Heronswood Estate, Dromana, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
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History & heritage

Take a peek into early colonial days on the peninsula and unlock intriguing discoveries from earliest Aboriginal times to the evocative era of European adventurers, mariners and pastoralists. 

Heritage homes
Discover the varying fortunes of the peninsula's earliest residents, with the 1844 shingle-roofed McCrae homestead depicting the modest life of Scottish migrants. 

Far grander are the Victorian mansion Coolart and Mulberry Hill, once the residence of artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and his wife Lady Joan, author of Picnic at Hanging Rock

See the display of Napoleonic memorabilia at the 1840s Briars homestead, established to mark the relationship between William Balcombe and Emperor Napoleon.

Maritime and military
Explore historic gems like Cape Schanck Lighthouse, built in the 1850s to halt the destruction of ships on the treacherous coastline.

Unearth a treasure trove of military and customs history at Point Nepean, a labyrinth of tunnels and fortifications and the site of the gun that fired the first shots in both world wars.

Learn about Lieutenant Colonel David Collins' short-lived effort to build a thriving white settlement at Sullivan Bay, near what is now Sorrento.

Museum of HMAS Cerberus

Museum of HMAS Cerberus

The Museum of HMAS Cerberus is located within Flinders Naval Depot. Flinders Naval Depot was established on the 1st September 1920 and commissioned...

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Beleura the House and Garden

Beleura the House and Garden

Beleura the House and Garden is an Italianate mansion built by James Butchart in 1863. Once the Governor of Victoria's Summer House, later the summer...

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Cape Schanck Lighthouse, Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Climb the stone steps to the lamp room of one of the oldest lighthouses in Victoria and look out over the blue waters of Bass Strait from the balcony.

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Moorooduc Platform

Mornington Railway

The Mornington Railway is an operating railway museum, which recreates various Victorian Railways branch line activities just as they used to be for...

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McCrae Homestead

McCrae Homestead and Museum

McCrae Homestead and Museum is located down the Mornington Peninsula in the coastal suburb of McCrae. The McCrae Homestead, built in 1844 by Andrew...

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Bathing boxes, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia

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.

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Food & wine