About the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula is a magnificent stretch of coastline just an hour out of the city. From the suburb of Mornington to Portsea, there's more than a touch of the Mediterranean along this stretch of coastline. Boasting Ocean beaches to the bay, with vineyards, olive groves, retreats and restaurants, this is definitely a great destination for a Girls Weekends Away!

Things to Do

“Variety is the spice of life” they say….It’s also how you could describe
the Mornington Peninsula.
The coastline boasts a myriad of attractions, from village style towns
sprinkled with galleries and markets. To the boutique eateries and wineries.
To make your stay more pleasant check out the list of some of the things to
do that we have discovered. We suggest you check back often and remember to
take note of the GWA merchants so that you can really enjoy your Girls
Weekends Away!

Wineries

Complimenting the regional restaurants is the cool climate wines, a great accompliment to any dining experience. Remember always have a designated driver or catch one of the shuttle busses, so that you can enjoy your Girls Weekends Away! Here are some wineries we have found, many have restaurants as well.

  • Darling Park Winery
  • T’gallant Winery
  • Paringa Estate
  • Montalto
  • Moorooduc Estate
  • Five Sons Estate
  • Red Hill Brewery

Restaurants

The Peninsula offers a great selection of dining whether it be a casual lunch, sharing tapas, antipastos or a more formal dinner. With an abundance of bistros, cafes and landmark hotels all providing menus inspired by quality fresh local produce.

  • Steam (Rye)
  • Salix Restaurant
  • GPO Hotel
  • The Millbri
  • Two Buoys (Dromana)
  • Steam (Rye)
  • Sisters (Sorrento)
  • Pizza D’oh (Blairgowrie)
  • The Point (Blairgowrie)
  • The Baths (Sorrento)

Other Things to do

There is a myriad of interesting things to do along the Peninsula, here are just a few examples.

  • Polperro Dolphin Swims
  • Tango classes – Wednesday nights at the Portsea Hotel
  • Bush & Winery horse rides
  • Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
  • Dromana Drive in
  • High Tea – Sundays at Woodman Estate & Lindenderry
  • Point Nepean Walking Track
  • Millionaires Walk
  • Golf (many courses to choose from)
  • Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Garden
  • Flinders and Sorrento Art Gallery
  • Gordon Studio Glassblowers
  • Mc Crae Homestead

Spas

What better way to Relax, Refresh, Revitalize than to head off to one of the day spa's in the Mornington Peninsula. Here are a few that we have found.

  • Mizu retreats and spa care
    (women's only retreat)
  • Red Hill Day spa
  • Peninsula hot springs
  • Peninsula life
  • Endota - Red Hill
  • Endota - Lindendary
  • Ella Bache - Rye
  • Marlo Spa

Markets

There are a few markets scattered around the Peninsula. You need to keep an eye on dates as they vary throughout the month and you don't want to miss out on some of these.

  • Mornington racecourse
    2nd Sunday of the month
  • Dromana Drive in Trash’n Treasure
    Every Sunday
  • Red Hill Market
    1st Saturday of every month
  • Balnarring Racecourse Market
    3rd Saturday of month (Nov- Apr)
  •  Hastings St Market- every Thursday
  •  Mornington St Market – every Wednesday

Live Music

The Peninsula all year round has live music, even in the winter months. So why not grab a meal, sip a glass of wine and enjoy the show.

  • GPO Hotel
    Friday & Saturday evening and some Sundays
  • Coast (Blairgowrie;) - Sunday afternoon
  • Pier 10 - Sunday afternoon
  • T’gallant – Saturday & Sunday afternoon
  • Box Stallion Winery - Sunday afternoon
  • Hickinbotham -Saturday & Sunday afternoon
  • Bayview Estate - Sunday afternoon

Our Partners

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Deals and Sites of Interest

Mornington Wine Tours

Jump on a Harley or a peddle powered bike, here are some ideas for wine tours along the Peninsula.
Wine tours


Sail the bay

What's not to like for $125pp. The wind in your hair, bubbles in hand and a great laugh with a group of girls, all aboard a 40ft yacht. yachtYes you too can live the life of the rich and famous for a day. Sail beyond the shores of Sorrento and Portsea. Take the helm or, if you prefer, just sit back, relax and let the experienced skipper do the work. This 4 hours of fun includes lunch and on those hot summer days you can even get the skipper to drop anchor and take a dip to cool off (obviously in the warmer months)

 

65 Minute Hot Rock Massage

Opposite the sparkling shores of Port Phillip Bay, your sensual massage awaits.
Hot Stone Massage
Silky rocks, heat and magic hands ensure this is the perfect way to spend your time. Feeling totally indulged you will want to extend your stay or return again and again