15 Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

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15 Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
15 Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

Plan your romantic getaways day trips from Melbourne or any exciting trip with our list which will show you the best things to do in Mornington Peninsula.

A 90-minute drive from Melbourne, and 190 kilometres of coastline, Mornington Peninsula is stunning in any season. Often people ask me what are the things to do in Mornington Peninsula apart from hot spring pool and incredible beaches. I am sure after reading my blog on Mornington Peninsula, you will certainly fall in love with this enchanting place.

Beach in Mornington Peninsula
Beach in Mornington Peninsula

Make a splash on your trip to the Mornington as it offers rugged coastal vistas, incredible beaches and water worn beach caves, natural hot springs, beautiful wineries, fragrant lavender farm, beautiful landscapes, family-friendly parks, dog friendly campsites, charming seaside villages and many more diverse array of attractions and fun activities which means there’s plenty to fill up your days.

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Scenic views from Arthurs Seat Eagle

Things to do in Mornington Peninsula - Arthurs Seat Eagle
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula – Arthurs Seat Eagle

A great way to get scenic views of the around the coast and remarkable Mornington Peninsula in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle.

Gliding quietly through the sky, sweeping panoramas of bushland, framed by eucalyptus trees you will reach the summit station at the peninsula’s highest point.

The café at the summit offers astonishing views from nearly every table and best place to take fresh air, relax and enjoy a great quality of time. For more fun and adventure take one of the short walks from the top lookouts for more divine views.

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Relax and unwind yourself in Peninsula Hot Springs

Things to do in Mornington Peninsula - Peninsula Hot Springs
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula – Peninsula Hot Springs

One of the best things to do in the Mornington Peninsula for a totally relaxing travel break, is to visit Victoria’s only natural hot springs. Natural geothermal mineral waters stream into the pools set within a plantation of tea trees, providing a peaceful scenery for rejuvenation and relaxation.

Choose from a variety of blissful bathing retreats, signature spa treatment and amazing dining packages as well as private geothermal bathing.

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Popular Sorrento

Sorrento- free things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Sorrento- free things to do in Mornington Peninsula

Situated on a thin strip of the Mornington Peninsula, nestled between Portsea and Blairgowrie, Sorrento is a popular tourist destination in Victoria.

In 1803, Sorrento was established by Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins as Victoria’s first official European Settlement.

You can take a historic walk in Sorrento and discover an old tram line, an exciting museum, and a variety of other historical buildings. Sorrento Historic Park features walking tracks, colourful garden beds, European trees, extensive lawns, a rotunda, BBQ facilities, and a children’s playground.

Sorrento’s incredible beach is popular for diving, fishing, surfing, and exploring rockpools. Numerous lookouts provide astonishing views across the beach and bay.

Finest dining restaurants, sophisticated bistro, amazing cafes, world-class spas, high-end fashion shops and many more to enjoy a great time in Sorrento.

Natural scenery and historic features in Mornington Peninsula National Park

Mornington Peninsula National Park - Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Peninsula National Park – Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

Bushland and a thin strip of shore offer a magnificent blend of natural scenery and mesmerizing historic features. Mornington Peninsula National Park is famous for picnics, hiking, swimming, and nature study, as well as surfing at ocean beaches like Sorrento.

Aboriginal livings in parks and reserves have maintained their cultural traditions and their connection to their ancestral waters and lands.

Spot native wildlife and see a diversity of birdlife including honeyeaters, wedge-tailed eagles, parrots, as well as wallabies and kangaroos grazing in the grasslands.

Eco-tourism accredited wildlife park – Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Mornington Peninsula
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park best Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

An award winning and eco-tourism accredited wildlife park, Moonlit Sanctuary is around 1 hour from Melbourne CBD invites you to come, explore and get an up-close look at Australia’s astonishing animals.

Explore their bushland while feeding wallabies and kangaroos, hold an owl or python, cuddle up to a koala, stroke a wombat, play with the dingoes, or experience an exclusive private tour and unique night wildlife safari.

Flinders Monument and Pleasant lookout

Things to do in Mornington Peninsula - Flinders Monument
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula – Flinders Monument

Flinders monument was officially unveiled on 11th October 1952. The unveiling ceremony was supposed to take place on the 150th anniversary of Matthew Flinders on 28th April 1952 but it was postponed due to lack of labour and war.

Giant fish fin shaped, the stone memorial is located at Snapper Point, which stands above the charming Mornington harbour. Pleasant lookout at almost at the tip and near the Mornington Pier, the view is spectacular and panoramic overlooking the sea and land. There are no safety railings so you need to be extra careful and it is recommended to supervise kids all time when you visit the monument.

The Enchanted Maze Garden

The Enchanted Maze Garden - Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
The Enchanted Maze Garden – Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

The Enchanted Maze Garden is a natural attraction located in the striking hinterland of Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula and from start, Garden has grown into a wonderland of family adventure with adventure activities and mazes designed to enliven the senses, more entertaining and challenging for the mind.

Adventure Garden is full of fun and hosts exciting activities for all ages, adventure for adults and kids alike are Tube Slides ,Tree Surfing Courses, and bushland obstacles offer thrills.

It is a place where you can enjoy yourself along with your family in the colourful seasonal gardens. Get tangled in a maze, a canopy walk through the trees, or enjoy by setting up a picnic or try all other different and unique activities.

It takes around 3 hours to explore Enchanted Maze Garden and also for unique and special gifts please visit the gift shop before you leave.

Mornington Railway Heritage Train

Mornington Railway Heritage Train in Mornington Peninsula
Mornington Railway Heritage Train in Mornington Peninsula

A heritage railway in the Mornington Peninsula, runs return services in the Mornington Peninsula between Moorooduc and Mornington. The Railway operates both Steam and Diesel runs usually every Sundays of each month.

You must book online and there are plenty of options available with Mornington Railway Heritage Train. You can choose travelling alone or with family, up to 2 hours on the train for children’s birthday parties, large compartments for groups up to 50 passengers, Platinum steam driver experience and many more.

You can also enjoy places nearby such as beautiful Mt Eliza Regional Park where kids can have fun and adults can enjoy picnic near lake, The Briars homestead and wildlife sanctuary steeped in local history, flora and fauna, buy horror costumes from the Little Shop of Horrors, or just sit and enjoy freshly produced gourmet foods.

An exceptional collection in Old Post Office Museum

Old Post Office Museum - Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Old Post Office Museum – Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

Old Mornington Post Office has a small museum, displaying old telephones and telegraph equipment, an exceptional collection of The Peninsula Post newspaper, and textiles and clothing.

Incredible Beaches

Stunning Rye Beach in Mornington Peninsula
Stunning Rye Beach in Mornington Peninsula

There are plenty of long sandy beaches, crystal clear water glistening turquoise blue makes you want to be out by the beach all day long. Mount Martha water is calm, protected from dangerous currents, Rye Beach is a top spot for snorkelling, Sorrento beach is the perfect place for swimming in warm weather and is home to countless rock pools and it makes a great place for exploring the tiny marine life that lives in the area.

Learn about both history and nature at Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park - Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Point Nepean National Park – Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

At magnificent Point Nepean National Park, you may learn about both history and nature.

This rocky landscape which is located at the very end of the Mornington Peninsula used to be a quarantine station before and today during your hiking trails you can still visit some of the remnants of these buildings.

The Park is so big that it’s best to take a hop on and hop off shuttle service which covers the majority of the area. I would strongly advise you to download the self guided audio tour from the visitors centre which will take you to hidden treasures of the park.

Something for everyone in Art Galleries

Art Gallery in Mornington Peninsula
Art Gallery in Mornington Peninsula

Art Galleries in Mornington Peninsula are surrounded by spectacular scenery, galleries are home to many artists. There is something for every taste where you can enjoy a self-guided Peninsula Studio Trail, glassblowers in action in Gordon Studio and contemporary in Portsea Art Gallery.

Stunning Seawinds Gardens and lookouts

Things to do in Mornington Peninsula - Seawinds Gardens
Things to do in Mornington Peninsula – Seawinds Gardens

Stunning Seawinds Gardens and lookouts are just a short walk from Arthurs Seat which feature exotic formal and indigenous gardens, covering 34 hectares and has picnic facilities, walking paths and the best chance to spot native wildlife.

Seawinds Gardens and lookouts
Seawinds Gardens and lookouts

You should definitely visit the Australian Aboriginal faces Sculptures by William Ricketts, they depict the Aboriginal way of life and interpret their connection to the land.

Lose yourself in the Ashcombe Maze

Australias Most Famous Things to do in Mornington Peninsula is Ashcombe Maze
Australias Most Famous Things to do in Mornington Peninsula is Ashcombe Maze

Lose yourself in the Ashcombe Maze which is Australia’s most famous and oldest traditional hedge maze covering thousands of metres of pathways and made up of 1000 cypress trees. This place has no entry fee and is the perfect way to spend a great time in Mornington Peninsula.

Check out also beautiful The Rose Maze and The lavender labyrinth at beautiful and exciting Ashcombe Maze.

Flinders Blowhole and Elephant Rock

Flinders Blowhole and Elephant Rock - Things to do in Mornington Peninsula
Flinders Blowhole and Elephant Rock – Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

The Blowhole is a lookout with splendid sights of the rough rocky coast line and Bass Straight. The Blowhole track will pass through Little Bird Rock which is home to many water birds and at the end, there is Elephant Rock which leads down to a series of rock pools.

Beware of large sea swells while tracking this route as it’s highly slippery.

Summary of 15 Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

  • Arthurs Seat Eagle (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- A great way to get scenic views of the around the coast and remarkable Mornington Peninsula in a gondola at Arthurs Seat Eagle.
  • Peninsula Hot Springs :- One of the best things to do in the Mornington Peninsula for a totally relaxing travel break, is to visit Victoria’s only natural hot springs.
  •  Sorrento (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- You can take a historic walk in Sorrento and discover an old tram line, an exciting museum, and a variety of other historical buildings.
  • Mornington Peninsula National Park :- Bushland and a thin strip of shore offer a magnificent blend of natural scenery and mesmerizing historic features.
  • Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park :- Explore their bushland while feeding wallabies and kangaroos, hold an owl or python, cuddle up to a koala, stroke a wombat, play with the dingoes, or experience an exclusive private tour and unique night wildlife safari.
  • Flinders Monument (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- Giant fish fin shaped, the stone memorial is located at Snapper Point, which stands above the charming Mornington harbour. Pleasant lookout at almost at the tip and near the Mornington Pier, the view is spectacular and panoramic overlooking the sea and land.
  • The Enchanted Maze Garden :- The Enchanted Maze Garden is a natural attraction located in the striking hinterland of Arthurs Seat, Mornington Peninsula and from start, Garden has grown into a wonderland of family adventure with adventure activities and mazes designed to enliven the senses, more entertaining and challenging for the mind.
  • Mornington Railway Heritage Train (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- A heritage railway in the Mornington Peninsula, runs return services in the Mornington Peninsula between Moorooduc and Mornington. The Railway operates both Steam and Diesel runs usually every Sundays of each month.
  • Old Mornington Post Office :- Old Mornington Post Office has a small museum, displaying old telephones and telegraph equipment, an exceptional collection of The Peninsula Post newspaper, and textiles and clothing.
  • Beaches (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- There are plenty of long sandy beaches, crystal clear water glistening turquoise blue makes you want to be out by the beach all day long.
  • Point Nepean National Park :- At magnificent Point Nepean National Park, you may learn about both history and nature.
  • Art Galleries (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- Art Galleries in Mornington Peninsula are surrounded by spectacular scenery, galleries are home to many artists.
  • Seawinds Gardens and lookouts :- Stunning Seawinds Gardens and lookouts are just a short walk from Arthurs Seat which feature exotic formal and indigenous gardens, covering 34 hectares and has picnic facilities, walking paths and the best chance to spot native wildlife.
  • Ashcombe Maze (Things to do in Mornington Peninsula) :- Lose yourself in the Ashcombe Maze which is Australia’s most famous and oldest traditional hedge maze covering thousands of metres of pathways and made up of 1000 cypress trees.
  • Flinders Blowhole and Elephant Rock :- The Blowhole is a lookout with splendid sights of the rough rocky coast line and Bass Straight.

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