Dining on the Mornington Peninsula
The ocean playground of Melbourne’s sailors and fishing enthusiasts, the journey to the Mornington Peninsula is sprinkled with galleries, farm gates, wineries, cafes, restaurants and delightful experiences. Colourful bathing boxes line the beaches of Port Phillip Bay, so stop in at Mt Martha, Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento or Portsea Beaches for a look.
For a wine tasting or fine dining experience, book a table at Ten Minutes by Tractor in Main Ridge. For something more casual but equally delicious, try Rare Hare at Jackalope in Merricks North, or grab a table or a picnic basket at Montalto and eat among the vines.
The photogenic Portsea Hotel is right on the water and will give you instant holiday vibes. Sit amongst greenery under the terrace while your kids tumble about on the lawns, and enjoy fresh seafood, hot chips and a sparkling wine, a crisp white or an ice cold beer.
Recently refurbished, The Continental in Sorrento houses the Aurora Day Spa and an array of dining and function spaces. You’re spoilt for choice here; try the Beer Garden, the Conti Bar, the alfresco Promenade, the stunning Atrium Restaurant - or all of the above!
Partake in a drop of local brandy or gin at the Bass & Flinders Distillery or, even better, book in for a masterclass and learn to blend your own spiced brandy from a selection of botanical-infused spiced bases.
Head to Arthur’s Seat Eagle for a bird’s eye view of the bay from a state of the art gondola, then venture to the Peninsula Hot Springs and soak away your troubles in one (or all) of the dozens of volcanically heated pools. Pre-book a relaxation dome, and order a picnic box brimming with salads, fruit and baked goods. Groups can arrange wellness experiences like group yoga or meditation.