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Your guide to Shire of Mornington Peninsula

All About Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Stretching around the waters of Port Phillip and the Bass Strait, and extending into the rolling hills of the hinterland, the Mornington Peninsula is where brightly coloured beach huts and glamorous waterfront homes meet the great outdoors. On the coast, you’ll find sweeping beaches, bike trails winding along the shoreline — Head to Cape Schanck Boardwalk for striking sunsets — and plenty of ways to enjoy the water, from swimming and surfing to sailing and kayaking. Inland, the peninsula’s verdant countryside is known for its vineyards, community markets, locally focused galleries, and small boutiques.

Located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is a popular spot for a weekend getaway, whether it’s to take a break in one of the region’s hot springs, go for a relaxing walk through pristine, remote wilderness, or join a wine tasting tour. The local area is fertile ground for a range of wines, though it’s most prized for its cool climate varieties, especially pinot noir.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Summer is the most popular season to visit the peninsula, especially during the school holidays; the weather at this time of year can be hot and humid. Autumn is a very pleasant time, as the towns, villages, and beaches are quieter, and it’s still warm enough to make the most of the water. Winter can get quite chilly, but conditions are perfect for walking and wine tasting if you wrap up. The skies are also clear in August, and there’s less rainfall, so this is a great time to explore the scenic hinterland. Spring is pleasant, with moderate temperatures for swimming.

Top things to do in Shire of Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula National Park

This gorgeous national park runs along the water’s edge in the traditional country of the Bunurong people. It spans woodland, wetlands, and scenic beaches, including Greens Beach, Gunnamatta Beach, and Sorrento Ocean Beach, which boasts calm swimming conditions and rock pools. There is also a two-day coastal walk that offers incredible views, stretching along the cliff tops and through coastal vegetation.

Community markets

Known for its quality produce, the Mornington Peninsula offers over 15 local artisan and farmers’ markets where you can pick up fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade wares, arts and crafts, and much more. The Mornington Racecourse Market is one of the most popular, with over 300 stalls, face painting, and music. Also very popular, the Red Hill Market is of a similar size and renowned for its wide selection of arts and crafts.


The Mornington Peninsula is known for its diverse marine life, with its waters home to both cool-water species from the south and warm-water species from the eastern side of Australia. There are several spots with fantastic snorkelling and an array of aquatic plants and fascinating creatures, like the weedy sea dragon. You may even be lucky enough to spot Australian fur seals or dolphins. If staying above water is more your thing, you can also go stand-up paddleboarding or hire a boat or kayak.

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