Freelance writer living in Melbourne. If you enjoy the following article please click on the 'like' button to give me feedback. I am a mum to two very active boys, who is trying to share her passion for nature, art, social justice and a love of life.
Boneo is one of the rural towns located on the Mornington Peninsula just over 1 hour from Melbourne. In 'travelling with children time' this is less than a movie and almost a toilet stop. The freeway is fast and efficient or you can meander your way through the trees from Baxter. The market offers the old world charm from yesteryear, where the produce, products and performances are distinctly local and fabulous. There are enough stalls to occupy the whole oval and you walk in a loop, with various children's activities scattered along the way.
As a locality, Boneo is strewn with market gardens and local pastures, making the produce at the market super fresh. As you walk into the craft hall, you will be greeted with the smell of freshly made scones by the Country Women's Association. Out onto the oval you will see a great array of stalls including clothes, jewelry, bread, produce as well as local wines and oils. Scattered throughout the offerings are also unique stalls such as the Modbox and chainsaw carvings.
The Modbox. A fabulous construction with a seat and garden bed. You choose the shape!
The lovely people at the Friends of the Hooden Plover stall, provide children with the opportunity to learn about threatened bird species and make their own badges. It is well worth talking with the people here as they will enlighten you about birds you may well have come across on beaches throughout Victoria and the kids will love it.
I made this myself! And it was free and informative.
The market closes at 12:00pm and from there, there are so many options for kids on the Peninsula including a dip at The Peninsula Hot Springs or strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge, or perhaps even part of the Two Bays Walk, let alone the beaches. However, if you have stayed at the market until closing it will probably be food time. 20 minutes up the road in Shoreham are some great options for kids and parents alike.
The fabulous Pizzeria at Montalto is always good, but if you are looking for something a little more casual, try Pier 10. It is only up the road from Montalto and have a great selection of food and wine on offer. Live music plays every Sunday afternoon and we were treated with the dulcet tones of a three piece band playing gentle Beatles renditions. This coupled with a fabulous view and exceptional food made for a great way to finish off the day. The pizza is good for the children (if they like prosciutto) and the platter plus the Chardonnay is great for adults.
The deck is huge and if you revert to your digital babysitter, you may be able to grab some peace and tranquillity to sip on the Pier 10 wine and stare out over the vineyard with a little cuddle from your loved one. This moment lasted for approximately 12 minutes for us, which in 'sitting peacefully with children" time, is actually quite long. Pier 10 is kid friendly, welcoming and the food and wine is fabulous.