Sharing my love of Melbourne with Melburnians and guests of this great city!
Published March 25th 2013
Get up to some horseplay
Think: clear, blue beaches, relaxing massages, paddling along on the ocean and cuddling furry animals... sounds exotic, right? And yet it's only an hour and half away from Melbourne CBD.
The Mornington Peninsula is now more accessible with Peninsula Link now open, taking only 17 minutes from Frankston. Head on down for the day or stay over night at any of the fantastic accommodation spots on offer. My last stay was at the lovely Weeroona.
For the couple who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Weeroona B & B in Rye boasts 5 self contained cottages. Whilst this might seem a small number to choose from, Weeroona aims for all guests to experience the most comfortable and relaxing stay possible. With a limited number of guests and an adults only policy silence is almost guaranteed, there's always a spot in the pool and the beautiful gardens are just a bonus. Onsite gaming room with a full sized pool table, dart board and DVD collection are also available. The caretakers are lovely and more than helpful - and look out for beautiful Kiera, the resident German Shepard who might dine with you as you feast on a fully cooked breakfast.
One quick detour that is a must is off the freeway in Pearcedale. The Moonlit Sanctuary is fun for all ages, day and night. Adults cost $17 (day) and $40 (night) and children $8.50 (day) and $34 (night). Visit during the day and for an extra $10 cuddling up to Bluegum the Koala or hold a snake. The keepers are very friendly and more than happy to talk with you about the animals that are onsite. Don't forget to grab a bag of Wallaby feed for $2 and be prepared to approached by some cute little furry animals that will eat out of your hand.
An ever popular spot, is the Peninsula Hot Springs. Relax with the family in the public pools with the stimulating bubble jets or just sit and enjoy the shallow pool with the kids. If you're feeling like some indulgence the Kodo massage on offer will help soothe away all tension and help you to have the best night's sleep. Keep an eye out for the ducklings swimming around the lagoon.
For the more adventurous, try BayPlay at Portsea. On my last trip to the Peninsula I headed out with a group on a kayak tour. Lasting about 3 hours, try it and see how different it is to glide along ontop of the ocean instead of swimming in it. The friendly tour guide will give a thorough demonstration of how to paddle, steer and also what to do if you capsize (though we were told it was unlikely!). All equipment is also supplied including a much needed snack when you have a break. Unfortunately we didn't make it to the much anticipated dolphin cove due to a strong current, however the guide was able to point out interesting landmarks so it still made for an intriguing tour. Word for the wise, if you're prone to motion sickness, don't forget the Kwells!
And just incase you have any time left over, Gunnamatta Trail Rides is great experience for all. With rides for all levels choose from a ride through the bush or head down for a ride along the beach. The stablemaster is very knowledgeable and will pair you with the best horse for your experience level. The tour guides are friendly and will teach you the proper technique - it's like getting 10 beginner lessons for the price of one and in 2 hours!