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Published June 18th 2018
A Ridgy-Didge Guide to Main Ridge
Main Ridge is to the south of Arthurs Seat, and the west of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Despite its natural beauty, and attractions, it has relatively fewer tourists, and retains a sense of quiet charm.
Explore the natural beauty of Main Ridge
It is beautiful to tour the area by car, as it is elevated on a hill that joins the range next to the peninsula. There are several creeks in the area to cross over, including Splitters, Main, and Rocky creeks that run from the north to the south, toward the eastern side of the area.
In the east, you can also visit the Main Ridge Nature conversation reserve off Mornington-Flinders Road that serves as a green belt, for the town as it slowly develops.
There is also a short walking trail on the west side of Main Ridge called Baldry Crossing Circuit Walk. It is only a few kilometres long, but features streams, ferns and gullies. A map is here.
Local attractions to visit
Main Ridge is known for fresh produce, meandering gardens, and some stunning properties.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is at 244 Shands Road, and you can visit between November and April to pick fresh strawberries. They are also open in the off season on weekends only from 11am to 4pm. There is a pretty cafe with, you guessed it, plenty of strawberry-based dishes, and a great review is here.
The Main Ridge Dairy is at 295 Main Creek Road, and according to their website they are "the only large commercial dairy operating on the Peninsula". If you are a lover of fine cheese, then this is the place to visit. They are open Thursdays to Sundays, and you can find out more here, or contact them at this link.
Drum Drum Farm has beautiful gardens, and offers a range of blueberry based products like jams and ice cream toppings. They are at 28 Davos Road in Main Ridge, and you can contact them at this link.
Red Hill Lavender is at 284 Main Creek Road and is set on a beautiful property with a lavender farm, and some gardens to explore. They can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Most people don't realise that Main Ridge is a wine region, and you don't need to go all the way to Red Hill to enjoy a fine drop with a hearty meal.
Morning Sun Vineyard is at 337 Main Creek Road. You can find out about their wines here, and there is also an olive grove on site. If you are peckish, they also offer a light menu. Morning Sun are open Friday to Monday from 10am to 5pm (and everyday in Summer).
At 180 Mornington Flinders Road (in Main Ridge), you'll find Green Olive wines, and you can visit the cellar, visit the shop, or even stay overnight.
T'Gallant Cellar Door and Pizzeria is at 1385 Mornington Flinders Road in Main Ridge. They are open for lunch from 11.30am to 3pm on weekdays, and until 4pm on weekends. You can make a booking here.
In addition to many of the establishments above that have accommodation options, there are some other options like the ones below.
If you are after more of a pub, with great food, try The Pig & Whistle tavern at 365 Purves Road, Main Ridge. They also have live music some evenings, and a place to stay behind the pub, in case it turns into a late one (booking link is here).
The 'Bee Keepers Cottage' and 'Harvest House' at 2 Macs Farms offer unique and quaint lodgings at 3 Browns Road in Main Ridge. You can click here to make a booking.
And finally, Summer Hill Farm has a cottage or a suite on offer. They are at 264 Barkers Road in Main Ridge. You can make a reservation here.
Getting there and back
Main Ridge is inland on the Mornington Peninsula between Rosebud on Port Phillip Bay and Flinders on Western Port Bay. It is less than 100 kilometres to the south of the Melbourne CBD, and takes about 75 minutes by car.