Home to all kinds of fun, from world-class wineries to thermal hot springs, the Mornington Peninsula well and truly deserves its reputation as Melbourne’s playground. Just over an hour from Melbourne, the area is a popular spot for locals and travellers, who are drawn to the area for its stunning coastline, laidback vibe and exceptional local food and wine. Whether you’re just passing through on a day trip or enjoying a chilled-out weekend break, the Mornington Peninsula offers plenty for travellers who appreciate good food and good times.
Best Mornington Peninsula Day Trips from Melbourne
Curling around the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington Peninsula has been Melbourne’s favourite seaside retreat for decades. On one side, the protected bay offers safe sandy beaches and calm waters, perfect for families on hot summer days. But cross to the southern side to be amazed by the rugged coastline and swelling waves of the Bass Strait, great for surfing and wild coastal walks. Picturesque coastal towns such as Portsea, Sorrento and Dromana fill during the warmer months as Melburnians escape the city for sun, sand and sea. Be sure to grab an iconic photo of the brightly coloured bathing boxes that line the beaches on your trip!
Away from the beaches, the fertile land and cool coastal climate combine to make the Mornington Peninsula top wine making country. Here you can sip and sample some of Australia’s most elegant and sophisticated wines, while admiring incredible views and dining on delicious local produce. Pinot noir and chardonnay rule here, but there are plenty of breweries, cider houses and even distilleries dotted along the peninsula, ensuring all drinkers are satisfied.
From farmgate experiences such as strawberry picking at Sunnyridge Farm to the stunning views over Port Phillip Bay from the Arthurs Seat gondola, the Mornington Peninsula offers stacks of fun activities for travellers of all ages. Undoubtably a highlight of any trip to the area will be the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs. Here you can relax in the naturally heated mineral waters, enjoy over 50 international inspired bathing experiences or spoil yourself with a special spa treatment.
Our Mornington Peninsula Tours
Enjoy the best that Mornington Peninsula has to offer with one of our tours from Melbourne. You’ll explore the stunning beaches, dine on top local food, sample the famous wines and soak up the friendly atmosphere of the relaxed coastal towns. Our local guides will offer you fascinating insights into the history of the region, chaperoning you from place to place so you don’t have to keep an eye on how many wine samples you’ve had.