12 awesome things to do on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is a popular day trip and getaway destination for folks of Melbourne and visitors both domestic and international. This stunning area of Victoria is characterised by its calm waters of the bay for swimming, its amazing wineries producing some of the best drops in Australia, its amazing local produce and so many wonderful attractions. There are just so many things to do on the Mornington Peninsula.

Where is the Mornington Peninsula?

The Mornington Peninsula is a suburban area in Melbourne, Australia. It stretches from Frankston in the west to the outskirts of Melbourne’s CBD in the east and includes many suburbs such as Mornington, Moorooduc, Rosebud and Mount Martha. The peninsula has a population of about 230,000 people and provides a number of beautiful beaches for locals and tourists alike to enjoy. There are so many places to visit in the Mornington Peninsula for visitors.

During the summer months, you will find added things to do on the Mornington Peninsula such as carnivals, fruit picking and even New Years festival activities. The population in the summer months explodes due to day-trippers and holidaymakers making the Mornington Peninsula their top place for a summer holiday in Victoria.

The top things to do on the Mornington Peninsula

There are so many amazing things to do on the Mornington Peninsula that you will have the best of every world if that is what you like. From stunning scenery to picking your own produce, you will find a Mornington Peninsula activity for everyone in your group.

Below we have included some of the very best things to do on Mornington Peninsula for singles, couples and families visiting the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula attractions – Enchanted Adventure Garden

The Enchanted Adventure Garden is located at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula. This Mornington Peninsula attraction has continued to grow over the years from being a maze to the recent introduction of tree surfing and zip line. Tree surfing is a mixture of climbing, balance and containing your fears.

high ropes course with ladders and ziplines on the Mornington Peninsula
The high ropes tree surfing course

For those that don’t know Tree Surfing, it’s basically a high wires obstacle course. The Enchanted Adventure Garden has 3 different mazes all challenging. You will find a traditional Japanese garden maze, a turf and a kids maze. The tube sliding was fun for the whole family. The bushland scramble for kids and the 3D spooky hedge mazes will keep everyone entertained.

The canopy walk was great fun. You walk through the treetops of the tranquil surrounding Situated above the sculpture walk and Splitters Creek that runs through our park. The great thing is the Canopy Walk is suitable for prams and wheelchairs making it an inclusive attraction for all. You can buy food at the Café or BBQ facilities are available.

While many people think that this is only one of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula for kids you will find people of all ages here enjoying the ropes course and all the other activities.

If your kids love the maze, there is also the nearby Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens to explore and have fun with. These are just more of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Mornington Peninsula places to visit – The Eagle Arthurs Seat

The Arthurs Seat Eagle chairlift had become one of the most iconic tourist attractions on the Mornington Peninsula and in the State of Victoria Australia. When you mention the Mornington Peninsula everyone will tell you ‘I went on the gondolas as a kid’ or ‘We have taken our kids on the chair lift.

A ride on the Eagle is one of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula
The Eagle at Arthur’s seat is popular for Mornington Peninsula sightseeing

The Eagle is located in Arthurs Seat State Park. The State Park is a dominant feature on the Mornington Peninsula. Arthurs Seat rises up 315 meters from the waters of Port Phillip Bay. As you pull out of the summit station you slowly rise before going over the edge of the mountain where the views of Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne come into sight. On a clear day, the Melbourne Skyscrapers are easily viewed. The trip to the base station takes around 14 minutes.

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Take a picnic and have it at the top of Arthur’s Seat. You will find a family-friendly picnic ground for your Mornington Peninsula adventure. This is a great way to save some money if you are looking for things to do on the Mornington Peninsula on a budget.

Mornington Peninsula attractions – Peninsula Hot Springs

One place you must visit on the Mornington Penisula for relaxation is the Peninsula Hot springs bathing gully and hilltop pools. This area offers social bathing with over 20 experiences to choose from. Included in this area are thermal mineral spring pools, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), cave pool, hilltop pool, massaging thermal mineral showers, family bathing area, lakeside pool and naturally landscaped bathing gully.

Of course, the Peninsula Hot springs offer way more and have established themselves as a Day Spa destination. They are one of the top things to do on the Mornington Peninsula. It also offers rehabilitation water exercises. You can stay and dine or you can get massaged and pampered. Peninsula Hot springs are your all-exclusive destination. The Bath House is the most budget-friendly option if you are on a budget trip in Victoria.

The wonder of the Peninsula Hotsprings is you get the chance to move from pool to pool all while being surrounded by the natural environment. If you like one more than the other you have the chance to stay or move on as your heart desires.

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Family activities Mornington Peninsula – The Big Goose

The Big Goose is a bit of an all-rounder for family activities on the Mornington Peninsula. There is a bit of everything in a fun and interesting way that any aged visitor can enjoy. Once you arrive you are greeted by alpacas and goats in enclosures that anyone can feed and you will find that most of the time they are hungry!

There is so much to do at the Big Goose but some time spent in the Big Red Shed which is an animal nursery will give you all the cute vibes possible. Baby animals go hand in hand with complete cuteness overload and here you can pet the little lambs, hold the rabbits and guinea pigs to your heart’s content. Did someone say kangaroos and Fawn deer? Yes, we did! There is a special enclosure that allows you to get close to feed the kangaroo and a little Bambi.

You will also find throughout the day there are talks and demonstrations about the animals that live at the Big Goose. The reptile show is a hit and we encourage you to go early to get a seat. After the show, there are snakes and lizards to hold. You can also watch and learn how a sheepdog rounds up the sheep at the sheepdog trials via the Emu and camel pens. The sheepdogs are a hit as they rounded up their sheep.

Do you want a real taste of country living while visiting the Big Goose? There are pony rides as well as a tractor ride, all aboard on the trailer for a tour around the farm! All this wildlife plus playgrounds, bbq area and a canteen. The Big Goose was a surprise hit and one of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula for families.

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Buy plenty of animal food when you arrive you will need it. Everyone will love feeding the animals and it never seems that they all get a full belly!

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Sightseeing Mornington Peninsula – Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park is located at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, nearly at the head of where the bay meets the ocean. You can visit the Quarantine Station here where the Australian colony was in its infancy, people were arriving by ship constantly from Europe and other places and being made to quarantine here.

2 people riding there bikes near the beach at Point Nepean
Bike Riding at Point Nepean

After a long sea journey, many arrived sick and dying. There was a real need to stop any of these illnesses from reaching the general population in Victoria. As Australia was an island this country had never been exposed to some of these diseases and an epidemic was highly possible unless the sick and dying who were arriving were quarantined.

On arrival, you head to the visitor’s centre where you can get a map, audio guide or hire a bike. The audio guide talks about the Ticonderoga ship and how the Spanish Flu pandemic influenced the quarantine station.

A number of the buildings are open for your viewing from the old hospital through to the boiler house and its giant disinfection oven. This area was very informative with exhibits of machinery, pictures and journals. This is one of the top historical things to do on the Mornington Peninsula. Stop off and take a look around Portsea. Things to do at Portsea include visiting the famous pub and boutiques.

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Things to do in the Mornington Peninsula – Pick Strawberries at Sunny Ridge

When you want a taste of summer and are looking for things to do in the Mornington Peninsula, head down to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm. The farm is located in Mornington, a 65-minute drive from Melbourne CBD. The farm offers you a chance to do your own strawberry picking as well as blueberries and raspberries.

A family picking strawberries on the Mornington Peninsula
Picking strawberries is great fun

You will see people of all ages wandering the strawberry fields filling their buckets to take home. The onsite café sells everything in berries from jams to ice creams. Just the thing to sit and sample after picking your fresh berries.

The cost of this Mornington Peninsula experience depends on how many strawberries your family wants to pick. For Adults prices start at $9.00 for 500grams while kids over 4 can pick 250 grams for $4. To enjoy these top things to do on Mornington Peninsula the Sunny Ridge Farm is open seven days a week from 9 am until 5 pm.

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Things to do on Mornington Peninsula – Polperro Dolphin Swims

Polperro runs amazing Dolphin and Seal experience tours in the waters off Sorrento in Port Phillip Bay. Like all wild animals, there is no exact science to finding them. The crew will tell you all about the bay and its wildlife while searching for the animals. When the Dolphins and Seals first appear, it’s so incredible to be so near them.

2 girls getting their snorkel and wetsuit ready on Port Phillip Bay
Getting prepared to get wet and swim with Dolphins

With wetsuits and flippers on you slowly make your way into the water. The crew will tell you to keep at least 5 meters away from the animals, as seals can get quite aggressive if you invade their space. Underwater, the real show was happening with the seals rolling, flipping and darting back and forth. At times the seals can come right up to you for a look but rarely are they aggressive.

It is such a memorable experience when the dolphins glide past you in the water, the pods swim back and forth around you. If you are lucky, you will see a pod of dolphins surfing the waves coming off the bow of the boat which makes this one of the most memorable things to do on the Mornington Peninsula. This is such a highly recommended experience and absolutely one of the very best things to do at Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula for people wanting a unique learning experience.

The Sorrento – Queenscliff ferry leaves from the same jetty as the Dolphin tour. It is well worth a trip to Queenscliff if you have a spare afternoon.

Things to do at the Mornington Peninsula – Moonlit Sanctuary

The Moonlit Sanctuary is the leading animal experience park on the Mornington Peninsula, and it is the ultimate adventure for animal lovers. The park features koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, dingos and more are great Mornington Peninsula family activities.

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Things to do at the Mornington Peninsula include feeding a Wallaby at Moonlit Sanctuary

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is set on 25 acres of bushland with over 60 different species to look at. Moonlit Sanctuary also gives you the chance to participate in animal encounters that will make your trip to the Mornington Penisula unforgettable. You can get up close to and personal with a koala or walk a wombat, how about holding a Python.

The sanctuary also offers an alternative night tour where the nocturnal animals come out to play. You can grab a bite to eat at the cafe or bring a family picnic and make this one of the top things to do on the Mornington Peninsula on your holiday in Victoria.

Mornington Peninsula Attractions – Dromana Drive-In

Some people are at the age where they can remember the good old drive-in and some have no idea what it is except an activity from yesteryear. Dromana has embraced the age of the drive-in with a 3 screen property. The Dromana drive-in is open Thursday-Sunday and screens movies at 7 pm and 9.15 pm. A drive-in is a bit like a record player the kids of today get a real kick out sitting in the car, a speaker in the window watching a movie on a massive screen is one of the fun things to do on the Mornington Peninsula.

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Onsite you will find Shel’s 1950s diner that seats 75 people. The diner at the Dromana drive-in is decked out with Warner Bros pops and movie memorabilia. Grab a burger fries and shake and enjoy before your movie starts. Take a step back in time and visit the drive-in. The venue is also popular as the Dromana drive-in market in the summer months. People come from all over the peninsula to rummage through the Dromana drive-in market.

If you love the activities from yesteryear that are long gone the Dromana Drive-in should be on the top of your last for things to do on the Mornington Peninsula!

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Take blankets, pillows and food and have your own little picnic in the car 

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Mornington Peninsula attractions – The Beach

The sun, sand and surf are what draw many people to the Mornington Peninsula. Mornington Peninsula beaches include the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the big swells of the Southern Ocean. The Mornington Peninsula beaches on the bay are perfect for your kids, families or people looking to spend a day at a patrolled surf beach. Some of Victoria’s best beaches are on the Mornington Peninsula.

2 young girls dipping their feet in waters at Dromana beach
Girls playing on the Mornington Peninsula best beaches

Most of the waters are calm with very few waves and the bottom is sandy but the Mornington Peninsula beaches such as Portsea and Gunamatta are known for their big waves and dangerous rips. You should only swim between the flags (areas patrolled by lifesavers) at these beaches.

There are some rock pools that can be explored along the coast that the kids will find fun. The beaches along the peninsula at places such as Dromana and Mount Martha feature the famous Melbourne Bathing boxes. Practically no more than a shed, with no water or electricity these famous little seaside boxes bring more colour and ambience to the shores.

The famous boxes are in high demand, with prices reaching over $500,000 when they have been put on the market. The historic bathing boxes are often passed down through generations and rarely come up for sale. The Mornington Peninsula beaches bathing boxes are an iconic symbol of the Victorian and the Peninsula. The Dromana beach is close to the shops, toilets and showers nearby and bathing boxes.

Visiting Morning Peninsula breweries & wineries

While some may think this is only a suggestion of things to do on the Mornington Peninsula for people without kids you may be very wrong! Why not visit one of the fantastic Mornington Peninsula Breweries for lunch or just a drink? You will find some of these breweries on the Mornington Peninsula will have kids facilities as well. We can highly recommend the Jetty Road Brewery at Dromana, Red Hill Brewery and St Andrews Brewery.

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Mornington Peninsula things to do include trying a paddle of beers for tasting

These 3 places are brewing amazing craft beer and serving it with some great food. A visit is a must on any day trip to the Mornington Peninsula. At the Montalto Vineyard, they have a large grassy area where kids can play cricket and other supplied games while mum and dad relax with a wine.

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Visit a Mornington Peninsula market day

One of the most popular markets on the Peninsula is the Emu Plains Market. The market is located in Balnarring and operates on the third Saturday of the month (October to April) The bush setting features local gourmet food, farmers’ market produce and live music.

vegetables on a table at a Mornington market
Fresh vegetables from a Mornington Peninsula market

In summer, the market runs a few twilight dates where and runs from 3 pm-8 pm to take advantage of the balmy summer evenings. Wine tasting for adults and petting zoos for kids make this a must-visit Mornington Peninsula market. Here you will also find some of the best Mornington Peninsula produce to take home with you so this has to be one of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula for foodies!

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How to get from Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula

There are plenty of different ways to get to the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne but your best option is to hire a car to get to all the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula. Having a car gives you so much more freedom to see all the top attractions in Mornington and beyond.

Travelling by car from Melbourne CBD to Mornington Peninsula

Follow the coastline from Melbourne via Frankston to access Port Phillip bayside towns (Mt Eliza, Mornington, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea).

To access villages alongside Westernport Bay on a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula (Tyabb, Hastings, Flinders), take the M1 linked with the Western Port Highway. Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula is an easy drive or around 1 hour.

Public transport to the Mornington Peninsula

Jump on a metropolitan train service (running every 15-20 minutes) from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Frankston, then connect through Hastings to Stony Point on Westernport Bay.

Buses travel from Melbourne to all areas and local bus routes operate around each Mornington Peninsula village. Bus number 788 departs Frankston station for towns alongside Port Phillip Bay to Portsea every 45 minutes on weekdays and every one to two hours on weekends.

Catching public transport may reduce the number of things to do on the Mornington Peninsula that you can easily get to but if it is your only option then happy travelling!

We hope this article from us here at Explore Victoria has you inspired to visit the Mornington Peninsula and stay in Portsea, Dromana or one of the other seaside locations. There are so many things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids, singles and couples.


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