Bathing boxes, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
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Take a trip down the Mornington Peninsula and be dazzled by the quaint coastal villages and hinterland hamlets full of heritage streetscapes, acclaimed wineries and restaurants, rugged seascapes, luxurious spas and renowned golf courses.

Wind around the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay taking in vast ocean views and sheltered beaches reminiscent of Mediterranean Europe. Stop along the way for coffee, wine or a bite to eat and discover the laid-back charm and the village welcomes that are quintessentially Victorian.

The Mornington microcosm
Travel the region from top to toe in just 30 minutes. Pass quaint bathing boxes strung along the beachfronts of Dromana, Rosebud and Mornington, and then head inland through the rolling hills of the verdant hinterland to orchards, market gardens and wineries.

With everything on the peninsula within easy reach, there's plenty of ways to fill your day. Spend a morning boutique shopping amid historic limestone buildings in Sorrento and then tee off from the cliff top golf course at Flinders on Westernport Bay. Treat yourself to a soak in Rye's thermal mineral pools, see works of art at Mornington's renowned gallery, or head to the top of Arthurs Seat for panoramic coastal views. For fresh berries, gourmet cheeses and local wine head off to gastronomic Red Hill.

Coastal pace
Slow down, unwind and be rewarded. The rugged Westernport Bay villages of Flinders and Balnarring are perfect for restoring balance and perspective. Stay a night in the old Keeper's Cottage at the Cape Schanck Lightstation and be soothed by the sounds of waves crashing on the shore.

Linger over languorous feasts at seaside restaurants in Portsea and Mornington, or tuck in among the vines at any of the five 'chef's hat' winery eateries around Red Hill and Main Ridge.

Beach life
Discover life on and underwater around Mornington Peninsula's beautiful sandy beaches. Catch a wave at surf beaches, scuba dive around the Portsea pier reef system, encounter stunning sea dragons as you snorkel the underwater trail around Rye pier, and frolic with the seals and dolphins in the waters off Sorrento.

In the lap of luxury
Set off on the Millionaire's Walk atop the cliffs between Portsea and Sorrento for bird's eye views of the multi-million dollar properties. Soak in thermal waters at the Peninsula's famed spas and continue the rejuvenation in the quiet gardens of your B&B or historic homesteads. Roam galleries, craft markets or artisan workshops around Red Hill and Main Ridge to find that perfect keepsake.

Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Arthurs Seat

Follow history and ascend the summit of the highest viewpoint on the peninsula for breathtaking views, muddling mazes and stunning ornamental gardens.

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Rye, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Dromana, Rosebud and Rye

Rediscover the long sun-kissed days of summer holidays at Dromana, Rosebud and Rye before seeking more adult pastimes at bars, cafes and golf courses.

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Cape Schanck Lightstation, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Flinders & Cape Schanck

Breathe the world's cleanest air in Cape Schanck and hide away for a retreat around tranquil Flinders with its designer homes and gourmet eateries.

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Frankston Pier, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Frankston

Enter the Mornington Peninsula at Frankston, but don't continue into the peninsula until you've exhausted the city's fascinating attractions.

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Tyabb Packing House, Tyabb, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Hastings

Make the short journey from Melbourne to experience life in a historic fishing village, and uncover a treasure trove of vintage and antique finds.

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Mornington, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Mornington

Get arty in Mornington, a cosmopolitan seaside village with sidewalk cafes, colourful bathing boxes, boutiques and a renowned regional gallery.

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Portsea Pub, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Portsea

Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Portsea's millionaire mansions, and relish the sun on your back as you learn to scuba dive.

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Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill

Red Hill and Main Ridge

You'll be amazed at the compact size of the peninsula's micro region, with its accessible vineyards, restaurants, artisan producers and orchards.

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Sorrento, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Sorrento

Join in the good life amid Sorrento's historic buildings, whether you're dining al fresco, browsing galleries and boutiques or swimming with dolphins.

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