Known affectionately by the locals as The Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula is an escape from the city to a relaxing low key state of being. It was first the home of the aboriginal tribe, Mayne-bulluk.
Located south east of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula is home to some beautiful beaches and premier wineries. It is also popular for strawberry picking, bathing boxes and beautiful ocean views. Surrounded by sea on three sides, the place is an enchanting piece of land.
Mornington Peninsula is an attractive tourist destination for visitors to Melbourne wanting to take in a wine tour or a bus tour around the area including the Point Nepean National Park and the beautiful coastline along Bass Strait. There are certainly plenty of things to do and things to see during a holiday in the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.
Only an hour's drive from Melbourne, on the east side of Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington Peninsula is the city's summer and weekend getaway. From Frankston down to Portsea near its tip, the area is ideal for relaxing beach holidays. The sandy beaches facing the bay are sheltered and calm, perfect for windsurfing, sailing or paddling, while the rugged coast fronting the Bass Strait has rocky reefs, rock pools and surf beaches.
Arthur's Seat, a high, bush ridge, has a spectacular chairlift ride offering views of the peninsula. The surrounding Red Hill wineries are fast gaining a reputation for their fine Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Sip a glass of one of these wines in the historic village of Sorrento or take a ferry trip across the narrow and treacherous Rip to the beautiful 19th-century town of Queenscliff.
Running the length of the peninsula, the Mornington Peninsula National Park has lovely walking tracks. Point Nepean, formerly a quarantine station and defence post, is now part of the national park. The beach at the tip of The Heads and Cheviot Beach, where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while surfing in 1967, are both beautiful spots.