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Summer on the Mornington Peninsula

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Relaxed beachside summer fun


The Mornington Peninsula is undoubtedly one of Victoria's most popular summer holiday destinations. For some, camping on the foreshore between Mc Crae and Sorrento has been an annual holiday destination which has stretched through generations. Each year the Peninsula swells from Boxing Day until the start of school, so what is it that makes the Peninsula so appealing and what is there to do?

Beaches: The Peninsula has some of the best beaches, with both surf beaches (Point Leo, Rye Back beach, Gunnamatta, all of which are great surf beaches) and bays perfect for toddlers and swimming. My favourites would be Mills and Mother's beaches in Mornington, anywhere in Safety Beach, Dromana Pier, Rosebud pier, Sorrento front beach, Shoreham beach. I don't know that there is a 'bad beach' on the Peninsula really. If you like open water swims check out the full summer program here or for kids Vicswim summer open water lessons held in Dromana, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Flinders, click here. .



Food: With the Mornington Peninsula being a foodies destination then what better excuse to find the perfect brunch, sweet treat, coffee or beer. Have a look at at my local food guide on the Mornington Peninsula.

Events: Summer is full of action packed events that include the Portsea Polo, the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Cycling Tour at Arthurs Seat, festivals, markets and much, much more. To have a look at my full list of events click here.



Attractions: By far one of the most popular things to do is to visit the Peninsula Hot Springs and relax in one of the hot natural mineral rock pools. For the children you can't go past the Enchanted Maze with Tree Surfing now up and running, it will keep them entertained for hours. Horse riding is available in several locations and you can choose between beach rides at Gunnamatta, bush rides at Main Ridge or if you like to do two things at once the horseback winery tour could be your thing.



Bush walks: There are some great trails on the Mornington Peninsula that include Red Hill Rail Trail, Two Bays Walk from Dromana to Cape Schanck ( you can do sections), Cape Schanck boardwalk at the lighthouse, Mt Martha boardwalk and many more can be found here.

Coolart homestead


Best picnic spots: There are so many so forgive me that I can't get through them all.Mornington Park is a popular place with the pier below and great coffee shops only across the road. There is plenty of shade and free electric BBQs, kids playground and an oval to kick the footy, my favourite time at this park is on a balmy summers evening with takeaways overlooking the bay. Seawinds is a nice spot to get away from the crowds and enjoy magnificent views over the Peninsula. Sorrento Park is very well set out and perfect for a family picnic. Coolart Homestead and Wetlands on the Westernport side of the Peninsula has beautiful gardens to surround yourself in. If you want to take the kids fishing for trout and have a picnic in the same place then Devil Bend reservoir is a nice quiet spot with plenty of BBQs and walking tracks.

For more great things to do on the Mornington Peninsula visit the Mornington Peninsulas official website here and enjoy your summer holidays on the Peninsula.

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Why? For a relaxed summer holiday
When: Over summer
Where: Mornington Peninsula
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