The Mornington Peninsula is a scenic headland just an hour’s drive southeast of Melbourne. The region is widely known for its sheltered beaches, great surf and fine local produce, such as olives, strawberries and cheese. Visit coastal towns and charming country estates to try regional wines and fresh seafood. Browse antique stores and galleries, wander around historic gardens, learn to scuba dive, go fishing or sea kayaking. For a day of pure relaxation visit the Peninsula Hot Springs or book a treatment at a spa.

The town of Mornington has a busy main street and a scenic pier for fishing and watching the ferries cruise in to Melbourne. Continue south to Dromana to see the cheerful colours of painted beach boxes and the distinctive landmark mountain, Arthur’s Seat. Enjoy family-friendly camping in the town of Rosebud. Sorrento, to the east, features a tranquil bay on its Port Phillip side and a roaring ocean beach opening out to Bass Strait. Find Portsea on the very tip of the peninsula, where upscale beach houses and the historic Portsea Pub look out over surf breaks.

Try fresh seafood at the waterfront or visit a pub for local fare in a laid-back atmosphere. The fertile countryside of Red Hill features several wineries. Many of the coastal and inland villages have weekly farmer’s markets selling souvenirs and organic produce.

Explore Mornington Peninsula National Park to discover scenic trails through native forests to breathtaking beaches. Visit Point Nepean to see a former fort. Cape Schanck features a lighthouse, museum and a wonderful walk to the pebbly beaches and rugged cliffs of Bushrangers Bay. See native animals at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.

The peninsula’s largest city, Frankston, is 55.7 kilometres (34.6 miles) southeast of Melbourne, Victoria’s capital city. Explore Frankston and the peninsula with public transport or your own vehicle. Ferries operate across the mouth of Port Phillip Bay. Enjoy this beautiful coastal region in the summertime or watch the winter ocean mists on Bass Strait from a cosy beach house.

Known for

Wineries, Hot Springs and Golf

Top hotels in Mornington Peninsula

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Peppers Moonah Links Resort
4 out of 5
55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, VIC
AU$188
per night
25 Sep. - 26 Sep.
4.4/5Wonderful! (1,434 reviews)

"Beautifull bushland setting. Excellent dining room. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2019

Peppers Moonah Links Resort
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RACV Cape Schanck Resort
5 out of 5
Trent Jones Drive, Cape Schanck, VIC
AU$138
per night
1 Oct. - 2 Oct.
4.6/5Exceptional! (498 reviews)

"The property itself was decent. However more work has to be done with their takeaway menu. We ordered a lasagna and pizza. The lasagna wasn’t fresh ( tasted like it has been heated a few times, too much cottage cheese and there were hardly any meat! ) And the pizza wasn’t that great ( tomatoes on ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2019

RACV Cape Schanck Resort
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Brooklands of Mornington
3.5 out of 5
99 Tanti Avenue, Mornington, VIC
AU$145
per night
24 Sep. - 25 Sep.
4.3/5Excellent! (198 reviews)

"No hot meal options for breakfast. Breakfast times could be extended. 10am check out time is too early whilst check in is at 2pm."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep. 2019

Brooklands of Mornington

Popular activities in Mornington Peninsula

Sorrento Front Beach
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Sorrento Front Beach

4.5/5 (142 Ratings)

Swim in the sheltered bay and explore the foreshore at this pretty beach. Embark on a new adventure to the Bellarine Peninsula via the Queenscliff-Sorrento Ferry.

Portsea Pier
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Portsea Pier

4.5/5 (78 Ratings)

Jutting out from a sheltered bay, this pier is an idyllic spot to cast a fishing line, take in bayside views and explore the underwater world with a snorkel.

Top activities in Mornington Peninsula

3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise
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3 hour Dolphin & Seal Snorkel Cruise

AU$165

On this splendid half-day snorkeling tour, explore the Mornington Peninsula aboard the spacious Moonraker. After taking in the pristine coastline, don your gear and dive into the underwater world to come face-to-face with curious fur seals and frolicking Bottlenose Bolphins.

Mornington Peninsula Coastal Wine, Cheese and Cider Tour
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Mornington Peninsula Coastal Wine, Cheese and Cider Tour

AU$135

Escape to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula on this coastal wine day tour. Visit boutique cellar doors, sample the region’s best wine, cheese and chocolate. Your tour begins with a hotel pickup and a scenic drive down to the Mornington Peninsula—one of Melbourne’s favorite holiday destinations.

Mornington Peninsula small group day tour
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Mornington Peninsula small group day tour

AU$155

Discover Victoria's stunning natural treasures on this day trip to the charming Mornington Peninsula. Start your tour with a hotel pickup and leave Melbourne behind as you travel to the tip of the Peninsula to visit the seaside town of Portsea.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park
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Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

AU$24

Melbourne's award-winning wildlife park invites you to come and visit and get an up-close look at Australia’s amazing animals. Explore our bush-land while feeding kangaroos and wallabies, petting friendly koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes and many other animals including endangered species.

Mornington Peninsula Kayaking Tour to Dolphin Sanctuary
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Mornington Peninsula Kayaking Tour to Dolphin Sanctuary

AU$99

Glide along the Mornington Peninsula's Point Nepean National Park into the Dolphin Sanctuary on this guided sea kayak tour. Be on the lookout for penguins, seals, and dolphins as they play around the boats.

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip
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Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs Day Trip

AU$209

Enjoy a morning at Peninsula Hot Springs, an award-winning thermal spa with mineral-rich pools fed by an aquifer 2,100 feet (637 m) below ground.