I am an academic and writer living in Melbourne. I love to travel and I also love writing about all the things Melbourne, regional Victoria and other parts of Australia have to offer.
Published February 10th 2018
You Will Be Amazed
The view, as you walk through the winery towards the outside, will take your breath away. The natural vista of Western Port, the Nobbies and Phillip Island, from the vantage point of Pt Leo Estate, is truly a magnificent sight. Now add some large, very imposing sculptures dotting the vibrant green grounds and you have one of the best attractions on the Mornington Peninsula.
Point Leo Sculpture Park can proudly position itself among some of the best outdoor sculpture parks and galleries worldwide. Each sculpture is set against the ocean, but also against Australian native plants, vines and often grazing cattle. The sculptures are a mix of the colourful, majestic, fun, serious, and local and international artists. They are made using many different materials, including metal, ceramic and resin.The sculptures invite the viewer to reflect, interact and touch, and importantly, to take time to view these slowly, alone or with friends.
The sculpture walk can be done in 60 - 90 minutes (long path) or 30-45 (short path) minutes, depending on how far you want to walk. An interactive app which can be downloaded from the website, is a good way to get to know about each sculpture and artist. If after your walk, you feel thirsty or hungry you may want to visit the winery and restaurant. However, the restaurant has been known to be fully booked out on the weekends as well as during the week, so it's best to make a reservation. There is also an outdoor, a more casual cafe where you can have charcuterie and cheese plates.
The story of how Point Leo Estate came to be, late in 2017, is an interesting one and if you are lucky one of the staff members may relate the story of the Gandel family and their grand vision that is now the Sculpture Park. Ask, and I am sure they will be glad to tell you.