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Mornington Peninsula - Victoria VIC
Mornington Peninsula - Victoria VIC holiday
Breathe in the fresh sea air, sample innovative local cuisine, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle of the Mornington Peninsula, just an hour from Melbourne. Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in breezy seaside villages, cool off with a day on the beach, or escape to the hinterland for gourmet delights at boutique wineries.
Many of the Peninsula’s wineries are as much loved for their wines as they are for their exquisite restaurants overlooking vines, rolling hills and lakes. Delve into the two- or three-course menu at the Dining Room at Port Phillip Estate, where chef Stuart Deller serves seasonally driven dishes with European accents. Or book in advance for the tasting menu at Montalto, an award-winning restaurant with wide open views to the grapevines and olive groves. On the 11 hectare (28 acre) Willow Creek Vineyard estate you’ll find the stellar Jackalope Hotel, housing one of the most exciting restaurants in the area. The food at Doot Doot Doot is either grown in the kitchen garden or produced in the region, allowing chef Guy Stanaway to deliver a real expression of what it means to eat locally on the Mornington Peninsula.
Roll out your towel on the golden shores of Port Phillip Bay. The long, wide bay beaches at Frankston are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and yachting. Small bays are dotted between Mount Eliza and Mornington, while a series of safe, sandy bay beaches can be found around Mount Martha. Colourful bathing boxes huddle along the foreshore between Mount Martha, Dromana, Rosebud and Portsea, and have become an attraction in their own right. At the back beaches – on the open waters of the Bass Strait – you can tackle the swells generated by the strong westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Hit the surf at ocean beaches such as Point Leo, Flinders, Portsea and Sorrento, or if you’re just starting out, book a lesson with Salty Surf School.