Things to do
Peninsula Hot Springs https://www.peninsulahotsprings.com
The Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs & day spa centre in Victoria on the Mornington Peninsula. 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.
We are located a short 10 minute drive to the Peninsula Hot Springs.
Visit the Hot Springs website for more information.
Red Hill Spa
Red Hill Spa is a luxurious boutique Day Spa, on the Mornington Peninsula. Located in the heart of the wine region Red Hill Spa is a perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine or a winery lunch.
Point Nepean National Park
Point Nepean is one of Victoria’s most beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover. Its rich history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria.
The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Visitors can explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing and enjoy the coastal native trees and grasses which are ideal habitat for many native Australian wildlife.
The Mornington Peninsula is home to some of the most stunning beaches in Australia from calm bay beaches to rugged and breathtaking ocean beaches.
Hiking & Bushwalking
Bushranger Bay is one of the most popular bushwalks on the Mornington Peninsula and it is only a short drive from Fairways Resort to the beginning of the walk. Coastal Scenery leads you to a stunning secluded beach perfect for a picnic & is a wonderful way to spend the day!
This is just one of the many spectacular & diverse Hiking and Buswalking options available to you on the Mornington Peninsula. Self Guided was well as Guides Walking Tours are available for most of the Walks.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
Farm where visitors can pick fresh berries. Has a gift shop and cafe with home-made wine and liqueurs. Farm facts, strawberry growing hints and folklore.
Wineries and Wine Tours
The Mornington Peninsula boasts an abundance of wineries with over 50 cellar doors open and available for you to choose from. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, along with excellent Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Semillon, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are on offer to you when you visit our award winning wine region. You can also visit Mornington Peninsula’s only microbrewery for beer tasting and dining at the Red Hill Brewery.
Self driving is one option or if you would rather leave the car behind there are touring companies available to take you out amongst the vines.
Some of our favourite cellar doors include:
- Dromana Estate
- Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove
- T’Gallant Winemakers
- Box Stallion
- Darling Park
- The Cups Estate
- Red Hill Estate
- Ten Minutes by Tractor
- Vines of Red Hill
- Port Phillip Estate
- Paringa Estate
- Yabby Lake Vineyard
Cycle and wine tasting day tours https://vinetours.com.au
Escape the Bus! Cycle and wine tasting day tours through Victoria’s premier winegrowing areas: ride the beautiful Yarra valley and Mornington Peninsula. Ride in the morning on idyllic back roads and rail trails past vineyards and gourmet food producers, then indulge in the afternoon as we take you wine tasting at intimate boutique wineries away from the crowds.
Tours and Sightseeing
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse is a fascinating piece of Victoria’s history. The museum and lighthouse are open to the public every day for tours. Nearby walking tracks in the Mornington Peninsula National Park lead to lookouts with spectacular views of the coast.
McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery www.mcclellandgallery.com
McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery provides a wonderful adventure featuring over 100 sculptures on 16 hectares of native bushland and landscaped gardens, art gallery, licenced café and gift shop.
Main Street Mornington – Shopping
Imagine this. A whole kilometre of cosmopolitan boutique shopping, with more than 370 retail outlets to explore. The pavements are broad and tree-shaded, with inviting courtyards, verandahs and kerbside seating for an espresso or glass of fine regional wine. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and there’s not a highrise building in sight. And right at the end of the street is the sparkling sea.
Head to the beach
Roll out your towel on the golden shores of Port Phillip Bay. The long, wide bay beaches at Frankston are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and yachting. Small bays are dotted between Mount Eliza and Mornington, while a series of safe, sandy bay beaches can be found around Mount Martha. Colourful bathing boxes huddle along the foreshore between Mount Martha, Dromana, Rosebud and Portsea, and have become an attraction in their own right. At the back beaches – on the open waters of the Bass Strait – you can tackle the swells generated by the strong westerly winds known as the Roaring Forties. Hit the surf at ocean beaches such as Point Leo, Flinders, Portsea and Sorrento, or if you’re just starting out, book a lesson with Salty Surf School.
Food, Wine and Nightlife
Sip local wine and craft beer
The Mornington Peninsula is home to more than 50 cellar doors. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the region’s specialties, however shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio are beginning to share the spotlight. Ten Minutes by Tractor is an estate of three vineyards – separated by a 10 minute tractor ride – each with unique qualities and character expressed in its variety of wines. Sample a selection of their acclaimed wines at the intimate cellar door. You can order a carefully designed wine flight – five wines based around a theme – from small-batch winemaker Crittenden Wine Centre, or blend your own bubbly at Foxeys Hangout. Some of Australia’s premier craft breweries can also be found here, such as Red Hill Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery and True South and St Andrews Beach Brewery.
Main Ridge Dairy www.mainridgedairy.com.au
Main Ridge Dairy is a Farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy, offering a true paddock to plate experience. Milking the herd twice daily, they pride themselves in producing milk of the highest quality that is then handmade into a range of award winning cheeses right there on the farm.
Green Olive www.greenolive.com.au
Green Olive at Red Hill is a whole farm experience. They grow olives, grapes, herbs and veggies, raise sheep and cooks as well as use fresh produce from local farmers to create a range of tapas and wine you will love.
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Port Phillip Estate www.portphillipestate.com.au
Port Phillip Estate located on the Mornington Peninsula is an architectural landmark and one of the most exciting food and wine destinations in Australia. The landmark building designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, unfurls across the ridge. Inside, beyond the monumental limestone rammed earth exterior walls of the building, the light-filled Dining Room and Cellar Door open to an expansive outdoor timber deck taking advantage of the sweeping views.
Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail