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The Perfect Peninsula Drive

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by FIONA (subscribe)
I am a travel writer loving Australia.
Published March 21st 2012
With the spectacular Mornington Peninsula only a little more than an hours drive from Melbourne why not make a day trip next weekend or school holidays?

The Mornington Peninsula boasts a host of activities and stunning vantage points of not just Port Phillip Bay, but also Western Port Bay and Bass Strait itself.

After driving roughly 45 minutes south on the Mornington Peninsula Highway take the Red Hill, Flinders Exit. This will lead you on to Nepean Highway, then take a left at White Hill Rd and another immediate left at Dunns Creek Rd. You will quickly notice the terrain change, your surroundings resembling a heavily tree'd area and you are on your way.

Continuing to follow Dunns Creek Road, all the while being aware of the twisting roads, you will pass a number of vineyards and Stillwater at Crittenden. Soon you will come across the turn off to Red Hill- Shoreham Road, Gordon Glassblowers is on the corner. If you want to stop in at the Glassblowers you will need to turn the corner then turn right immediately into their drive. If unsure pull over on the left into the bus bay and look back, the red flags mark the entrance.

Gordon Glass Blowers drive entrance
Gordon Glass Blowers drive entrance

Next, continue down Red Hill Shoreham Road and be sure to look around as you do there are some lovely views along the way you will also pass Port Phillip Estate, Vines of Red Hill and Darling Park Winery. After you pass Arthurs Seat Road on the right you will be in the centre of Red Hill where you can stop to go to the bakery or you can drive a few more minutes and visit Gavin Byrt's studio or Red Hill Brewery. {NB: If you need fuel turn down Arthurs Seat Road, there is a small fuel station there. There are no others for a while.}

After leaving Red Hill continue on the same road until you reach Frankston-Flinders Road, turn right here.Be sure to pay attention as you cruise down this road and as soon as you see the drought tolerant plant farm slow down and get ready to pull over for a few minutes. After passing Tucks Road on the right look for where the border of trees stop on your left. Pull over on to the shoulder to see one of the most magnificent views of the Nobbies and Phillip Island and further south towards Flinders. Be sure to wave to the cows whilst you are there.

Get back in your car and keep driving straight on into Flinders. Flinders is a gorgeous cul de sac town with a number of bakeries and cafes to eat at. When you reach the roundabout in Flinders turn right to take you down the main drag.

Once you leave Flinders, continue the same way, just be sure to be careful on the very windy roads, some bends are like complete U turns. After a good number of minutes driving you will come across the turn off for the national park and light house. Continue down Boneo road until you reach a round about. Here you can turn left and visit the Hot Springs or Dunes Golf Links, but I suggest you continue the drive by turning right and heading into Arthurs Seat.

Continue on Browns Road, go right a the T intersection then turn left down Purves Road at the roundabout. As you cruise down Purves road you will pass the State park on your left and Charlies Arthurs Seat Auto Museum on your right. At the end of Purves Road turn right and park in the carpark at the cafe for a coffee and a unique opportunity to view the Peninsula including Mornington and Mount Martha.

After soaking up those glorious views head back the way you came but don't turn down Purves Road. Instead continue down Arthurs Seat Road for the opportunity to see some of the most impressive views of Port Phillip Bay. There are a number of vantage points along the tightly winding road including Murrays Lookout and Franklin Point. There is room to park at the lookouts just be careful when pulling back out.

By this point you may feel tired and it could well be time to head home. Follow Arthurs Seat Road to the bottom and the entry to the highway is immediately after the bridge.

Farewell and thankyou for visiting our beautiful Peninsula
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