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Things to Do

 

LOCAL TRANSPORT

 

We suggest if you require local transport that you pre-arrange one of the several services offered in the hinterland area. Unfortunately taxi service is virtually nonexistent – even if pre booked they cannot be relied upon to get you to your reservation on time and it is more than likely that you will wait over an hour for them to pick you up. Below is a list of recommended services that can be relied upon.

Your Shuttle | 1300 798 488

Designated Drivers | 0407 934 422

Ridge Rider | 0447 037 646

Amour of the Grape | 0414 704 801

Neptours (Large Groups) | 03 5981 1277

 

 

5 FAVOURITE CELLAR DOORS | OPEN DAILY
KOOYONG & PORT PHILLIP ESTATE
 

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South | 03 5989 4444

The cellar door building is impressive to say the least.

ELDRIDGE ESTATE

 

120 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 2644

David Lloyd is known as the “Clone Ranger” because of his interest in Pinot Noir clones.

POLPERRO WINERY

 

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 2471

This intimate cellar door offers some very  elegant wines.

 

PARINGA ESTATE

 

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South | 03 5989 2669

In addition to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir this established winery makes some of the best cool climate Shiraz wines.

YABBY LAKE

 

112 Tuerong Road, Tuerong | 03 5974 3729

Great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from winemaker Tom Carson.

 
5 FAVOURITE CELLAR DOORS | LIMITED OPENING
OCEAN EIGHT

 

271 Tucks Road, Shoreham | 03 5989 6471

Thurs - Sun

The Aylward family were the founders of Kooyong Wines, starting here in 2004 after selling to Port Phillip.

PARADIGM HILL

 

26 Merricks Road, Merricks | 03 5989 9000

Open Sat-Sun

Our friends George & Ruth Mihaly – Ruth runs the vineyards, George the winery

HURLEY VINEYARD

 

101 Balnarring Road, Balnarring | 03 5931 3000

First full weekend of the month

Hurley Vineyard wraps north to east around the crest of a little volcanic hill in three climats: Lodestone, Hommage and Garamond

 

SCORPO WINES

 

23 Old Bittern Dromana Road, Merricks North | 03 5989 7697

By appointment only

From horticulturist and landscape architect Paul Scorpo.

STAINDL WINES

 

63 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South | 0419 553 299

By appointment only

Biodynamic and dry grown old vines

 
 
5 FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT | MORE CASUAL
MANY LITTLE
 
 

2-5/159 Shoreham Rd, Red Hill South | 03 5989 2831

Dinner: Thurs - Sun
Lunch: Fri - Sun

Many Little offers a Modern Asian – Sri Lankan inspired cuisine.

MERRICKS CREEK VINEYARD
 
 

44 Merricks Rd, Merricks | 03 5989 8868

Sat-Sun & Public Holidays 12-5pm

Menu focuses on seasonally changing share plates that complement their wines.

LIGHTHOUSE CAFÉ

 

681 Nepean Road, McCrae | 03 5982 1130

Wed-Mon dinner

Thai Restaurant, BYO

 

MONTALTO

 

33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 8412

Daily lunch, Fri-Sat dinner

A long standing Peninsula favorite

Its popularity with the locals is its best endorsement.

YABBY LAKE

 

86 - 112 Tuerong Road, Tuerong | 03 5974 3729

Daily lunch

From a background of France Soir and Salix Restaurant.

 
 
5 FAVOURITE PLACES TO EAT | MORE FORMAL
TEDESCA OSTERIA

 

3649 Frankston Flinders Road, Merricks | 03 5989 9011

Lunch and dinner Thursday to Saturday. Lunch only Sunday

Tedesca Osteria is a more rustic dining experience based on Mornington Peninsula produce with a kitchen built around a wood fired oven & grill.

PORT PHILLIP ESTATE

 

263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 4444

Wed-Sun lunch, Fri-Sat dinner

Panoramic views across the vines to Westernport Bay.

DOOT DOOT DOOT
 
 

166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North | 03 5931 2500

Dinner daily. 

Five course tasting menu drawing on seasonal offerings from the hotel’s kitchen garden and select Mornington Peninsula producers.

 

PARINGA ESTATE RESTAURANT
 
 

44 Paringa Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 2669

Wed-Sun lunch, Fri-Sat dinner

An exciting and imaginative menu of colourfully presented, modern Australian cuisine.

POLPERRO

 

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South | 03 5989 2471

Wed-Sun lunch

Fresh, textural & seasonal flavours with an emphasis on where the food comes from and how it is grown.

 

 

5 FAVOURITE BEACHES | SURF
POINT LEO

 

(hazard rating 4/10)

Very popular surf beach with swells rolling in from Bass Strait; picnic and barbecue facilities

GUNNAMATTA

 

(hazard rating 8/10)

High energy, hazardous beach best suited for experienced surfers. One of the most rugged in Australia.

SORRENTO BACK BEACH

 

(hazard rating 6/10)

Part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park this popular surf beach has picnic and barbecue areas.

 

PORTSEA BACK (OCEAN) BEACH

 

(hazard rating 8/10)

A popular summer beach, however beware of the rips, rocks and reefs.

RYE OCEAN BEACH

 

(hazard rating 8/10)

The rips at this surf beach can make it unsafe for swimming

 
 
5 FAVOURITE BEACHES | FAMILY
FLINDERS

 

(hazard rating 5/10)

A protected sandy bay beach with picnic and barbecue facilities.

SAFETY BEACH

 

(hazard rating 5/10)

Calm, sandy bay swimming beach.

SHOREHAM

 

(hazard rating 3/10)

Very accessible, attractive, low energy beach. Rocky platforms and reefs popular for family exploration.

 

 

MCCRAE / ROSEBUD

 

(hazard rating 1/10)

Two very accessible, attractive, low energy beaches.

SORRENTO FRONT (BAY) BEACH
 

(hazard rating 1/10)

The Park Beach is backed by Sorrento Park, which has picnic facilities and a boat launching ramp.

 
 

 

5 FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES

 

PENINSULA HOT SPRINGS
 


140 Springs Lane, Fingal | 03 5950 8777

Open daily

Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths. Book in early as the Hot Springs are very popular.

ASHCOMBE MAZE



15 Shoreham Road, Shoreham | 03 5989 8387

Open daily

Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze as well as home to the world’s first circular rose maze.

ARTHURS SEAT EAGLE GONDOLA



795 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat or 1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana | 03 5987 0600

Open daily

The new Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola ride gives visitors the chance to take in the Mornington Peninsula from a bird’s eye view.

 

BUSHRANGERS BAY WALK



Car park on Boneo Road just to the west of Meakins Road

A picnic lunch and a 1½-2 hour round trip (5km) take you down to an absolutely stunning beach.

CAPE SCHANCK LIGHTHOUSE



420 Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck | 03 5988 6184

Open Daily for tours

Historic lighthouse, one of the few still operating as it did during the early 1800s.

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE GOLF COURSES

 

MOONAH LINKS

 

55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal | 03 5988 2088

Two world class courses – the Open Course and the Legends Course (No 13 of Golf Digest’s 2010 Top 100).

FLINDERS

 

Bass Street, Flinders | 03 5985 0312

The oldest and most scenic of all the courses in the region, atop the cliff tops overlooking Bass Strait.

RACV CAPE SCHANCK RESORT


Boneo Road, Cape Schanck | 03 5950 8100

Spectacular – huge greens, large open bunkers, wide tree lined fairways and sweeping ocean views.

 

THE DUNES

 

Browns Road, Rye | 03 5985 1334

Ranked No 14 of Golf Digest’s 2010 Top 100.

ST ANDREWS BEACH

 

209 Sandy Road, St Andrews Beach | 03 5988 6000

Just behind the thundering surf of Gunnamatta Beach.

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE GOURMET PROVIDORES

 

SUNNY RIDGE STRAWBERRY FARM


244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge | 03 5989 4500

May – October, open Fri – Sun: 11-4pm
November – April, open 7 days a week: 9-5pm

Set amongst scenic bushland and rolling hills in Main Ridge, you have the opportunity to explore the harvest fields and pick your own strawberries or simply enjoy a delicious dessert in their cafe.

MAIN RIDGE DAIRY

 

289 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge | 03 5989 6622

Fri-Mon: 10-4.30pm

A farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy that offer cheese tastings, tours and cheese making workshops.

MOSSY WILLOW

 

547 Main Creek Road, Main Ridge | 03 5989 6570

Mossy Willow believe in creating the world we want to live in: a world of passion, purpose, beautiful healthy food, warmth, welcoming and hospitality.

 

JETTY RD BREWERY

 

12-14 Brasser Ave, Dromana VIC 3936 | (03) 5987 2754

Wed-Sun

Catch up in their newly refreshed outdoor beer garden with a thirst quenching pale ale.

RED HILL MARKET

 

Arthur’s Seat Road, Red Hill

First Sat of the month, Sep-May

The ‘grand dame’ of Victoria’s craft markets, it began on the Red Hill Recreation Reserve in 1975.

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5 FAVOURITE GALLERIES

 

HUGH GALLERY

 

45 Cook St, Flinders | 03 5989 0981

“most weekends, everyday over summer” Specializes in collographs, embossings and etchings plus paintings created during trips to Queensland.

GORDON STUDIO GLASSBLOWERS


290 Red Hill Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 7073

Open daily 10-5

Glass gallery and you can observe resident glass artists working with molten hot glass.

MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY


Dunns Road, Mornington | 03 5975 4395

Tue-Sun

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is the major cultural facility of Mornington Peninsula Shire.

 

COOK STREET COLLECTIVE

 

41 Cook Street, Flinders | 03 5989 1022

Open daily 10-4

A cooperative of artists and craftsmen – painting, sculpture, furniture, photography, jewellery.

MANYUNG GALLERY

 

3301 Point Nepean Road, Sorrento | 03 5984 3880

The Mornington Peninsula’s major classic and contemporary fine art gallery (also in Flinders).

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY | B&B

 

THE ORCHARD B&B

 

45 Thomas Road, Red Hill | 0417 544 113

Tree suites designed to provide privacy and luxury, glorious views, large bathroom with a spacious spa

STONY CREEK COTTAGES


1193 Mornington Flinders Road, Red Hill | 03 5989 2748

2 B&B self contained cottages in the rural hinterland region. Open fire and spa bath.

GEORGE’S BOUTIQUE B&B & CULINARY RETREAT


776 Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat | 03 5981 8700

Rated by Good Weekends Away as one of the best 100 retreats in Australia for short holidays

 

ARTHUR’S SUPERB VIEWS

 

10 Nestle Court, Arthurs Seat | 03 5981 8400

Luxury retreat ideal for couples, romantic hideaway with great views of Port Phillip Bay.

TUSSIE MUSSIE

 

206 Bittern-Dromana Rd, Merricks North | 0437 403 778

Tussie Mussie Vineyard + Retreat is a private home providing boutique rental accommodation on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY | HOTELS & MOTELS

 

PEPPERS MOONAH LINKS

 

55 Peter Thomson Drive, Fingal | 03 5988 2000

A unique leisure resort combining two 18 hole golf courses, an endota spa and luxury accommodation.

RACV CAPE SHANCK RESORT
 

 

Trent Jones Drive (via Boneo Road), Cape Schanck | 03 5950 8000

Contemporary resort on one of the most striking coastal golf courses in Australia

JACKALOPE

 

166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North | 03 5931 2500 

Striking, state of the art 40 room designer hotel in Merricks North.

 

FLINDERS HOTEL

 

Cook Street, Flinders | 03 5989 0201

Quarters offers quality and comfort; an ideal centre point for touring the peninsula

GRACEBURN HOUSE

 

1175 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Red Hill | 0403 040 177

Graceburn has been restored into a welcoming country retreat full of warmth, art and potential to share great times with your friends.

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE PLACES TO STAY | AIRBNB

 

NORD HOUSE

 

Baynes Road, Red Hill Victoria | 0418 108 314

In the epicentre of Red Hill’s best attractions, Nord House is an oasis of contemporary Scandinavian design. It’s the perfect retreat or weekend away for up to 6 people.

ORCHARD KEEPERS

 

17 Paringa Road Red Hill 3937 | 0418 108 314

Originally 3 separate cottages dating back to the 1890’s & 1950’s, has now been restored and transformed into a beautiful four bedroom home & separate Workers Cottage providing country chic holiday accommodation for 10 people on 10 acres in the heart of Red Hill.

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ELM FARMHOUSE @ RED HILL

 

Red Hill | Contact via Airbnb

The Elm farmhouse is a rustic retreat in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland. With views of the neighbouring vineyard and Port Phillip Bay, this 1938 built home will have you relaxed and rejuvenated in no time at all. Accommodates 4 people.

 

LAKE HOUSE FARM

 

Old Main Creek Rd, Main Ridge

Lakehouse Farm is a secluded rural property of 25 hectares (63 acres) situated at Main Ridge (between Red Hill & Flinders) on the iconic Mornington Peninsula, seventy minutes drive from Melbourne.

MAIN RIDGE BARN

 

Main Ridge | Contact via Airbnb

Main Ridge Barn is a stunning 4 Bedroom, 2.5 Bathroom property with views over strawberry fields and a short walk to nearby wineries.

 

 

 

5 FAVOURITE WINE TOUR COMPANIES

 

AMOUR OF THE GRAPE

 

Paul | 0414 704 801

MORNINGTON PENINSULA DESIGNATED DRIVERS

 

Alicia Cass | 0407 934 422

ELEVATE WINE TOURS

 

Ric Warren | 0402 005 002

 

RIDGE RIDER HOP ON/HOP OFF

 

Peter Schofield | 0447 037 646

MANNA GUM TOURS

 

Peter Wade | 0499 014 286