8 Incredible Mornington Peninsula Experiences To Have On Your Big Lap

by Dani Slaughter & Family

1. Pamper yourself

Indulge in relaxation and pamper yourself on the Peninsula at one of the stunning retreats. The most popular spots with locals are the Peninsula Hot Springs in Fingal, Red Hill Spa in RedHill and the Wellness Retreat at Woodman Estate in Moorooduc.

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2. Take a trip through history

The Mornington Peninsula has a rich cultural history which is clearly evident today. Its historical sites like Fort Nepean in Point Nepean, Collins Settlement in Sorrento and Fossil Beach Mount Martha and Cape Schanck lighthouse are buzzing with locals and tourists all year round. Towns like Portea and Sorrento are lined with buildings reminiscent of the Peninsula’s history.

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3. Beach Hopping

The Mornington Peninsula is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Victoria. The coastline drive through the Peninsula showcases these beaches from cliff jumping at Mount Martha through to the beautiful natural wonders of London Bridge and Bridgewater Bay. Safety Beach is really popular with families for its calm waters and cool bathing boxes.

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4. Vine Hopping

The Mornington Peninsula is a wine aficionado and foodie’s heaven. Join a tour through the windy hinterland roads and explore the Wine Food Farmgate Trail. Along the trail, you’ll discover winemakers, brewers, cider makers and distillers who operate the best cellar doors across the Mornington Peninsula region.

Try the private picnic experience at Montalto, take the self-guided culture walk at Pt Leo Estate or visit the Peninsula’s first licensed winery, Main Ridge Estate. On your venture to the vineyards, call in at Merrick’s General Store.

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5. Fishing Charters and Water Sportsat!

With a range of scuba diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking, sailing, and fishing charters there is something for every water sport enthusiast. Bay Play Experiences, Water Maarq and East Coast Surf school offer a variety of activities. There is a plethora of fishing charters that venture out into Port Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait to choose from.

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6. Adventure, Mazes and Curated Gardens

There are many amazing gardens and mazes to visit across the Mornington Peninsula where you can spend the day tree surfing, navigating hedge mazes, enjoying a picnic lunch or walking through beautifully curated gardens. The Ashcombe Maze, The Enchanted Adventure Garden, Mornington and Cranbourne Botanic Gardens, Cruden Farm and the Big Goose are a few the kids will love.

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7. See Iconic Aussie Wildlife

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Reserve is located in the bushlands of Pearcedale. You can get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic and endangered species. Feed the roaming kangaroos and wallabies, pet a koala or book an animal encounter, the kids will love just how close they can get to the animals.

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8. Epic Sightseeing

Soak in the view as you ride through the treetops in the state of the art Arthurs Seat Gondola or glide through the bay aboard the Searoad ferries as you look out for dolphins in ferries’ wake, or whales in the winter.

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