MORNINGTON PENINSULA TOUR
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Mornington Peninsula is one of Melbourne’s most popular summer holiday destinations. The peninsula is connected to Port Phillip Bay to its north and Bass Strait to its south. With picturesque beaches and calm water all year round, Mornington Peninsula is an ultimate place for families to hang out and relax. There are a number of quality local restaurants and wineries scattered across the peninsula, coupled with magnificent gardens, fun-packed adventure park and delicious chocolate shop to choose from, Mornington Peninsula offers the unrivalled seaside experience.
Brighton Beach Boxes
Moonlit Sanctuary (optional)
Mornington (town) for lunch
Mornington Peninsula Wineries
Luxury Transport Hotel Transfers
Friendly Guide Heaps of Fun
Bottled Water Child Safety Child (if required)
Car Parking Toll Fees
On the morning of your tour, we would pick up from your hotel. Upon return, we can drop you to either your hotel or your chosen restaurant in Melbourne CBD
For a group booking of more than 11 people, please contact us for a quote.
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Mornington Peninsula, here we come!
In the morning, our friendly driver will pick up from your hotel.
Travel southeasterly from Melbourne along the Port Phillips coast, via Brighton Beach Boxes. Mornington Peninsula is closer to Melbourne CBD in comparison to Phillip Island.
The peninsula is surrounded by beautiful sea and soft beaches, ideal for family vacations. The towns on the peninsula become bustling on summer weekends. In addition, there are hot springs, wineries, adventure gardens, golf courses and other activities to choose from all year round, a haven where your body and mind can enjoy total relaxation, with beautiful seaside views of Mornington Peninsula.
Brighton Beach Boxes
Brighton Beach Boxes are located 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD. There is a total of 82 uniform beach boxes lining up on Brighton Beach, each beach box has its own unique colour and pattern. However they were all built identically and are well-known for its splendour. Brighton Beach Boxes had more than 100 years of history, first built in 1860s. Each box has a dimension of 2.4 meters long, 2 meters wide and 2 meters tall. As no additional beach box is permitted to be built on Brighton Beach, these boxes are big-ticket items! In addition, beach boxes are only allowed for private use and prohibited from any commercial activities, hence they are a great relaxation spot for their owners. Thanks to Port Phillips Bay, the water here is calm and perfect for swimming and sun bathing in summer. Looking northwards, you will get a striking panoramic view of downtown Melbourne.
Interesting Fact: There is a total of 1,860 beach boxes scattered around Port Phillips, of which 1,315 are located on Mornington Peninsula.
First opened in September 2001, Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary covers 10 hectares of natural wonderland, it is currently home to more than 200 Australian native animals, ranging over 60 different species, many of which are endangered and native only to Australia, it includes: kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingoes, Tasmanian devils and many more. You not only get to watch these cute Australian animals in close distance, but also interact with some of them. In addition, Moonlit Wildlife Sanctuary staff regularly educates local primary and secondary school students on animal protection and general knowledge about Australian animals.
Moonlit Sanctuary also has an unique evening tour, when the night falls, experience the exciting lantern-lit tour accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. You will sight active nocturnal birds, Tasmanian devils and pademelons out seeking for food, observe koala and kangaroos in quiet evening setting and more. The night tour generally takes about 2 hours.
Moonlit Sanctuary Admission Tickets:
Adults (over 18 years old) AUD $24 / children (4-18 years old) AUD$ 12
Moonlit Sanctuary is open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM except Christmas Day.
Mornington is a seaside town located on the west coast of Mornington Peninsula, with a “village-like” atmosphere and mild temperatures all year round. The town is popular with both locals and holiday makers, it offers a variety of delicious restaurants, coffee shops, gift and flower shops and other specialty shopping experiences. In summer, there is a lot of hustle and bustle in town, the restaurants and cafés are packed with friendly locals who are having a fun time with family and friends. there are also a golf course and dockside sailing club located near the coast.
If you like to enjoy a nice meal or drink over some gorgeous sea view, there is no better place than Mornington Pier located at the end of Main St. Up the stairs at The Rocks Mornington, the window seats present a breathtaking harbour view, indulge in some yummy local food.
Port Phillip Bay Beaches
At Mornington Peninsula, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in Victoria, they are great for family activities in summer, such as: swimming and snorkeling. The soft yellow sand and crystal clear water are the true appeals of Mornington Peninsula. Amongst them, Safety Beach, Frankston Beach and Mill Beach are all fantastic communal beaches for parents to relax and sunbathe, and great playground for kids. Take a leisurely stroll on the beach and let kids build their sandy castles or swim in the shallow water. If you fancy a family picnic on the beach, bring a blanket and towels, we can bring you to shop snacks and drinks. Along the coast, traverse through gorgeous seaside towns, such as Dromana, Rosebud, Portsea, feel free to take a break at any time along the way, you will also find more beach boxes lined up along the coast.
Want to take your summer vacation to the next level? there are a few surfing and diving schools located on Mornington Peninsula that do day courses.
Mornington Peninsula Wineries
Mornington Peninsula is well-known for the oaky and crisp wine it produces and beautiful vineyards, with more than 50 wineries to choose from, range from excellent Shiraz and Pinot Noir, to Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio. The vineyards boast of spectacular views of green rolling hills and stunning sea sparkles in the distance, hence Mornington Peninsula wineries are very popular with Melbournians on weekends.
Many wineries have their own restaurants onsite, we would like to recommend two below.
Ten Minutes by Tractor, the winery is made up of three separate vineyards planted with different grape varieties. It is the only Mornington Peninsula restaurant rated as Two Hats (equivalent of 2 Michelin Star in Australia), from the famous head chef to the knowledgeable sommelier, the venue serves French-inspired food infused with European and Asian cuisine influence, with fresh local ingredients sourced directly from Mornington Peninsula, It delivers the true flavours of Mornington Peninsula that you won’t forget.
Paringa Estate is another outstanding winery on the peninsula. The restaurant is connected to the cellar door and boasts of beautiful views of the vineyard and mouth-watering modern Australian food. The chefs regularly incorporate specialty ingredients sourced from the peninsula into their creative food ideas, each dish served is a piece of culinary art made with passion and love, complimented with a selection of wines made locally and other parts of Australia, enjoy an appetising lunch here!
Mornington Peninsula also has beer and spirit breweries that can be added into your itinerary.
Arthurs Seat is the highest viewing point on Mornington Peninsula, north to beautiful seaside town of Dromana, south to the Mornington Peninsula wine producing region of Red Hill, Enchanted Adventure Garden is also located nearby. The cable car facility – Arthurs Seat Eagle will take you from the bottom slowly to the top of the mountain over some breathtaking views of Mornington Peninsula. On the way back, we will driving through the winding mountain road on Arthurs Seat, allow you to overlook the entire peninsula from different angles. In winter, you can catch a glimpse of the mesmerising sunset here.
Additional Tour Options:
Pure Peninsula Honey offers a wide variety of quality honey products, it includes famous Manuka honey, local floral flavoured, lemon flavoured honey and many more. Not sure which one is right for you? You can taste each type of honey before you buy, either it’s on your morning toast or simply on its own, these honey will be great complements. Bring a bottle of local honey back home, it will remind you the sweetness from Mornington Peninsula. In addition, there are honey ice cream (or mixed with macadamia nuts) and honey sparkling wine and cider that you can choose from, they can be fantastic additions on your next party!
Get ready for Australia’s largest and oldest hedge maze, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden was originally a large cattle ranch. The Cypress and Lombardy trees planted by the original owner Burston family over decades ago paved the way for the elegant garden we see today. It was re-established in the 1970s with a large number of native Australian plants and the further addition of Rose Maze in 1988. However it was not open to public until late 90s. Today, Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens cover a total area of 25 hectares. The dense traditional hedge maze is made up of more than 1000 cypress trees. The trees are more than 3 meters in height and form thousands of metres of walk trail for you to explore! Finding the exit not only is a test of your memory, but also requires a little bit of luck. In addition, there are more than 1,200 different colored roses in the Rose Maze and up to 40 different varieties of lavenders to be found in the lavender garden during summer.
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden Admission Tickets:
Adult AUD$18.50 / Children (4-15 years old) AUD$10
Enchanted Adventure Garden is truly a children’s paradise with 20 different themed gardens, including three hedge mazes, giant tube slides, tree surfing with zip lines, swinging rope bridges, suspended tunnels and more. Let kids experience the joys of playing outdoors and make new friends along the way.
Enchanted Adventure Garden Admission Tickets:
Adult AUD $30 to AUD$ 70 / Children AUD $20 to AUD $60 (based on the activities you choose) Learn more.
Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot spring and spa in Victoria. It offers a wide range of bathing and spa experiences. The hot springs are outdoors-based with a number of pools to choose from, with thermal water drawn from an aquifer located 600 meters underground, it contains full of natural minerals. Dip yourself in the warm soothing water, let both body and mind set free and relax. In addition to public outdoors hot spring pools, there are private baths and a variety of massage and spa options available. For more information.
Admission: Adult AUD $45 / Children (5-15 years old) AUD $25 (Monday to Friday, Non Public Holidays and Non School Holidays)
Adult AUD $55 / Child (5-15 years old) AUD $35 (Weekend, Public Holidays and School Holidays)
Mornington Peninsula Chocolates is a local gem on the peninsula that you can’t miss! The owner and chocolate makers’ passion and love for chocolate have won this little chocolate shop a number of local and domestic awards over the years. These delicate chocolates are handmade using high quality local and imported raw materials, combining traditional French, Swiss and Belgian techniques. If you are curious, hang around a little longer and watch how chocolates are made at this fabulous chocolate shop in Flinders. What’s more, the shop offers delectable macaroons, cakes and ice cream fill to your sweet teeth.
Flinders Pier is located in the southeastern part of Mornington Peninsula, it’s popular amongst locals for its beautiful beach and natural serenity. The 250 meter long pier juts into the sea, it’s a perfect spot for a nice afternoon stroll, the pier is also well-liked by fishing and water sport enthusiasts.
Sorrento is undoubtedly one of the most loved destinations on Mornington Peninsula. Located towards the end of the peninsula, it was the first location where settlement was attempted in Victoria prior to the founding of Melbourne, unfortunately the lack of freshwater then had made the early settlers moving further down south to Tasmania. Sorrento is a lively town abounds with restaurants, bars, hotels and motels. For guests who would like to connect Mornington Peninsula with Great Ocean Road, ferry service can transport us across Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff (next to Geelong), please contact our friendly staff for more information.
Quarantine station – this historic area has nearly 50 cultural heritage buildings. Initially set up in 1852 to quarantine and isolate early settlers from Europe who had travelled to Australia by sea, this Portsea quarantine station is the second oldest in Australia. The pictures and information on exhibition illustrate early history of Victoria and the hardships of early European settlers had to endure across the sea.
Fort Nepean was formerly a defensive fortification in the area since 1880s, Nowadays it has become a scenic national park, the 1 km circular walk trail will show you the best parts of Port Nepean with magnificent ocean views. Alternatively shuttle bus service is available, please see the bus schedule.
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Mornington Peninsula is located 75 km South East of Melbourne. It has been a popular summer attraction since 1870s, Originally occupied as large agricultural land, today the peninsula is brimful of organic orchards, beautiful vineyards and a selection of day spa and hot spring facilities. It is most notable for its soft sand beaches and delightful wines, along with many outdoor activities such as: golf, diving and surfing. In addition, Mornington Peninsula holds a number of interesting events throughout the year, e.g. Dromana Strawberry Festival and Frankston Sea Festival in January and Pinot Noir celebration in February.
Summer packing list: 1) Sunglasses, sunscreen and hats; 2) Throngs (flip-flops) and shorts if you plan to walk on the beach or dip your feet in the crisp sea water. 3) Water bottle to keep yourself hydrated, we also provide bottled mineral water. 4) Beach towels / blanket if you plan to have a picnic on the beach and a bag to keep you rubbish. 5) If you plan to swim on hot days, swimwear and a towel.