The Mornington Peninsula packs an amazing diversity of attractions into a beautiful and very compact region. It’s just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, but will quickly have you feeling you’re a whole world away.
Colourful seaside villages dot three coastlines while vineyards, country restaurants serving inspired regional food and wine, luxury escapes and B&Bs are waiting to be discovered in the green and restful hinterlands just 15 minutes inland.
More than 50 cellar doors invite you to sample the Peninsula’s celebrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with many other fine wines. There are 13 golf courses (a number of them in Australia’s top 50) and lots of family attractions including huge maze gardens, hot springs, a wildlife sanctuary and horse riding.
The Peninsula’s beaches are magnificent year round, with walking, swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, dolphin and seal swims, sea kayaking and fishing from piers or out in Port Phillip Bay.
Bongo! Transit is about connecting communities on both sides of Port Phillip Bay and providing access to the townships of Queenscliff & Sorrento and many others around the Coast.
Bongo! Transit operates its vehicles between 11.30am to 3.45pm (from Queenscliff) and 11:30am to 8:30pm (from Sorrento) on Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays.
Operates from both Ferry Terminals Sorrento & Queenscliff
• Searoad Ferries dock at approx. 20 mins. to the hour & depart on the hour.
• Bongo! Transit will endeavor to be at the terminal to pick up disembarking passengers at Ferry docking time, and to drop off departing passengers, to the best of our ability.
Weekday Bongo tours are also available by contacting Bongo Transit directly
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat. From humble beginnings, the Enchanted Adventure Garden has grown into a wonderland of mazes, gardens, art and adventure that is designed to enliven the senses and challenge the mind.
We spend a lot of time getting things just right and we see the creation of a quality experience as our own living and breathing work of art.
It’s a place where you can loose yourself in the colours of garden design or marvel at the formal structures of hedge topiary. You can be transported by giant sculpture, get tangled in a maze, go Tube Sliding or book a Tree Surfing adventure. Or just set up a picnic and listen to the laughter.
It’s a place where you can reconnect with the people you care most about and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it.
A converted cool store dating back to the 1920’s with a history in fresh food, Epicurean focuses on honest, regional produce complemented by wines produced exclusively on the Mornington Peninsula. Visit the
Epicurean store offering delicious homebaked goodies, house roasted coffee, continental cafe fare, homewares & regional produce.
The large Italian cucina also celebrates local produce via an Italian-inspired menu featuring traditional wood fire pizza plus an Italian menu capitulating all things Italy.
Red Hill Epicurean is a truly unique venue situated within the gorgeous surrounds of Red Hill winery region and surrounding bushland.
The Mornington Peninsula Shire manages foreshore camping along the natural foreshore reserves with beach access in Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento. These locations are great for accessing many of the Mornington Peninsula’s recreational activities including swimming, walking, cycling and relaxing.
Campsites are close to all local amenities including local shops, cafes, national parks/reserves, shared bay trails and are just a short drive to the peninsula’s surf beaches and Western Port Bay. These sites offer a wonderful place to enjoy a great holiday experience.
Capel Sound Foreshores operates caravan / camping reserves at Rosebud West and Tootgarook with a total of 300 powered sites and 46 unpowered sites. Both camping reserves are managed from the Rangers office in Rosebud West.
Tootgarook Foreshore operates on a seasonal basis from December to April each year while the Rosebud West Foreshore operates ALL YEAR ROUND.
The Peak Season operates from mid December until the end of January, Easter and all long weekends. Booking is required for the peak periods. Bookings are open until April each year for the forthcoming peak season, and current caravan park users (Seasonal Camper) are given first preference.
Welcome to Blue Mini: the newest retro cafe & eatery an award winning peninsula favourite.
Open year round for all day breakfast, great “Di Bella” coffee & delicious lunches made with fresh locally sourced produce.
Local artists & creative works blend with a unique range of home & giftware in the “emporium”. The perfect space for events, special occasion or a casual drop in.
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The recently opened Crittenden Wine centre at Crittenden estate has introduced an exciting new way of experiencing wine on the Mornington Peninsula. A range of alternative and traditional wines are available for tasting in a format that is unique, innovative and potentially a game changer in the field of wine tourism
The Crittenden Family looks forward to welcoming you to their tasting room. You might also like to consider a stay at the recently refurbished and very luxurious Lakeside Villas.
For more information regarding Crittenden estate make sure to visit their website.
Portsea Village Resort is the ideal place to stay when exploring the Mornington Peninsula food, wine, markets and many other delights of the region. The magnificent boutique venue caters for couples, families and groups.
Ideally positioned opposite the beach and historical Portsea Pier. Guests can enjoy the use of all the facilities which include Fitness centre with restaurant, gym, spa, sauna and indoor heated pool. Relax by the outdoor heated pool with spa surrounded by beautiful manicured gardens, or for something a bit more strenuous, you might enjoy a game of tennis or squash.
Our Restaurant is fully licensed featuring extensive Mornington peninsula & French Wines. Open Friday & Saturday nights from 6pm – 9pm or other nights by arrangement. Enjoy alfresco dining over the warmer months or relax in the comfortable lounge area which is ideal for pre-dinner drinks.
To book your stay, either call us direct or book online at www.portseavillageresort.com
View the Portsea & Queenscliff Package – Package includes two nights accommodation in a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment, 4 foot passenger return ferry tickets to go and explore Queenscliff for the day…more info
The Boathouse Resort Motel is ideally located on the Southern end of the Mornington Peninsula, opposite the Blairgowrie beach and marina, and just 4 minutes drive from the Searoad Sorrento – Queenscliff car and passenger ferry.
Only metres from the shops and restaurants of Blairgowrie and, with the award-winning Cafe Legend on site, it’s the perfect base for a Mornington Peninsula getaway!
Consisting of our Spa, Balcony and Queen Suites. Also our newly refurbished Garden Studios and Luxury King Spa Studios for ultimate comfort. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex. We also have on site BBQ facilities and a swimming pool for those hot summer days.
All only minutes from the Peninsula’s finest golf courses, beaches, restaurants, wineries and Mornington Peninsula National Park.
Nothing is better than a day on the Peninsula tasting all it has to offer, which is why we invite you to a unique experience at the Mornington Peninsula Brewery.
Nestled in Mornington’s back streets the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is now recognised as one of the best craft breweries in Australia.
The inviting aroma of malt and hops greet you at the brewery bar where you can watch the brewers creating your favourite Mornington beer. Along with the core beers; Pale Ale, Witbier, Brown Ale and IPA there is always a seasonal beer over summer and winter, plus their famous specialty beer, created every month in celebration of the many styles of beer from around the world. Brewed by head brewer Andrew Gow, the beer has received world-wide acclaim with several awards and medals from International Beer Awards.
The Brewery Bar has a casual relaxed atmosphere where you can watch the brewers creating your favourite beer. Complemented by a rustic beer garden and a viewing mezzanine overlooking the industry of the brew house.
All the beers are created at the brewery. The mezzanine gives you a perfect view to watch the brewing process first hand. From the hot liquor tank through to the bright tank where the beer is conditioned and carbonated before packaged into kegs, bottles and cans.
Together with a contemporary menu of traditional wood-fired pizzas and Mornington Peninsula wines Mornington Peninsula Brewery makes a welcoming destination for all discerning beer drinkers.
Bayplay offers family holiday cottages or group accommodation for a relaxing visit to the Mornington Peninsula or grab a Bayplay Adventure Day Pass for a Fun Day in the Bay.
Sea Kayak the Coastline where Dolphins Play
Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the crystal clear waters off Portsea. Meet the resident dolphins and view the clifftop mansions of Melbourne’s finest.
Snorkel or Dive with Sea Dragons
Take a guided Eco Snorkel or dive tour to visit the famous Weedy Sea dragon Colony. Learn to dive in just one day or invest in a PADI Dive Certification.
Book a Bike, SUP or Kayak
Explore the Point Nepean National Park by land or water on your self-guided experience or a guided tour.
The Bayplay Adventure Pass is a great way to access these options, so book your adventure today or stay a while in one of our accommodation options.
Bayplay is a multi-award winning business, providing a stop shop to access the adventure playground of the Mornington Peninsula.
Gunnamatta Trail Rides aims to create the ultimate lifetime experience and learning foundation for all current and future horse enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.
Whilst there are a variety of activities you or your group could participate in, none are as rewarding, or as memorable, as horse riding with Gunnamatta Trail Rides situated on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.
Trail riding on horseback through beautiful coastal bush lands and on spectacular beaches, is on of those incredible experiences you will never forget.
There are 75 Healthy, well trained horses to suit all riding levels, including beginners. Friendly staff will ensure a safe and memorable experience.
No one does it better that Gunnamatta Trail Rides.
The Flinders Hotel comprises of 40 modern accommodation rooms, two on-site restaurants (both fine dining and casual) and a versatile conference and events space. Situated in the heart of Flinders Village, the Flinders Hotel offers guests a place to call home whilst exploring the many delights of the local region.
Chopstix is an original Pan Asian casual dining experience offering the flavours of the Orient in a modern funky vibe. Chopstix Sorrento offers the freshest cuisine made with love – but with a difference.
Chopstix have no problem serving a starter of hand rolled Japanese Sushi, a Nasi Goreng, followed by a Pavlova and ice cream topped with a raspberry dressing!
Open 365 days a year, EAT IN, TAKEAWAY OR DELIVERY.
Also offering FREE WI FI.
Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa centre in Victoria around 1.5Hrs from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Peninsula Hot Springs makes it possible to bathe in the naturally healing waters of mineral rich thermal pools.
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Stand Up Paddling is one of the world’s fastest growing board sports and the Mornington Peninsula has some truly world class locations to indulge in this year round activity that is fun for all the family.
Peninsula Stand Up Paddle provides SUP lessons at a variety of Mornington Peninsula beaches, depending on the day’s wind and weather conditions.
Lessons can be tailored to suit everyone – from children to grandparents and from the absolute novice to the experienced paddler wanting to improve skills and technique.
Polperro Dolphin Swims provides amazing marine animal experiences with wild Bottlenose dolphins and Australian Fur seals in Port Phillip Bay. The unique adventure sets sail from Sorrento Pier on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, which is only a 90-minute drive from Melbourne.
You can explore the underwater world with a dolphin and seal swim, snorkelling in the pristine waters of Port Phillip Bay. For those who would prefer to stay dry, you can sightsee from aboard Polperro while learning about marine conservation.
Polperro Dolphin Swims is a multi-award winning eco tourism operation and we purposely limit the size of our trips to guarantee a high standard of customer and environmental care. Our experienced crew of dolphin experts will ensure you enjoy an unforgettable marine adventure.
Horseback Winery Tours explores the lush rolling hills of the MorningtonPeninsula’s food and wine region. We’ll take you to famous neighbouring wineries, restaurants and attractions such as Mantons Creek, T’Gallant and Green Olive at Red Hill and have packaged rides with Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, LaPetanque, Tucks Ridge, Red Hill Estate, Peninsula Hot Springs, accommodation providers and more.
If you’ve never ridden before, an accomplished Horseback Winery Tours guide and a gentle, well-trained horse will take care of you. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re in for a memorable day on a three-hour ride or a whole day in the saddle.
We’re only a 25 minute drive from the Searoad Ferries Terminal at Sorrento.