The Mornington Peninsula is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Victoria.
Located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, it offers travellers plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. From scenic beaches to historic sites, there is no shortage of attractions to visit.
Sip wine at amazing vineyards, take a scenic gondola ride at Arthurs seat. Swim with dolphins and seals on Moonraker or have a swim at Rye or Sorrento beach and for lunch try the fish and chips at the famous Portsea Hotel.
No matter how you travel whether by car or tour you day will packed with adventure.
Here are some of the top things to do on the Mornington Peninsula:
1. Visit the Port Phillip Bay
Port Phillip Bay is a beautiful natural bay that is a must-visit attraction for backpackers. With miles of sandy beaches, clear waters and stunning scenery, it’s the perfect place to relax and unwind. Head to Rye or Sorrento Beach for a swim, or explore the nearby rock pools.
Also the iconic Mornington Peninsula beach boxes are mainly found along the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, with many situated along the coastline of the towns of Brighton, Mount Eliza, Frankston, Dromana, Mount Martha, Rosebud, and Sorrento.
Most popular Beach Boxes to get that insta pic will be Brighton Beach a suburb of Melbourne. And Mount Martha along the coast.
2. Explore the Peninsula Hotsprings
The Peninsula Hotsprings is one of the top destinations on the Mornington Peninsula, no matter what type of traveler you are. It has been designed as a complete wellness experience and boasts more than 50 thermal pools of varying temperatures, sauna, steam room, reflexology walk, cold plunge pools, a vitality pool, thermal clay amphitheatre, cafe and a hilltop pool and Prices start from $35 per adult.
You can self drive to the Hot Springs or you or you can join a tour from Melbourne. There are several options such as express, twilight tours that are around 6 hours or you can take a full day tour including a visit to the famous beach boxes.
3. Go wine tasting
The Mornington Peninsula is known for its excellent wineries and cellar doors. Take a tour of some of the best vineyards in the region, such as Red Hill Estate, Port Phillip Estate and Yabby Lake Vineyard. Travellers can enjoy wine tasting alongside stunning views. The wines on the peninsula are grown on the hills overlooking the picturesque vineyards and the mountains. You can also do full day wine tour departing from Melbourne.
5. Visit the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
The Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens is a unique attraction on the Mornington Peninsula that is not to be missed. It features 25 acres of beautiful gardens with over 2,000 lavender plants, a hedge maze ( don’t get lost), and a cafe. Ashcombe Maze and lavender gardens are perfect for romantic picnic dates or a relaxing stroll. Ticket starts from $10 for children and $18.50 for adults.
6. Head to the Arthur’s Seat Gondola
The Eagle is a state-of-the-art gondola that takes visitors on a scenic trip over the Mornington Peninsula’s stunning landscape. From the top, you’ll be able to take in panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay and the mainland. It’s an excellent way to see the local area from an elevation. Return tickets start at $18.50 for children and $29.50 for adults Family packages are also available.
7. Visit the Point Nepean National Park
The Point Nepean National Park is a historic site that is packed with fascinating history and stunning views. The park is home to a variety of walking trails that take you through natural landscapes, past historic sites and stunning coastal views. There are also multiple beaches in the area for swimming and relaxing.
8. Watch the sunset
The Mornington Peninsula’s stunning scenery makes it the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Pack a picnic and head to one of the many beaches or parks in the region for an unforgettable evening. The rocky seashores and stunning sunset colors are truly an amazing experience.
The Mornington Peninsula has become a popular tourism destination for good reason. travellers can experience a wide variety of attractions, including historic sites, wineries, museums, and beautiful natural scenery. With its close proximity to Melbourne and the many activities available, it’s the perfect spot for travellers looking for a unique and adventure-filled holiday. Enjoy the many things we have mentioned to do, and make the most of your time visiting the Mornington Peninsula.
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