The Weekender: Mornington Peninsula, VIC
Located an hour and half drive from Melbourne is Mornington Peninsula, a little slice of heaven that is now on your radar.
So, what are you waiting for? For all the Melbournians out there, get in your car and start driving, and for everyone else, book those plane tickets. You can thank us later for giving you the best tips to have a weekend to remember.
Winner of the Best Seafood Restaurant in Victoria and Tasmania, The Rocks Mornington is not only an amazing place to eat, but also to admire the view. The waterfront restaurant has an amazing outlook and the food is simply to die for. Mainly serving up seafood, the ocean vibes are strong and the luxury is assured.
Italian food and wine; a match made in heaven. This tapas and wine bar serves Italian food for those who like to taste several deliciously executed dishes to accompany their drinks & conversations. Assaggini is Italian for ‘small tastings’ which is how the Italian tapas style has come about.
We did say a slice of heaven, and if this doesn’t prove it, I don’t know what will. Situated within a heritage listed church built in 1876, Gods Kitchen has a little bit of everything, including tapas, a la carte, gourmet pizza and steak. Cocktails and a wide-ranging wine list also feature, which can be enjoyed in the front garden courtyard, the glassed restaurant atrium or garden bar.
Now recognised as one of the best craft breweries in Australia, Mornington Peninsula Brewery has got it all. Tours, specialty brews on tap, entertainment and takeaway beer. Some of their best include their Mosaic IPA which is a Single hop IPA, the Commonfolk Brown – a coffee brown ale, and their Mornington Mid, which is mid-strength pale.
The Brass Razu is a wine bar in the Morningston Peninsula, a popular place for people of all ages who have an appreciation of good wine. Also serving craft beer and cocktails, their recommendation is the Long Island Iced Tea, a five spirits cocktail for 2-4 people served in a silver teapot. Decorated in the Baroque style, Brass Razu offers a relaxed and comfortable environment to sit, chat and laugh – all over a quality drink.
A classic pub, water views and wall to wall glass windows is what comes to mind when describing Kirks. This local joint is perfect for a quick drink after the beach, or to stop and have a generous ‘pub feed’. The beautiful view of Port Phillip Bay, the extensive choices of drinks and the excellent service makes it a memorable dining experience.
One of the most striking things about Mornington Peninsula are the beaches and the landscape, all of which are encapsulated within the national park. The activities on offer include walks, horse riding, a blowhole, Rye Ocean Beach and Portsea Ocean Beach, both of which are incredibly beautiful, and just two of many beaches within the park.
Located at the very end of the peninsula, Fort Nepean allows you to step into the boots of the soldiers once posted there. Fort Nepean was used for defense from the 1880s to 1945, and was the largest and most heavily armed installation around Port Phillip, and today is an amazing sight and example of Australia’s early defense strategies.
The Peninsula Hot Springs are geothermal hot springs and day spa based in the Mornington Peninsula. Founded by brothers Charles and Richard Davidson in 1997, the inspiration for the project began when Charles visited several hot springs while living in Japan in 1992. Visit to experience the geothermal waters which come from a natural well, deep below the earth’s surface, perfect to rejuvenate the spirit and body.
Located at the southern edge of the Mornington Peninsula is a resort that is unique, luxurious and shaped by the land around it. RACV Cape Schanck pride themselves on being in a place where you could take a hike in the morning and then easily follow up with a relaxing spa treatment immediately after, all thanks to their outstanding location. From luxury rooms to golf villas, this resort has it all.
With stunning views and a limited number of rooms, George’s sits atop Arthur’s Seat overlooking Port Phillip Bay and is in the middle of the prestigious Mornington Peninsula wine region. With enough room for eight people, George’s can be made into a weekender all on it’s own, as they offer an itinerary of culinary delights and experiences to the intimate group over three days, earning their name as a culinary retreat.
In 2012 Peppers Moonah Links Resort was voted #4 on the Luxury Travel Gold List for Best Australian Golf Resort and as a result is very popular with avid golfers, housing two championship courses. The resort, of course not only for golfers, is exceedingly opulent in its design, as is the food and drink they have on offer and their stunning accommodation. The rooms have been designed to harmonise the resort with the land, optimise the course-side position and reflect the natural rolling green landscape.