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Sep
16

A day in Mornington Peninsula

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Hi Travel Buddies,

We have been to Melbourne a few times but we have never stepped into Mornington Peninsula.  Finally we have the chance to visit last week and we realised there is so much to explore the entire region and one day is certainly not enough.

We started our day at The Peninsula Hot Springs, spent almost 3 hours to revitalize and recharge our bodies.  It was a short drive from the hot springs to Point Nepean National Park.  The park was originally used to quarantine people arriving in Victoria and it was also a military training ground. You can walk all the way to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula, enjoy the Mediterranean like ocean and bay views or do other walking trails in the park if you have the time.

Most of you may have heard about the famous London Bridge at Great Ocean Road.  If you are coming into the Point Nepean National Park, you cannot miss this London Bridge – equally stunning stone formation nicely tucked away at the back beach of Portsea. London Bridge at Mornington Peninsula

The lookout area is just minutes walk away from the car park and you can get a very good scenic views of the London Bridge or you can walk all the way down to the beach and get as close as you like to this huge arch formation.

Our next point of destination is Cape Schanck Lightstation.  You can pay for aguided tour to the lighthouse and museum. Instead of that, we went for the boardwalk that offers spectacular views of the geological formations – Pulpit Rock and Devils Desk.

Driving to the top of Arthurs Seat brings you to the Peninsula’s highest point, standing at 305 metres, you get fantastic views overlooking the Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne.

The best way to end the day would be to take the esplanade coastal drive, you will see rows of picturesque colourful bathing boxes and enjoy the sunset views from Mills Beach’s lookout point.

Depending on each liking, there is something for everyone in Mornington Peninsula.  We actually returned another day to stop at Frankston, a nice starting point to explore the Peninsula and a visit to the Pure Peninsula Honey Farm before we head off to Phillip Island.

Hikers will be spoilt for choice, the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk can take you a few days or several visits.  Wine and gourmet lovers can go for the food and wine tours, try the horseback winery tour for a different experience.  If you are coming in between November to April, you can visit the SunnyRidge Strawberry Farm to pick your own strawberries.  Take up the challenge in the oldest and most famous hedge maze at Ashcombemaze and lavender gardens, families and kids should enjoy taking photo with Koala, meeting the kangaroos and wombats at the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park.  You can even plan for a 40-minute ferry at Sorrento to Queenscliff to continue your adventure to Great Ocean Road.  These are the discoveries waiting for us to uncover in our future day trips!

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