With easy access from Melbourne, Mornington and the Mornington Peninsula offer a serene retreat away from the buzz of the city. A delightful seaside location, Mornington's charming and laid-back atmosphere is its most endearing quality. Here, the streets come alive with cafe culture, art galleries and boutique shops. Outside of town, there are a number of other great sights and attractions set amongst the region's beautiful surroundings.
The Mornington Peninsula has long been a popular destination for gourmet food and wine enthusiasts as well as nature-lovers. The area is dotted with small coastal towns and thriving family farms and vineyards, making Mornington the perfect weekend getaway. The city of Mornington is located in the middle of the peninsula. Within easy reach of all its attractions, it's probably the most convenient place to stay when exploring the region.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery - Mornington is well known around Victoria for its thriving art scene. At the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, visitors can view more than 1,000 pieces of artwork from regional artists along with works from visiting exhibits sourced from larger museums across the state and country.
Mornington Peninsula National Park - Despite its relatively small size, the Mornington Peninsula is home to several national parks and reserves. At the very end of the peninsula lies Mornington Peninsula National Park. The shorefront park incorporates a wide sandy beach, which opens up to the ocean, with bushland further inland.
Relax at the Spa - Mornington is a great place to chill. Both the town and the peninsula are home to excellent day spas that focus on pampering their guests. One of the most popular spas in the region is the Peninsula Hot Spring & Day Spa, which incorporates natural geothermal hot springs. The only facility of its kind in the country, it includes a family-friendly pool, cafe, and spa treatment rooms.
Beleura - The Mornington Peninsula is dotted with magnificent historic homes. Located in Mornington itself, Beleura is one of the grandest homes in the area. Built in the mid-1800s, the house and its gardens were handed over to the state of Victoria in the 1990s by the family of the home's original owner. Perfectly preserved throughout its existence, Beleura now stands as a place where visitors can learn about life in Victoria 150 years ago.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park - A favourite with children and adults alike, this conservation park is home to kangaroos, wallabies, koalas and more. Many animals are allowed to roam the grounds free of any barriers or cages. Visitors are welcome to interact with animals and feed them in supervised settings, all whilst learning about them in a fun and educational setting.
Wine Tasting - There are over 170 wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, over 50 of which are open to visitors. Just outside of Mornington, several wine estates including Stumpy Gully Vineyards and Moorooduc Estate welcome wine enthusiasts from around the world to come and taste their products. Many estates also come fully equipped with a gourmet cafe or restaurant.
Mornington Racecourse Market - This charming, family friendly market contains over 300 stalls. Offering visitors a chance to mingle with locals and sample gourmet foods from across the region, the market is a great place to spend a Sunday morning. The market is open on the second Sunday of every month.