Mornington Peninsula is a perfect outing from Melbourne. Not too far away, and with activities and prettiness in abundance. Today we’re listing our top 5 places to go and things to do when heading on down south to the Peninsula.
Portsea Back Beach
If you’re in need of some really great waves and other beachy and water adventures, head on over to Portsea back beach. The drawing power of this beach is the waves. They are good. Like really good. Perfect for boogie boarding and experienced (!) surfers. Make sure you swim at the designated areas where there are lifeguards. Because even though the waves are good, they are treacherous.
Between throwing yourself in the surf lounge on the beach. Pro tip: set up your little beach camp closer to the back, to avoid the afternoon tide to drown all your stuff in the waves. Bring a snack or a picnic and make it a full day thing. Should you forget to bring food, don’t fret, there’s a tiny little shop at the Portsea Surf Life Saving Club, where you can buy something to sustain yourself.
Dromana + Arthur’s Seat
What can we say, we simply love this place. Head on up to Arthur’s Seat, take a walk around Seawinds Garden to take in the view in your own pace. Keep a look out for one big kangaroo with his posse, which we have spotted hanging around the garden on several of our visits. Then head on down into Dromana for a walk along the beach or dip in the ocean, after which you’ll go over to Dee’s Kitchen for lunch. Perfection!
Cape Schanck Lighthouse
On the southern tip (kind off) of Mornington Peninsula, you find Cape Schanck. Well, we’re really here to suggest you head not to the (very) small village, but down a winding road to the lighthouse. Park the car and wander down to the lighthouse. If you’re not in the mood for longer hiking, take the boardwalk near the lighthouse for some stunning coastal views with minimum effort. In for a longer walk? Take the trail to Bushrangers Bay (as pictured above) for an incredibly pretty walk with some stunning coastal views along the road.
Image Credit: Peninsula Hot Springs
Peninsula Hot Springs
Inspired by Japan’s hot springs, a couple of brothers made a 637 meter deep bore hole to create their own natural hot mineral waters springs. This place offers more than beautifully set pools filled with water from the hot spring, they also offer other bathing experiences and spa treatments. It’s the perfect place to head to when you want to wind down or simply indulge in some luxurious feeling relaxation.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Springs Lane, Fingal (Rye), 3939, Mornington Peninsula
03 5950 8777
7 days a week from 7.30am – 10pm. Please see website for opening hours for specific facilities.
The Octopuses Garden
For the more adventure driven person, snorkeling might be up your alley. Have a snorkel tour in the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay. We suggest you bring on your own snorkelling gear and head on to Rye Pier for a 200 metre marine snorkelling trail. Just walk in from the beach, and start looking! Water depth ranges from 0.5 to 3 metres. Don’t forget to bring along your own snorkelling gear.
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