Mornington Peninsula

Travel Guide
Portsea showing boating, sailing and general coastal views

Visit the beaches of Port Philip Bay, hike through fragrant eucalyptus forests and try fresh local seafood and wines in this stunning region with waterfront restaurants and cafés and lavish cliff-top mansions.

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.

Where to stay in Mornington Peninsula

Brooklands of Mornington
Brooklands of Mornington
3.5 out of 5
99 Tanti Avenue, Mornington, VIC
The price is AU$161 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Located in Mornington, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Mornington Country Golf Course and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Mornington Racecourse. Barmah Park Wines and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (389 reviews)
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Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2021

Brooklands of Mornington
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
Peppers Moonah Links Resort
4 out of 5
55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal, VIC
The price is AU$255 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Located in Fingal, this golf hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Pennisula Hot Springs, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Rye Beach and Sorrento Front Beach. Portsea Pier ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Not being in the main Building was not I expected , The room was excellent & roomy & clean especially with Covid-19"

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Peppers Moonah Links Resort
The Rye Hotel - One Four Nelson
The Rye Hotel - One Four Nelson
3.5 out of 5
14 Nelson St, Rye, VIC
The price is AU$194 per night from 28 Oct. to 28 Oct.
Located in Rye, this beachfront motel is in the city centre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Rye Beach and The Dunes Golf Links. Blairgowrie Beach and Pennisula Hot ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (385 reviews)
"The hotel is next to the Pokies and TAB so we had a good time in both!"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

The Rye Hotel - One Four Nelson
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Glamping at Iluka Retreat - Private Deck Included
Glamping at Iluka Retreat - Private Deck Included
20 Shoreham Rd, Shoreham, VIC
The price is AU$324 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Situated on a lake, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens and Flinders - Somers Coastal Reserve. Bald Hills Bushland ...
Glamping at Iluka Retreat - Private Deck Included
Polperro Villas
Polperro Villas
4.5 out of 5
150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South, VIC
The price is AU$405 per night from 26 Oct. to 26 Oct.
Situated in a rural location, this luxury villa is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Port Phillip Estate and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Paringa Estate. Paradigm Hill and Ten Minutes ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (26 reviews)
"Very pleasant setting in a spacious well equipped apartment. Ideal for a couple to explore the area"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2021

Polperro Villas
Tecnevin of Shoreham, Mornington Peninsula
Tecnevin of Shoreham, Mornington Peninsula
4090 Frankston-Flinders Road, Shoreham, VIC
This family-friendly Shoreham holiday home is located by the sea, within 2 mi (3 km) of Flinders - Somers Coastal Reserve and Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (10 reviews)
Good not great
"We had a lovely time at the house with lots to do over the few days in the Peninsula. The house was comfortable but freezing when we arrived. Heating was ok. Some of the portable heaters had a smell as if they had not been used in a while. Not pleasant in a bedroom so we had to turn them off. Otherwise ..."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2021

Tecnevin of Shoreham, Mornington Peninsula
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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