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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.

Village stories

Take a heritage walk around the seaside village of Sorrento and witness a living history in the beautiful old limestone buildings. Delve deeper into the past on a trip to the nearby Nepean Historical Museum and Pioneer Cottage, and Collins Settlement Historic Site. 

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 mansions Coolart Homestead, Beleura House 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.

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History & heritage

Heritage buildings

McCrae Homestead and Museum

Explore one of Victoria’s oldest pioneering homesteads and its neighbouring museum, discovering fascinating family heirlooms and artworks.

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.

Heritage buildings

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.

Heritage buildings

Beleura House and Garden

Book ahead for a half-day guided tour of this stunning 1863 Italianate mansion and its gardens, with lunch and shuttle bus transport provided.

History & heritage

Mornington Railway

The Mornington Railway runs on the Mornington Branch line, recreating the original Victorian Railways branch line operation. As a heritage and...

Maritime history

Museum of HMAS Cerberus

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


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