The beautiful Mornington Peninsula is an incredible destination at any time of year, even during winter. When the mercury drops the beaches become quieter and the towns have more of a country charm.
Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and drive an hour and a half south west of the city. You’ll discover a stretch of magnificent coast and countryside that you won’t take for granted.
Here are five places where you can stay or have fun on the Mornington Peninsula.
Peninsula Hot Springs (pictured)
The famous Peninsula Hot Springs will help you slow right down and relax. These naturally heated geothermal hot springs make for the number one attraction along the Mornington Peninsula. Indulge with massages, facials and other body treatments. There’s also a gorgeous hill top pool where you panoramic views of the countryside. After a couple of hours here you’ll feel a million bucks.
Enchanted Adventure Garden
Grab the kids and head to this exciting outdoor wonderland. You’ll need at least a couple of hours to explore this place. It’s great for thrill seekers, especially those who are up for a challenge. Bush obstacle courses await, ready to test you at every turn. There’s also an intricate maze to navigate your way through. It’s definitely no easy feat. Not to mention the fun to be had while tree surfing.
Victoria’s oldest and original house was built in 1844. It belonged to the McCrae family, which was one of the six pioneer families on the Mornington Peninsular. There’s a lot of history to explore here as you step back in time. Take a guided tour to explore the historic furniture and artwork on site as you also learn about the hardships the first residents faced. Comfortable and stylish accommodation is also available for those seeking a unique experience.
Morning Star Estate
Stay in one the Guest House’s charming but affordable rooms or spa suite. This hidden gem boasts impressive architecture and beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay. The gardens are kept in an impeccable condition, with more than 75,000 roses. The heritage building also has a cellar where you can sample and buy some of the finest local wines in the region.
Mornington Peninsula’s Glass Blowers
Venice may be world-famous for glass blowing. But this little hot glass studio in county Victoria is also something to talk about. The gallery is home to the work of two of Australia’s most talented glassblowers, Eileen Gordon and Grant Donaldson. The husband and wife team create colourful artwork in a variety of different shapes. They put on demonstrations every day so you can watch them action. Afterwards you can purchase their fabulous creations.