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Overview

Portsea

Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous at Portsea's millionaire mansions, toast local characters at the historic Portsea Pub and feel the sun on your back as you learn to scuba dive.

See how the other half live

Spot Melbourne's rich and famous around Portsea during holidays. Take the Millionaire's Walk to Sorrento along cliff tops, through landscaped gardens and past private jetties for vantage points of their imposing mansions. Take in stunning views of the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the contrasting ocean beaches.

Summer on the water

Watch as surfers and iron-men battle it out in summer competitions or build your own skills on the water with a spot of sea kayaking.

Portsea's location at the tip of the Mornington Peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and be riding the surf at the ocean beach just minutes later. Slow down after a day out in the water with an evening with friends on the green lawns of the Portsea Pub.

Learn to scuba dive amid sea dragons and rays around Portsea Pier. Experienced divers can explore the reef system to the left of the pier, or venture by boat to outlying reefs and historic wrecks, like the former warship HMAS Canberra.

Trade bathers for hiking boots and set off on the 100-kilometre Mornington Peninsula Walk, or try out one of the shorter stints into Point Nepean. Take in peaceful bays, wild coastlines, tranquil bush, native animals and important Victorian history.

Defending Victoria's coast

Explore the fascinating labyrinth of nineteenth century tunnels and fortifications in the Point Nepean National Park that were built to guard Port Phillip heads. Pay a visit to the historic Quarantine Station, established in the early 1800s as grazing land and repurposed as a haven for refugees.

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Things to do

Portsea

Great trails

Mornington Peninsula Walk

Get a new view of the peninsula on the 100-kilometre Mornington Peninsula Walk, or embark on the shorter Two Bays, Fort Nepean or Coastal walks.

Walking & hiking

Fort Nepean Walk

Follow this short trail to Fort Nepean past The Rip, the treacherous divide between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale that has claimed many ships.

Water sports

HMAS Canberra

Take the plunge 28 metres underwater to explore the wreck of the HMAS Canberra, Victoria's newest dive site and first artificial dive reef.

Art, theatre & culture

Sorrento-Portsea Artists Trail

Take a scenic walk along the coast taking in Sorrento Pier, Point King and St Pauls' Beach and discover the real-life scenes that made it to canvas.

Heritage buildings

Bathing boxes

The peninsula's rainbow-coloured bathing boxes have provided a colourful backdrop to countless swims and lazy beach days all around the bay.

National parks & reserves

Point Nepean National Park

Journey to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula to Point Nepean National Park and explore its rugged coastline, natural beauty and military history.

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Food & wine

Local produce

Fill up with farm-fresh delights at Mornington Peninsula's inviting roadside stalls, or taste the harvest cooked to perfection at esteemed eateries.

Water sports

Boating and sailing

Fill your sails on Port Phillip Bay and sail off on powerboats, yachts and kayaks past Mornington Peninsula's resident dolphins and inquisitive seals.

Nature & wildlife

Wildlife and zoos

Head to the Mornington Peninsula for close encounters with familiar Australian wildlife and some unusual new discoveries, on land and in the water.

Things to do

History and heritage

Unlock the peninsula's historic discoveries from earliest Aboriginal times to the evocative era of European adventurers, mariners and pastoralists.