Soak up the laidback lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula with crisp sea air and great local tastes only an hour away from Melbourne CBD. Discover the local galleries, spas and cafes in seaside villages or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.
HOW TO GET THERE
Follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access Port Phillip bayside towns (Mt Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea). To access villages alongside Westernport Bay (Tyabb, Hastings, Flinders), take the M1 linked with the Western Port Highway.
For a quicker journey of ony an hour, take the M1, join the Eastlink tollway, take the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and then Moorooduc Freeway.
From Southern Cross Station, take a train (runs every 15-20 minutes) to Frankston, then connect through Hastings to Stony Point.
Buses from Melbourne travel to all areas of Mornington Peninsula and local buses operate around each village. For further timetable info, contact Public Transport Victoria (PTV) on 13 16 38 or visit PTV.
We had a chat with Adam Nicholls, founder of Wine Compass Australia, and found out his favourite spots around the region. Based in Mornington Peninsula, Adam started the wine tour company, Wine Compass in 2013, which has run over 1000 exciting tailored, private tours with behind-the-scenes access.
If you're in the area, check out our events for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018:
The Peninsula Picnic | Mornington Racecourse Saturday 17 March
Handpicked Wine Wedding | Handpicked Capella Vineyard, Bittern Saturday 24 March
Peninsula Hot Springs - unwind from a hard weekend of eating and drinking with a massage or two to rujevenate your mind, body and soul
Whole hog served Tex-Mex style in a West Footscray block party
Harley and Rose, West Footscray
Pizzini pop-up cellar door with barrel tastings plus fabulous salumi bar
Project Forty Nine, Collingwood
A WA chef making native ingredients a staple
House of Food and Wine - Hotel, Melbourne
Join the fun and excitement as you take your taste buds on a journey across Sun Country on The Murray
Various Locations across Sun Country on The Murray,