South east touring route
Leg 3: Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula
105 km / 65 miles, about 1 hr
While away an indulgent morning in the gardens and wineries of the Peninsula. Start at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, home to Australia's oldest hedge maze and the world's first circular rose maze. Heronswood is famous for its 19th-century bluestone mansion, formal gardens and Diggers Club. Red Hill Estate serves award-winning wines and the Peninsula's best views of Western Port Bay, while Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove boasts a very highly regarded restaurant and sculpture garden.
Spend the afternoon playing golf on one of the Peninsula's 21 world-class courses, go swimming with dolphins and seals on a Moonraker Dolphin Cruise, or walk through historical military sites to the Peninsula's tip at Point Nepean. Another exhilarating seaside excursion is around the wild headland and boardwalks at the historic Cape Schanck lighthouse. Finish the day at Peninsula Hot Springs in a naturally heated mineral bath or indulging in a pampering body treatment.
Overnight: Mornington Peninsula, then return to Melbourne.
Watch from the shore, or join an organised expedition to swim with or cruise alongside Port Phillip Bay's friendly bottlenose and common dolphins.
Prepare for a round at one of Mornington Peninsula's 19 golf courses, making the most of an optimal landscape that boasts eight highly ranked courses.
Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.
Restore balance to your life with Mornington Peninsula's sea air, serene gardens, luxurious day spas and Victoria's only natural thermal springs.
Have a blooming wonderful time inhaling the sensational colours and fragrances of Mornington Peninsula's manicured and heritage parks and gardens.