The Mornington Peninsula is a wonderful area of spectacular coastline and seaside villages about an hour’s drive south east of Melbourne. Taking on a Mediterranean feel, this region is well known for the olive groves and vineyards that dot the rolling landscape. Discover more than 50 cellar doors offering samples of fine wines, complimented by good food at a choice of local cafes and restaurants.
An ideal base for exploring some of the nearby islands, while the Great Ocean Road and Queenscliff can be accessed by ferry from Sorrento. Trek to the historic Point Nepean for its secluded beach and cliff top views. Surfing, diving, fishing and swimming with dolphins are also on offer along the Mornington Peninsula, as well as a host of festivals and events during the summer months.
Located just south of Melbourne, a holiday in Mornington Peninsula is perfect for those wishing to escape the city and head for idyllic beach retreats. It has an incredibly varied coastline, and a burgeoning reputation for food and wine, influenced by vineyards and farm fresh food scene to be found in this corner of the state of Victoria.
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Taking its cue from Mediterranean influences, Mornington Peninsula offers laid-back coastal charm in a typically Australian fashion.
Foodies will head straight for one of the many top restaurants and cafes that overlook the shoreline especially in Main Ridge. Meanwhile others will be perfectly content to make a picnic of it along golden stretches of sand, content to sample some of the finest fish and chip you’ll ever eat. With historic fishing villages such as Hastings and laidback shoreline communities such as Sorrento it won’t be long before you’re affected by the charm of this little spit of land.
Beaches are what Mornington Peninsula does best, with a mixture of calm sandy bays and rugged rocky outcrops, perfect for creating surf breaks that roll in from the Bass Straits. Safe swimming beaches are also to be found near the harbour area. These family friendly beaches are protected by offshore sandbars; so really, there’s a strip of sand for you no matter what your desire.
There are plenty of watersports activities for you to try your hand at including sailing, surfing or kayaking. If you have ever wanted to try stand up paddle boarding this is the ideal spot. A genteel paddle along the Sorrento shoreline will reveal historic cliff top houses, and perhaps a playful dolphin or sea lion or two might pop their head out of the water to say hello as you go by.
Explore the wine region
Mornington Peninsula has a reputation as a fertile wine region, to satisfy the cosmopolitan tastes of Melbourne, one of the most culturally vibrant cities in Australia, but also as internationally renowned wine growers. The regional Pinot Noir is classy enough finds its way onto most tables and a tour of cellar doors will also reveal labels of some distinction such as Paringa Estate Winery and Restaurant, Merricks Estate and Yabby Lake.
Mornington Peninsula is all about farm-fresh produce, and has a reputation of insisting upon the best provenance, wherever you go. Local chefs have a wide range of tasty foods at their disposal and always create culinary heaven whether you visit a restaurant or the simple pleasures of a seaside cafe. With seafood as fresh as they come, there’s a great deal for the epicurious to get curious about. Within a few moments of sampling the local cuisine you’ll soon realise why Mornington Peninsula holidays are the choice of Aussies and lovers of 'La Dolce Vita' worldwide.