Just over an hour from Melbourne, our Mornington Peninsula day tour takes you on a relaxing coastal tour which showcases some of the best of the natural wonders of Port Phillip Bay while also offering great cafes, restaurants and wineries.
Appreciate the wonder of the region when you see the land and sea from the highest point on the Peninsula at the Arthur’s Seat Eagle. It is an aerial gondola that soars over the forest of Arthurs Seat State Park and gives 360 degree views of the peninsula, and across the bay back to Melbourne.
Port Phillip bathing boxes
Since the 1860s, bathing huts have decorated the beaches of Port Phillip Bay. The wealthy have long used them to store their boating paraphernalia, as dressing huts to allow modesty and as a place to rest out of the sun on a hot summer’s day. The boxes are regulated by the government so they are all without power and water and are not for overnight use. Despite this they are highly sought after. The brightly coloured boxes line the beaches from Brighton and Mount Martha, to Dromana, Blairgowrie and Portsea. They have heritage significance and are preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Where to eat on the Mornington Peninsula?
At every strip of shops, all the way along the Peninsula, there are incredible cafes and restaurants where you can eat fresh, local food that will delight your taste buds.
Pop into Merchant and Maker on the Nepean Highway in McCrae for a delicious breakfast or lunch. Prior to the COVID shut downs, this cafe was awarded the ‘Best cafe on the Mornington Peninsula’ for three years in a row. The current menu includes a Japanese pancake (okonomiyaki) with edamame, pickled ginger, otofuku, katsuobushi, spring onions, nori and renkon chips, as well as old favourites like a bacon and egg roll with relish or a smashed avo on sourdough.
For a casual yet refined meal, Bistro Elba in Sorrento delivers Southern French cuisine. Think foie gras, soufflé and decadent cheeses paired with French digestif liqueurs and a range of local and French wines.
Wineries of the Mornington Peninsula
Enjoy a wine tasting at the dramatically stylish cellar door at Polperro Winery in Red Hill. Try the Polperro premium label and the Even Keel range by winemaker, Sam Coverdale then head into the dining room and order from the seasonal menu.
The stunning architectural features of Jackalope are as striking as the service at this exquisite destination winery. You can have a wine immersion experience where you learn about winemaking and sample wine at various stages of the fermentation process.
Montalto in Red Hill South has an excellent cellar door and a sculpture park on the grounds. Satisfy your inner art critic with a wander around the property. Sample award winning Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals and see why Hallidays have given Montalto five red stars.
Beach life and water sports on the Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula offers easy access to the beach for thousands of Victorians and tourists from other states. Summer or winter, the beaches and marine life of this patch of land attract boaters and sailors, swimmers, fishing enthusiasts, and divers. On our Fishing on Port Phillip Bay tour you have the chance to catch flathead, snapper, various sharks, garfish, rock cod, whiting, and leatherjackets.
The Mornington Peninsula has the advantage of having calm bayside beaches as well as ocean surf beaches. For young families especially, the water is great for paddling and beach play; the ocean is shallow and generally still along the Nepean Highway beaches. Head to the back beaches of Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Gunnamatta to jump waves, use boogie boards or surf.
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