Just an hour southeast of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula accommodation beckons visitors with access to the chic galleries and epicurean delights tucked away in pretty seaside villages and scenic bays. This serene and beautiful area has a host of natural and man-made attractions to enjoy. Mornington Peninsula is dotted with small towns, boutique wineries, sheltered beaches and unspoilt national and state parks perfect for exploring.
The Mornington Peninsula is part of the larger Mornington Peninsula and Western Port Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO listed site of unique natural significance. The Mornington Peninsula National Park preserves this wild and beautiful area along with geological formations, sculpted sand dunes and rock pools creating mini marine aquariums for you to enjoy. Away from the coast, the area is relatively rural with farmland and a remnant of native bush preserved for walking and wildlife at Greens Bush.
Gorgeous bays and sandy beaches are made for relaxing walks, cycling, horse riding, watersports, boating, fishing and surfing. Local landmarks include Cape Schanck Lighthouse, historic homesteads, historic limestone churches and tiny local museums.
There are plenty of well-located holiday homes dotted around the Mornington Peninsula within easy reach of sand and surf at Sorrento Ocean Beach, Diamond Bay and Portsea Surf Beach. The peninsula provides a breathtaking playground for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers with many villas and private beach houses available as holiday rentals for families, couples and larger groups. It’s a place to escape from modern-day stress and surround yourself with unspoilt scenery, lapping waves, mouth-watering food and the sound of birds and local wildlife.
Holiday rentals at Mount Eliza are a great choice for a relaxing break in this tranquil region. This quaint village has local supermarkets and restaurants to complement days spent enjoying the beach or exploring the national park within easy reach from Mornington Peninsula accommodation.
Sorrento’s clear blue waters and imposing limestone buildings create a haven of man-made and natural beauty. This timeless seaside town blends galleries, boutiques, bakeries and restaurants with art festivals and historic museums.
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula features over 50 wineries with cellar doors scattered throughout the stunning region, making it a hot spot for wine lovers and novices alike.
Visitors can get suited and booted for an evening of exquisite Chef’s Hat fine dining or relax in a more laid-back setting of woodfired pizzas, with no compromise on the superb quality of the tastings on offer. Indulge amongst the vines, rolling green hills or ocean views with a glass or two of red, white, or sparkling wine, handcrafted beer or apple cider paired with local delicacies. Wine tours and tastings available.
Peninsula Hot Springs is home to award-winning luxurious natural hot springs and a day spa centre, which provide a picturesque setting for an ultimate coastal oasis. Heavenly natural thermal mineral waters flow into over 20 individual pools, each providing their own unique bathing experience with varying temperatures, sizes and themes — each one designed with relaxation in mind. The pools fill up pretty quickly with visitors keen to relax, so it’s best to book ahead and get there early.
Mornington Peninsula holiday accommodation is particularly appreciated by those looking for outdoor pursuits as part of a relaxing holiday near Melbourne. Walkers can enjoy the 30km Coast Walk taking in the breathtaking scenery between Cape Schanck and London Bridge. Greens Bush is an excellent place for nature walks with plenty of wading birds, ducks, swans and native wildlife. Horse-riding through the Mornington Peninsula National Park is another way to feel the wind in your hair face and the sun on your back as part of your relaxing holiday in this idyllic area.
Arthurs Seat State Park is a major attraction for visitors staying on the Mornington Peninsula. Climb the 314m incline to the top for sweeping vistas across this breathtaking region including the Melbourne City skyline. Several trails criss-cross the park which is popular for hiking and cycling.
The newly opened Eagle Skylift provides stunning views of this coastal area as it transports visitors in enclosed pods high above the state forest. The 14-minute journey ends at the Eagle Café on the summit of Arthurs Seat, providing the perfect start for downhill walks.
Other man-made attractions to visit in the Mornington Peninsula include Seawinds Gardens, the Naval Museum at Cerebus, a maze and Charlie’s Arthurs Seat Auto Museum. Stroll the Sorrento Portsea Artists Trail or explore the historic Beleura House at Mornington. This former home of composer John Tallis is known for its beautiful gardens and antique furnishings. There’s even something for budding chefs with cookery classes at the Green Olive restaurant in Red Hill.
Visitors staying in Sorrento holiday homes on the Mornington Peninsula have the beach on their doorstep for sea kayaking, fishing from the pier, dolphin spotting and scuba diving tours. History lovers will delight in the Nepean Historical Museum (a former Quarantine Station) and Pioneer Cottage and the Collins Settlement Site.