Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.
Visit the illustrious Denistoun Park for the Mornington Peninsula’s instalment of the Regional World’s Longest Lunch. At RWLL Mornington Peninsula guests will delight in canapes and Pimms on the lawn before sitting down to enjoy a race day inspired lunch provided by the best food and wine the region has to offer including Red Hill Estate, Barn & Co, Stillwater and The Long Table.
Making a splash: Enjoy the beautiful calm blue waters of Port Phillip Bay, with white beaches lined with colourful beach boxes. Explore the other side of the Peninsula and enjoy the rugged coast line, hike along the cliffs, walk the beaches, explore the rock shelves and surf the waves. After a day of swimming, take some time to relax in the naturally heated waters of the Peninsula Hot Spring's.
Dining out: Enjoy unforgettable meals accompanied by signature wines on the peninsula and see what the star chefs create from the fresh regional produce. Relax among the vines for homegrown wines matched with mouthwatering creations made from local harvests. The tiny pocket of Main Ridge and Red Hill boasts many five star and hatted restaurants including Petit Tracteur Bistro, Montalto, Port Phillip Estate,Ten Minutes by Tractor and The Long Table. Try Paradigm Hills' weekend tasting plates, Stillwater at Crittenden, or Foxey's Hangout's well-balanced snacks.
Fun and adventure: Get lost at the Enchanted Maze or at Ashcombe Maze, learn to stand up paddleboard, try wind surfing, go swimming with the dolphins or snorkel with the weedy sea dragons. Go horse riding along the beach with Gunnamatta Trail Rides.
Wineries: Take your pick of 170 vineyards and over 50 cellar doors around the Mornington Peninsula. Make your way around Red Hill, Merricks, Main Ridge, Balnarring and Moorooduc to taste signature cool climate single-estate pinot noir and chardonnay and get acquainted with arneis, sangiovese and gewurtztraminer. Enjoy a wine tour of a different kind with Horseback Winery Tours.
Golf: Play a round at one of Mornington Peninsula's prestigious golf courses, making the most of an optimal landscape boasting seven highly ranked courses of the 19 courses on the Peninsula. Putt above jaw-dropping coastal views at the Flinders Golf Course, wander through distinctive gnarled Moonah trees at Moonah Links, or be challenged by some of Australia's toughest golfing packages at Eagle Ridge or The National. Play a round on RACV Cape Schanck Resort's unusual course, or at Portsea Golf Club and its cleverly-created 'blind' shots over hills combining turf, sand and natural contours.
For more information visit www.visitvictoria.com/Regions/Mornington-Peninsula
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