Day 4: Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne
85 km/53 miles, about 1 hour
Enjoy a relaxed start to your second day in the Mornington Peninsula by lolling in the naturally heated mineral waters of Peninsula Hot Springs. The energising waters at Australia's first geothermal resort bubble up from 637 metres below the peninsula. Use your Mornington Peninsula Attractions Pass for discounted entry.
After a lazy brunch to make the most of the tasty local produce and artisan coffee, you can choose between a few hours on a golf course or diving into the peninsula's enticing waters.
The Mornington Peninsula boasts eight of Australia's top fifty golf courses, with excellent public options. Moonah Links features the Australian Open 'Championship Course', The Dunes' rolling sand dunes and St Andrews Beach are in the heart of the 'Cups' region, and Portsea Golf Club consistently rates in the national top 50.
Portsea's position at the tip of the peninsula means you can cool off at a safe bay beach and surf the waves at the ocean beach just minutes later. Scuba diving lessons are held around Portsea Pier where sea dragons and rays roam.
Nearby Sorrento is the departure point for dolphin and seal swimming expeditions. Imagine snorkelling in the blue waters of Port Phillip Bay alongside friendly fur seals and diving into the domain of bottlenose dolphins. It's worth saving the best for last.
With a camera full of once-in-a-lifetime water, wine and wildlife photos, it's time for the hour-long drive back to Melbourne. There's bound to be a coffee waiting for you at your favourite local cafe and a laneway you're yet to discover.
If you're inspired to extend your road trip, consider setting off on the Great Southern Touring Route along the iconic Great Ocean Road and into the rugged wilderness of the Grampians. From Sorrento you can board the car and passenger ferry to Queenscliff and head towards the famous 12 Apostles and beyond.