Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Mornington Peninsula
Bunyip guide Katherine has given us her Top 5 reasons to visit the Mornington Peninsula:
Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula is a fantastic way to escape the rush of the city. Relax in mineral hot pools, explore walking trails and beaches, tuck in to some hearty local produce, and don’t forget your camera to capture the incredible views!
Peninsula Hot Springs
This delightful, relaxing day spa and hot pool centre really cleanses the soul. A few hours soaking in the mineral pools and you’ll be left feeling rejuvenated from head to toe. The award winning complex features an astonishing array of bathing experiences. Choose from mineral pools, including one perched on a hilltop with 360 degree views. Take your time to relax in the Turkish steam bath, sauna, massage showers and reflexology walk. Or refresh the body with a dip in the cold plunge pools or a visit to the ice cave.
Nestled in to the tip of the peninsula is the historic beach town of Sorrento. With a settlement history dating back to the 1800’s, a stop in at the Visitor Centre is a must. Grab a map and explore the town, or stop in at one of the many cafes for coffee and cake as you take in the buzz of the main street. Sorrento also has some fantastic bayside beaches if you want to get your coffee to-go and take a stroll along the sand.
Seasonal Strawberry Picking
To really get into the spirit of the peninsula, head to one of the many farm-gates for some delicious local produce. One of the favourites in summertime is Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can pick you own strawberries. Purchase a container at the Sunny Ridge Café and head out into the field to fill it with juicy, fresh fruit. It’s fun for the whole family to get involved and you’ll have delicious souvenir to take home with you.
Port Phillip Bay
On a sunny day the calm, clear water of Port Phillip Bay is really a site to see. The swirling blue and turquoise colours are created by sandbanks under the water, and there’s nothing more refreshing than heading in for a swim. To really get a feel for the size and colours of the bay, hill to the lookouts at Arthurs Seat. From up on the hill you get views across the peninsula, along the bay, and sometimes you can even see all the way back to Melbourne’s city skyline. For an extra bit of fun, jump on board the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola to take in the views as you glide above the treetops.
Colourful bathing boxes
On beaches along the peninsula you’ll find the historic and colourful bathing boxes. By combining the blue water, white sand and colourful box designs, you’ll have the ultimate photo location. For photographers and Instagrammers alike, these bathing boxes provide an amazing backdrop. Originally used as change rooms at the beach, the bathing boxes are now much more of a tourist attraction and provide a fun way to experience the bayside beaches.
So these are our top 5 reasons to visit the Mornington Peninsula!
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