Mornington Magic

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One of the great joys of living in Melbourne is that you have all the amenities and buzz of a major international city, but can still be lying on a beautiful beach or relaxing in blissful countryside in less than an hour. And one place that’s near to the city and yet offers both of those getaway options is the Mornington Peninsula.

Melbournians really are blessed to have the Mornington Peninsula on their doorstep. Running down the east of Port Philip Bay and starting only an hour’s drive out of the CBD, it stretches from Frankston down to Sorrento on its ‘Bay side and includes such seaside gems as Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Portsea and Sorrento. It then sweeps around Point Nepean and continues on to such great destinations as Shoreham and Hastings on the western Ocean side. The 2 shorelines of the Peninsula have a very different feel and offer widely varying beaches, the east coast having calmer, more family-friendly waters and the west a more wild and rugged vibe.

If you fancy a few days somewhere with good beaches, interesting shops and trendy little cafes and restaurants then try wowing your beloved with a swish holiday apartment or beach house in Sorrento or Portsea. Both places are perfect for romantic getaways as they have plenty to see and do, if you feel like exploring, but also have a huge range of holiday rentals, covering everything from boutique hotels and cute seaside cottages to luxury bed and breakfast and self-catering apartments, if you’d prefer to hide away from the world.

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And as if this combination of 2 contrasting, but beautiful, coastlines weren’t enough to lure you for a weekend away, there is also the pull of the Peninsula hinterland with its charming villages and fabulous wineries. The spine of the Mornington Peninsula is a strip of fertile land, perfect for producing a wide range of delicious wines, the most famous of which are its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and wineries and cellar doors stud the country lanes, especially around the delightful settlements of Main Ridge and Red Hill.

If all this hasn’t convinced you to book a short break in this wonderful part of Victoria, there are also some excellent restaurants in the area, many of them house in wineries, making a drive inland from the beach all the more attractive. After all, what could be nicer than a romantic walk along a windswept beach followed by a gourmet lunch at an intimate table for 2 in a stylish vineyard?

The Mornington Peninsula has the lot – stunning scenery, sandy beaches, raging surf and calm, tranquil bays, superb food and wine and an enormous choice of accommodation. It even has health retreats, golf courses, horse riding, surf schools and the unique Peninsula Hot Springs day spa, where you and your partner can soak in the natural hot springs before indulging in a relaxing spa treatment. So if you haven’t already had a holiday there, maybe you should try one and if you’ve been before, go again!