Touring routes & itineraries
Grab the keys and set out on a self-drive tour to see every bit of the Mornington Peninsula, postage stamp-sized but chock-full of breathtaking coastal scenery, charming villages, wineries and championship golf courses.
Follow a suggested itinerary to ensure you don't waste a moment of your day trip, or take your time on an extended tour of the Around the Bay Touring Route, crossing Port Phillip by ferry to explore the Bellarine Peninsula on the other side. You're only an hour from Melbourne yet you'll feel a world away on the Mornington Peninsula.
Around the Bay
Take in everything from historic villages and beautiful beaches to stunning coastal scenery and local wildlife on a drive around Port Phillip Bay.
Golf with an afternoon twist
In the morning tee off at Eagle Ridge Golf Course, Moonah Links Resort or Rosebud Country Club, then grab an after-golf ale and spot of lunch overlooking the water at the Portsea Hotel. Enjoy the afternoon on a trail ride on Gunnamatta Beach, swimming with dolphins or seals on a Moonraker or Bayplay cruise or indulging at Peninsula Hot Springs.
Sip and swing 'til sunset
Enjoy a leisurely morning tasting some of the region's finest wines at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove or Red Hill Estate. Stop for lunch at T'Gallant, Paringa Estate or Stillwater at Crittenden and then play golf until you see the sun set over the water at Portsea Golf Club, RACV Cape Schanck Resort or the Flinders Golf Course.
Artistic and cultural discovery
The peninsula's idyllic landscapes have long attracted top Australian artists. See their work at galleries in coastal villages or in the inspiring hinterland bush.
Start your day at McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and Jenny Pihan Fine Art. Take lunch in a Tuscan castle at Manyung Gallery or at the historic Morning Star Estate. Spend the afternoon at Gordon Studio Glassblowers, then hide and seek at the Enchanted Maze Garden. End your day with the bay views from Landmark Bridge in Frankston.
Australian natural encounter
Experience the inland landscapes of Central Australia, and the beauty of water at the Rockpool Waterway from within the Australian Garden at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens. Head over to Moonlit Sanctuary for close encounters with koalas, kangaroos and wombats. Have lunch to remember at The Rocks at Mornington or Hickinbotham of Dromana.
Immerse yourself in Australian history for an afternoon at the former defence outpost at Point Nepean or at the fascinating Cape Schanck Lightstation.
Wine lovers trail
Visit the cellar doors at Paringa or Red Hill estates or Tuck's Ridge. Stay around for lunch or sample more options at Montalto, T'Gallant or Vines of Red Hill. Get back onto the tasting trail after lunch at Willow Creek, Hickinbotham and Morning Star Estate.
Perfectly personalised pampering
Take the opportunity to reconnect or recharge on the Mornington Peninsula. Spend a morning wandering through local galleries or just meandering along the foreshore. Savour lunch at Salix at Willow Creek, Tuck's Ridge or Paringa Estate and then spend the afternoon winding down at a luxurious day spa. Try Endota at Mornington, Red Hill or at Peppers Moonah Links, the sublime Peninsula Hot Springs, or the spa retreat at Woodman Estate.
Snorkel with sea dragons, swim with seals
Swim with whiskery seals, dive with playful dolphins, snorkel with sea dragons or take a cruise or kayaking tour to watch the watery antics. Make the most of the vast coastlines with a swim, surf or diving expedition.
Start the day with a dolphin swim with Polperro, a diving trip with Fish 'n' Ships or a gallop along the beach with Gunnamatta Trail Rides. Eat lunch at the Portsea Hotel before getting adventurous with Bayplay Adventure Tours, discovering local history at Point Nepean or walking along Cape Schanck boardwalk.
Don't stop when the sun sets – take a night swim in the heated pools at Peninsula Hot Springs, meet nocturnal animals at Moonlit Sanctuary or see Port Phillip Bay shimmer as the sun goes down from a Moonraker Dolphin Cruise.