I’ve been heading down to the Mornington Peninsula for as long as I can remember. Really, it’s like my home away from home!
My family had a holiday home down there while we were growing up; a bright blue and yellow box of a beach house. Looking back at it now, it really did resemble one of those bright coloured beach boxes you see along Brighton Beach. That being said, it was our little slice of Mornington Peninsula heaven!
We would spend our summer days riding our bikes along the foreshore, sun bathing on the golden sand in McCrae and watching the helicopter take off from the Sorrento landing pad. As we grew older, we said goodbye to our childhood holiday house but this didn’t stop me from heading back down there every chance I could get!
Flash forward a few years, the Mornington Peninsula became somewhat more of a weekend getaway destination for me and my friends. So these days whenever we’re blessed with a good day of weather, I will always try to go down there and try out a new spot!
If you’re looking for a nice getaway that’s only about a 90-minute drive from the Melbourne CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is a fantastic place to visit. Here are some things that I would personally recommend to do while down along the Mornington Peninsula!
Sorrento & Back Beach
Sorrento is one of the more fashionable towns along the Peninsula and it’s one of my favourite spots down there! The main street is lined with high-end fashion, art and homeware shops, as well as plenty of little restaurants and cafés. The pace of life is slower down there; making it the perfect place for a casual afternoon stroll. The back beach of Sorrento is also very popular amongst the locals and tourists, with plenty of rock pools to explore, rough surf waves for the adventurous and some lovely little lookouts.
The Peninsula Hot Springs
The Peninsula Hot Springs are the ultimate spot for a relaxing day along the Peninsula. The natural thermal springs ooze luxury and tranquility. My friends and I love to spend a nice morning at the hot springs to catch up with one another and unwind from our busy lives back home.
Point Nepean National Park
Located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, the Point Nepean National Park is a great area to explore the rugged Australian landscape and discover the history of this once significant military point. There are plenty of excellent hiking trails and lookouts of the coastline.
Strawberry Picking at Sunnyridge
The Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm is a family owned business in the rural inland area of the Peninsula. The best thing about this farm is that you get to wander through the fields and pick your own strawberries to take home. Talk about strawberries for days! After you’ve picked your strawberries and had a taste of the delicious strawberry ice cream from the gift shop, head to The Pig & Whistle for a nice and chilled lunch in the Beer Garden. Note: Strawberry season runs from November to April.
Arthurs Seat Lookout
If you’re after incredible sweeping view across the coastline, the Arthurs Seat Look out is the place to be. The steep, winding road up to the top of Arthurs Seat offers impressive scenic views from various lookout points. I recommend enjoying the panoramic views over Mornington Peninsula, Port Phillip and the Bass Straight at sunset. It’s exceptionally wonderful watching the cool blue sky turn into a blend of warm pinks and yellow as the sun sets across the bay.
The Brunch Spots in Mornington
Mornington is where you should go to sit back, enjoy a delicious brunch at one of the local hotspots, and stroll through the streets and artsy boutiques. Every Wednesday, food and handicrafts stalls dot the Main Street for the local street market.
The back beaches of the Mornington Peninsula boast some of the most spectacular walks in Victoria and provide breathtaking views of that noteworthy Australian coastline. There are kilometres and kilometres of walking spots along the Peninsula that weave their way along the cliffs, beaches and hidden spots of the coastline.
Do you have a favourite weekend getaway place near you? What’s your favourite thing about it?