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The Mornington Peninsula is the premium Victorian destination for a spectacular array of activities and relaxation with a wealth of world class golf courses, outdoor activities, beaches, award-winning wineries, day spas and hot springs, gourmet produce, shopping and sightseeing…it’s difficult to beat!
Surrounded by natural beauty, hilly, grape growing regions, ocean and aquamarine bay beaches rich with colourful fish life and water activities, the majestic make-up of the Peninsula always leaves the visitor soaking up new treasures and bathing in serenity. Stay for a weekend, a week or a month…there’s are so many hidden treasures to discover.
You could try some great outdoor activities such as horse riding, paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, surfing and more! For something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Nearly all activities can be enjoyed all year round – the Mornington Peninsula is a four season destination with distinct and beautiful seasons to be remembered.
The tranquil farming surrounds and lush vegetation of Red Hill, Shoreham, Flinders and Merricks North showcase the regions finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Meet the winemaker, enjoy a cellar door experience, a family lunch or intimate dinner, a lasting impression is sure to be left, with over 60 vineyards to choose from, many of which have award-winning restaurants with breath taking vistas.
Enjoy the larger boutique shopping village precincts of Mornington and Sorrento or browse the quaint home ware and lifestyle shops dotted around the Peninsula. Some we recommend are Red Hill, Flinders, McCrae, Blairgowrie, Mount Martha and Mount Eliza where locals share their taste of the Peninsula, relaxing over good coffee and great village and beach atmosphere.
Gold clubs abound, there is the want to return time and time again. Flinders, Boneo, Rosebud and Rye host The National, Cape Schanck, Moonah Links, Eagle Ridge, The Golf Club at St Andrews Beach, Rosebud Country Club and The Dunes. All are in superb, breath taking locations with the ocean or lush vegetation as backdrops. For more local courses to your holiday home in the northern region, try Mt Martha Golf Club or at the Southern tip, Sorrento and Portsea Golf Clubs.
Coastal sightseeing is a must with walking tracks and bike paths extending throughout the region along the front and back beaches, through National Peninsula Parkland.
Children will enjoy a visit to the Peninsula Hot Springs, horse riding at Gunnamatta, strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, a visit to Green Olive at Red Hill to take part in cooking classes (and enjoy a jump on the large in-ground trampoline), Main Ridge Dairy which is a working cheese factory and goat diary, with a fabulous paddock to plate experience. If you are in this region and have a sweet tooth don’t go past a visit to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. The Enchanted Maze and Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens also offers a fun-filled experience for children.
The Mornington Peninsula bayside has been likened to the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Certainly European influence is everywhere since Sorrento became the first site of settlement in Victoria, and since has been the playground of the holidaying rich and famous. Cliff top mansions are abound, and if you never want to leave, we can assist with a deluxe holiday house so you too feel at home…The Team at Holiday Shacks looks forward to welcoming you back.