Just a one hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s weekend playground. For international guests, the Peninsula is a perfect addition to a Melbourne visit, offering some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure, beach and leisure activities.
With a moderate, coastal climate, the Peninsula offers year-round opportunities to explore the region’s wineries or tee off on its world-class golf courses. Over 50 cellar doors and restaurants dot the rolling hills around Jackalope’s own 11-hectare vineyard, while 20 outstanding golf courses, of which three are rated in Australia’s top 10, have cemented the Peninsula’s position as Australia’s number one golf destination.
Framed by two spectacular coastlines, the Peninsula’s unique array of dramatic surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs, and national parks contribute to the perfect mix of coastal and country reverie.
Art & Culture
McClelland Sculpture Gallery
An outdoor sculpture as well as a gallery McClelland’s has been offering a unique experience since 1970, with 100 permanent outdoor sculptures in the ti-tree forests and an outdoor café also available. You can join one of the free guided tours, twice daily on Tuesdays and Fridays.http://mcclellandgallery.com/
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Cafe / Gallery
This well-known art gallery showcases local culture around the Peninsula, including a lot of works focusing on its costal environment. Their website is a great guide for current and future exhibitions, workshops and excursions; you can also enjoy free guided tours available every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm.http://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Home
Cellar Door / Dinner / Lunch / Winery
Set on a stunning 25 acre working property, Polperro delivers a complete vineyard, food and wine experience, offering a bistro and cellar door onsite. Polperro Bistro is earthed on a collaborative partnership between winemaker and chef. An inspired regional menu is complimented by highly acclaimed estate wines, creating a synergy between the vineyard and kitchen. The bistro, designed by Hecker Guthrie, is strikingly modern. Earthy, warm and inviting, the space integrates the outdoors seamlessly with its floor-to-ceiling windows and large open-air timber deck. No matter the season, guests can enjoy the ambiance of the venue and relax overlooking the vines and valley. Phone: 5989 2471 150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill Distance: 7 minutes, 8.7 kms (south-west) Thursday-Monday from 11am - 5pm or by appointmenthttp://polperrowines.com.au
Cellar Door / Dinner / Lunch / Winery
Montalto produce finely crafted Mornington Peninsula wine with real character from 6 vineyard sites across the Peninsula. The range of vineyard sites provides great natural diversity of fruit and wine style that is important in making interesting and complex wines. The chef's hat rated Montalto Restaurant is imbued with a provincial spirit, from a personal greeting at the front door to the food on the plate in front of you. Food is inspired by regional France but anchored in the fresh seasonal produce of the estate and region. Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of the breathtaking and rambling rural outlook of vines, olive groves, sculpture, lakes and wetlands, with pasture, and a hint of the ocean as the backdrop. The adjoining piazza offers simple, tasty food with wine enjoyed in a garden or courtyard table setting. Selected sites within the property are available for elegant, fully catered outdoor picnic dining, ideal for a romantic lunch or unique experience.https://montalto.com.au/
Health & Wellness
Peninsula Hot Springs
Cafe / Pool / Sauna / Spa
Set on 42 acres, the Peninsula Hot Spring and Spa offers bathing house and a range of other services that aim to provide a relaxing and rejuvenation global experience for the guests. From Turkish steam baths, reflexology walks, underground sauna, cave pool and spa treatments, the options are endless. The Spa offers additional private pools and focuses on tranquil spaces for the individual. Live music sets the scene of Thursday nights to carry through the baths. There are also a number of dining menus and packages available seven days.http://www.peninsulahotsprings.com/
The Wellness Manor
Pool / Sauna / Spa
The Wellness Manor has a holistic approach, focusing on the individual’s four pillars of health: nutrition, detox, exercise and skin health. These four pillars highlight the treatments and packages on offer, including massages, steams, facials, waxing and other beauty services. Guests receiving treatment also have exclusive access to two outside pools, including a 39-degree soak, to soften muscles before treatment; a sauna; and a post treatment outdoor harem-style relaxation room.http://www.thewellnessmanor.com/
Walk & Rides
Point Nepean National Park
Scenic Ride / Scenic Walk
Point Nepean really is one of Victoria’s beautiful natural landscapes. The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds.
Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track
A 5.4km return coastal and bush track where wallabies are a common sight and the sea glimpses are breathtaking. Bushranger’s Bay was the setting for the movie, Where the Wild Things Are, as it is a desolate and beautiful cove that was selected for its wild beauty.