MORNINGTON PENISULAEditThis region's well-serviced seaside towns are popular during summer, while in winter wineries in beautiful hinterland have welcoming cellar doors. The Mornington Peninsula is only an hour's drive from Melbourne, but it seems a world away. Pick up local new seasons apples and pears... and later on even quinces. Discover grand gardens in full autumn colour at Heronswood, Ashcombe Maze.
Red Hill/Main Ridge
THINGS TO DOEdit
Want to thunder along a beach on horseback as the waves roll in beside you? Slip silently through the water in a sea kayak, paddling where the dolphins play? Go skydiving, scuba diving, surfing or fishing for the big ones? With magnificent landscapes to explore and the sea almost surrounding us, the Mornington Peninsula has about as much adventure as you can take.
ARTS AND CULTURE:Edit
Military fortifications were first established in Victoria in the 1880s – right here at Point Nepean. Memorabilia and furniture owned by Napoleon Bonaparte is still here, in one of our historic estates. Australia's largest antique centre is on the Mornington Peninsula, and virtually every village is home to art and craft galleries. Our markets are spilling over with the work of local craftspeople and artisans, along with the edible arts of our gourmet food producers. So if you'd like to indulge in a little browsing and buying during your stay, we have much to tempt you with!
FOOD AND WINE:Edit
Just drive along our coastlines and cruise our quiet country roads, and the Peninsula's love affair with wine, fresh produce and bountiful food on the table quickly becomes obvious. The Peninsula's landscapes are reminiscent of the Mediterranean too, with silvery olive groves, rolling hills laced with vineyards, waterfront cafes and restaurants, roadside signs for strawberries or free range eggs and lively local markets where growers bring just-picker and just-made produce.
NATURE AND WILDLIFE:Edit
A wildlife wander on the Mornington Peninsula is an excellent reason to just relax, slow down and really experience nature. If you walk quietly through our landscapes or stop for a little while in a bird hide, you'll be amazed at the variety of wildlife that can emerge.
So grab your camera and binoculars, put on some comfortable walking shoes and come and meet the native animal and birds that make our bushlands, wetlands and coastal lands come to life so vividly. We're only an hour from Melbourne, but you'll feel a world away from the city.
The Mornington Peninsula National Park, which covers 25,000 hectares of this region, is a great place to start. Greens Bush, for example, is rich with birdlife, while kangaroos feed on its open grasslands at dusk and in the early morning.