COMMUNITY MARKET

 

RED HILL COMMUNITY MARKETBusy shoppers at Red Hill Community Market. Photo: visitmelbourne.com

 

Visit the Red Hill Community Market and shop from over 300 stalls selling fresh home grown produce as well as handcrafted and homemade products. The market is one of the most popular in Victoria and was started over 40 years ago.

 

10.  SORRENTO TO QUEENSCLIFF FERRY

 

SORRENTO TO QUEENSCLIFF FERRYSorrento to Queenscliff ferry. Photo: Fun Travel TV Show

 

Take the iconic 40-minute ferry ride in Port Phillip Bay. The ride links two of Victoria’s most popular seaside towns, Sorrento and Queenscliff. The ferry accommodates people as well as vehicles, with large windows and decks ideal for a closer view of the beautiful coastline. You can spot dolphins play and frolic in the waters or just enjoy the spectacular sea views.

 

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