The Mornington Peninsula is located some 50km south of Melbourne
and is bordered by Port Phillip Bay to the west and Western Port Bay to the east. This scenic peninsula is best known for its seaside villages, calm bay beaches, diverse sandy and rugged coastline, stunning views from Arthur’s Seat, hinterland wine trail and the Mornington Peninsula National Park.
The village of Mornington
on the northwest coast of the peninsula offers beautiful coastal views from Schnapper Point and the Esplanade Lookout. At the Marina, The Rocks restaurant and deck café is a delightful location to enjoy a meal with scenic views. Mills Beach is a lovely swimming beach lined with colourful beach shacks as do many beaches along this stretch of coastline. Mornington is well known on the peninsula for its Racecourse Markets held at the track on Racecourse Rd, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, between 9am and 2pm. Parking fees of $3 per vehicle apply.
Mt Martha boasts a fabulous beach with golden sands and great swimming in Port Phillip Bay. The iconic beach shacks border the beach, making an interesting backdrop.
Safety Beach is a nice long patch of sand with views north to Martha Point and south to the Dromana Jetty. This less crowded beach allows dogs and is thus frequented by pet owners.
Arthur's Seat is inland from Dromana and this lookout offers stunning views of the sweeping coastline on the western side of the peninsula, Port Phillip Bay and towards Melbourne. Murray’s Lookout at 247m elevation would have to be the best viewing point with unobstructed views of the Mornington Peninsula coastline.
Arthur's Seat at the summit of 314m offers some beautiful views to the north, however partly obstructed by trees. A chairlift operates up and down the mountain and would be the ideal way to capture the overall views. Walking tracks also wind around the mountain for bushwalking enthusiasts. Arthur’s Tavern & Bar is also located at the summit for visitors interested in enjoying a meal or refreshment at the top of Arthur’s Seat.
Rosebud is another seaside village with calm shallow waters and a long jetty popular with fishermen. The current jetty is the third jetty built over the years to gain access to deeper waters. The Rosebud Foreshore Reserve is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, walking, cycling and camping.
Rye has a gorgeous beach of different coloured sands, pristine white contrasting with golden. This is a popular beach for water activities such as kite surfing and windsurfing. A council camp ground is located on the foreshore and fees are $5 per person per night.
is in the upmarket category on the peninsula, with modern galleries, boutiques and eateries.
There is a lovely walkway along the foreshore and the beaches offer safe swimming in calm waters. At the end of the pier is the ferry terminal, transferring vehicles and passengers to and from Queenscliff across the bay and providing easy access to The Great Ocean Road by bypassing the round trip on road through Melbourne.
Portsea is the western-most village on the peninsula and is the most prestigious and glamorous with its abundance of multi-million dollar mansions. Wining and dining opportunities of great variety are on offer in Portsea and the beach and jetty are popular with locals and tourists alike.
On the southern side of the peninsula is Mornington Peninsula National Park
which stretches all the way along its southern coastline to Cape Schanck. The London Bridge
rock formation and surrounding coastline is very picturesque and it’s interesting to see how the elements affect the landscape through erosion.
Portsea Surf Beach is just stunning and is subject to the swell and waves of the Bass Strait, perfect for keen surfies to get amongst it out in the national park.
Cape Schanck lighthouse overlooks magnificent coastline with prominent headlands. There is a coastal boardwalk along here with great views and guided lighthouse tours are available for a fee.
On the eastern side of the Mornington Peninsula is Flinders, a delightfully scenic village with views over Kennon Cove and West Head. The cove offers crystal clear waters in the shallows and a crisp, white sandy beach, the perfect swimming beach in a gorgeous setting.
is known for its gardens and wine trail. The Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens
on Shoreham Rd boasts a beautiful collection of plants and themed gardens throughout 25 acres. A different garden experience includes a hedge maze, circular rose maze and lavender labyrinth, all requiring you to navigate your way to the centre and back out again. Entry fees apply.
The Mornington Peninsula is renowned for its boutique wineries, predominantly nestled in the hinterland around Red Hill and Main Ridge and extending towards the coast on either side of the Peninsula. The region is acclaimed for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, attracting wine industry awards and praise. The peninsula’s wine trail is a scenic delight and a delight to the tastebuds, with fine wines and food dispersed throughout the hinterland countryside.
Hastings on the northeastern side of the peninsula offers a tranquil setting on the Hastings Bight. A seaside restaurant at the marina and Hastings Pier are popular attractions in a relaxing atmosphere. If the fish aren’t biting on the pier, seafood is on the menu nearby.
The Mornington Peninsula offers a relaxed pace just a short drive from the fast pace of bustling Melbourne. Its uncrowded beaches, boutique wineries and picturesque scenery all in close proximity make the peninsula a diverse and carefree holiday environment close to the city in distance but not in characteristics.
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Destinations in Victoria
Great Ocean Road
Return from Mornington Peninsula to Victoria