Aerial panorama of Sorrento Back Beach and coastline, Mornington Peninsula

Things to do in  Mornington Peninsula

Beaches, brews, and views

Whatever the season, you’ll never be short of things to do in the Mornington Peninsula. In the summer, the surf is perfect and al fresco fine dining becomes the norm. In the cooler months, beat the chill in the hot springs and explore cozy pubs, breweries, and wine bars. Jutting out into the Bass Strait with a coastline along the eastern side of Port Phillip bay, Mornington Peninsula is a seaside lover’s dream. Fish, swim, and enjoy sunsets along the waterfront, or head inland to enjoy the many parks and golf courses.

Top 8 attractions in Mornington Peninsula

Moonlit Sanctuary

Located in the bushlands of Mornington Peninsula, Moonlit Sanctuary is a wildlife conservation park that is home to native Australian wildlife, including koalas, wallabies, kookaburras, and dingos. The sanctuary is most famous for its night tours, which allow visitors to see nocturnal pythons, feathertail gliders, quolls, and more.More

Point Nepean National Park

On the western tip of the Mornington Peninsula, travelers come to the beautiful Point Nepean National Park to bike or hike along the coastal landscape and to learn more about the park’s history at the 50 heritage-listed buildings. The ocean views along one of Victoria’s most treacherous coastlines are also impressive.More

Arthurs Seat Eagle

A ride on the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola whisks visitors to the 1,030-foot (314-meter) summit of Arthurs Seat—the highest point in the Mornington Peninsula. Spectacular views are guaranteed both during the climb and from the hilltop viewpoint, from which you can see Port Philips Bay and Melbourne on a clear day.More

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has stood in solitary splendor atop rugged cliffs since 1859—and its light still burns even now. The heart of the Mornington Peninsula’s Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, it’s a starting point for a range of splendid walks, although the lighthouse itself is difficult to access.More

Enchanted Adventure Garden

The Enchanted Adventure Garden is a family-friendly park on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. General entry includes access to hedge mazes, giant brain-teaser puzzles, a canopy walk, tube slides, and more. They also offer a “tree surfing” high ropes course, and ziplining. There are attractions here for all ages and abilities.More

Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens

Located amid the lush countryside of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens are home to Australia’s oldest traditional hedge maze. As well as encompassing 25 acres (10 hectares) of gardens, the complex features a Lavender Labyrinth that flowers year-round and a Circular Rose maze made up of 1,200 roses.More

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Set amid the rolling vineyards of Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is a family-owned farm that also grows raspberries, cherries, and blueberries. The farmstead is also home to a cafe that serves decadent strawberry desserts and a gift shop where you can buy jam, ice cream, and freeze-dried fruit.More

Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

While Australia’s Phillip Island may be best known for its wildlife, this family-owned chocolate factory brings a tasty touch to the island, with handmade truffles and other treats crafted on-site. Cocoa-themed games and displays–like sculptures carved out of solid chocolate and a giant chocolate waterfall–hit the sweet spot for kids.More

Top activities in Mornington Peninsula

3 hour Dolphin and Seal Swim (NOV-APR)
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3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Sightseeing Cruise, operated with swim tour passengers
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Seal and Dolphin Watching Eco Boat Cruise Mornington Peninsula
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All about Mornington Peninsula

When to visit

Winter is a great time to visit Mornington Peninsula to beat the crowds. There’s still a lot to see and do, and while you might need a sweater, it won’t ever be frosty. Fall—around late February to April—is also a great choice. There’s less rain in fall than in spring, and fewer tourists—this time of year is also when local wineries harvest their grapes, making it a great time to visit vineyards and taste local varietals.

Getting around

Public transport in Mornington Peninsula is modern and reliable. The Metlink trains run from Frankston Station just a couple of blocks inland from Frankston Beach, to Stony Point on the green, southeastern tip of the peninsula. To reach areas in the west and southwest of the peninsula, local buses run regularly and are good value. You can reach smaller islands off the coast of Mornington Peninsula using the local public ferries.

Traveler tips

Mornington Peninsula is well known for its wine, so head to Rahona Valley near Dromana to see how it’s made and enjoy a tasting with the estate’s owners. If you’re more of a beer drinker, the best places to find local craft beer in Mornington Peninsula are Red Hill Brewery—the first craft brewery in the area—and at Two Bays Brewing. Add these to your list and drink beer fresh from the fermenters.


People Also Ask

How do you spend a day in Mornington Peninsula?

Start your day with freshly roasted coffee at a seaside cafe, then head off on a walk to discover some of the peninsula’s wildlife and scenery. Book a wine or beer tasting for the afternoon, or a delicious dinner at one of the many great local restaurants.

What is Mornington Peninsula known for?

Mornington Peninsula is known worldwide as a region that produces high quality wine, thanks to its unique climate. Being by the sea, it enjoys cool sea breezes for most of the year, which keep the grapes from becoming overripe. This means fresher tasting wines with higher acidity.

Why visit Mornington Peninsula?

There’s so much to do in Mornington Peninsula. It’s a great destination for sporty travelers, with good surf and bays for swimming, SUP boarding and snorkeling—and plenty of golf courses and nature trails to hike too. It’s also a haven of eateries and bars serving local produce, making it ideal for foodies.

What seaside town is on Mornington Peninsula?

Rosebud is a pretty seaside town in Mornington Peninsula with colorful beach huts lining its long, sandy beaches. It has a links-style golf course and an adventure play park, and there are quaint shopping streets with boutiques and delis, as well as cafes, restaurants, and pubs.

How far is Mornington from the city?

To travel from Melbourne by car to the town of Mornington, it takes around 40 minutes. There’s a ferry that sails directly from Melbourne to Sorrento on the tip of the peninsula, and this takes 40 minutes—you can travel as a foot passenger or with a vehicle.

What is slang for Mornington Peninsula?

Mornington Peninsula is called “Ninsh” by people from “Melbs”. If you want to fit in around Mornington Peninsula though, it’s probably best to stick to the official name until you develop a local accent—which you might get if you decide to stay longer than you intended to.

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