Naomi McIntosh

For Naomi McIntosh and her family, the lifestyle of living in the Mornington Peninsula is second to none. Their day starts with sunrise over Western Port Bay and ends with a bushwalk or visit to a nearby beach. 'It is a perfect place to unwind and connect with nature,' Naomi says. 'This helps to keep a clear mind and to remain grounded.'

Along with the region's fantastic food scene, it's the connections with like-people that has been a real drawcard for the team at Chief Son’s Distillery. 'This 'support network' becomes an incredible resource, providing inspiration, collaborations, ideas and authenticity to everyone's craft or skill.' Naomi says.

Chief Son's Distillery was established in 2013 and bottled their first batch of single malt whisky three years later. Head to their Moorooduc tasting room to sample both their core and specialty range and jump on a tour of their working distillery and take home a tasting pack, or bottle of their small-batch whisky to enjoy later.

Discover Naomi’s favourite foodie spots and nature escapes in the Mornington Peninsula.

1. Canadian Bay Beach

This quiet beach is located a short drive from the main village shops of Mount Eliza. Slightly of the beaten path it tends to be a bit of a local's secret. The clear water is perfect for snorkelling and the beach boasts city views, across the bay. After a day at the distillery, Naomi likes to come here for picnic dinners on the beach and a stand-up paddleboarding session.

2. Flinders

This picturesque tiny town boasts a historic streetscape, gourmet dining options, boutique shops and art galleries. Naomi's advice? 'Eat ice cream, walk out on the pier to spot the manta ray and weedy sea dragons, then have dinner at Flinders Hotel.' Sounds like the perfect day out, to us.

3. Stumpy Gully

This family-owned winery produces 11 varieties of wine and houses a sensational restaurant on site. 'It's our go-to celebratory restaurant, with some of the best fare the Peninsula offers.' Sample the seasonal à la carte menu for lunch or dinner.

4. Moorooduc Railway

Naomi cites this local bike track as being an excellent day out for adults and kids, alike. 'It runs along the old railway live, past farms, horses, llamas and wetlands, giving a snapshot of what makes our area so unique.' Take to two wheels to experience it for yourself.

5. Beer, Cider and Spirits trail

Along with its renowned gourmet dining scene, the Mornington Peninsula is jam packed with craft breweries and boutique cideries and distilleries. Here, innovative makers experiment with flavours and brewing techniques, to create artisan brews, fresh-pressed ciders and small-batch spirits. Hop on the trail and drop into any cellar door that tickles your fancy - be sure to add a stop at Chief Son's Distillery to your itinerary.

"We live in a location that's among nature, the coast and some of the best produce Victoria offers."

— Naomi McIntosh, Chief's Son Distillery

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