Though it feels like a world away from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula's rugged wilderness, coastal vistas and lush hinterland gardens are only an easy hour's drive away.
Travelling by car from Melbourne
Follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access Port Phillip bayside towns (Mt Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea). To access villages alongside Westernport Bay (Tyabb, Hastings, Flinders), take the M1 linked with the Western Port Highway.
For a faster journey (60 minutes) take the M1 and join the Eastlink tollway, paying special attention to the eclectic mix of roadside artwork, including the giant bird of Emily Floyd's Public art strategy and Callum Morton's high-rise hotel. Take the Mornington Peninsula Freeway and then Moorooduc Freeway to quickly reach the Mornington Peninsula.
Please note, there are no toll booths on the M1 or Eastlink. Passes must be pre-purchased from citylink.com.au for the M1 or breeze.com.au for Eastlink.
Public transport options
Jump on a metropolitan train service (running every 15-20 minutes) from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Frankston, then connect through Hastings to Stony Point on Westernport Bay.
Buses travel from Melbourne to all areas and local bus routes operate around each Mornington Peninsula village. Bus number 788 departs Frankston station for towns alongside Port Phillip Bay to Portsea every 45 minutes on weekdays, and every one to two hours on weekends.
For detailed information on timetables and costs for trains and buses, please contact Public Transport Victoria on (in Australia only) 1800 800 007 or visit ptv.vic.gov.au
Travel from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Frankston, Mornington and Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula on the regular airport bus. For more information phone 03 9783 1199 or visit fapas.com.au
Choose the scenic option and spot dolphins as you make the stunning ferry crossing from Queenscliff on the Great Ocean Road to Sorrento. The Sorrento Car And Passenger Ferry departs daily from Sorrento Pier and Queenscliff Harbour, every hour on the hour from 7am until 6pm, all year round. Foot passengers, bicycles, cars, towed caravans and trailers, motor homes, motorcycles and truck are all welcome.
You can also take the ferry between the Mornington Peninsula and French Island and Phillip Island