The western coast starts at Frankston and stretches all the way down the Point Nepean. It is typical of long powder-soft beaches and posh holiday resorts, peaking at the fabulous Sorrento – named after the famous Italian holiday hub; indeed the resort features pretty posh seaside vibes. Yacht clubs, golf courses, restaurants, spas and retreats, and well-dressed people can be seen throughout the town.

"Sorrento in Mornington Peninsula, showcasing its picturesque and upscale beachside charm."
Sorrento – pretty, picturesque and posh!

The calm waters of Port Phillip Bay offer ideal conditions for water sports, including paddle boarding, sea kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, fishing to boating and yachting. Frankston and Mornington are the biggest towns with great entertainment options, shopping, dining, various tours and recreation.

Mount Eliza, Mount Martha, Dromana, Rosebud, Sorrento and Portsea are small seaside resorts covered with holiday homes and penthouses, and the famed Mornington Bathing Boxes at the Mills Beach cannot be overlooked.

"Colorful bathing boxes lining the shores of Mornington, a symbol of the area's coastal beauty."
The iconic Mornington Bathing Boxes cannot be left unnoticed


  • Frankston – Frankston Beach, Oliver`s Hill Lookout, Wall Street market, Bunarong Park, Botanic Gardens
  • Mornington – Royal Beach, Fishermans Beach, Fossil Beach, Mills Beach, Fosters Beach, Mornington Pier Park, Esplanade, Mills Beach Bathing Boxes
  • Mt Eliza – Sunday farmers markets, clothes-optional Sunnyside North Beach
  • Mt Martha – Balcombe Estuary, The Pillars Lookout, Mt Martha Cliff Top Walk
  • Dromana – Arthur`s Seat Eagle Gondola, Enchanted Maze and Tree Surfing (the favourite attraction)
  • Sorrento – Sullivan Bay, the Back Beach, Fine Art & Manyung Galleries and Sorrento Museum, various charters and boat tours are available at the wharf, the Millionaire`s Walk is a must!
  • Portsea – access to Point Nepean, London Bridge, Fort Nepean, the Black Beach, numerous charters and boat tours are available at the wharf
The Mills Beach, Mornington


The shoreline in the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula offers stunning coastal tracks with views. This part faces the open ocean which indicates it will be windy and rough.

Point Nepean, at the tip of the peninsula, is one of several parks that together are known as Mornington Peninsula National Park. The environment here is exceptionally beautiful, and there are plenty of walks with fantastic lookouts (access via Portsea).

"Scenic view of Point Nepean in Mornington Peninsula National Park, highlighting the rugged coastline."
Point Nepean, Mornington Peninsula National Park

St Andrews Beach and Gunnamatta Beach is a long sandy stretch ideal for surfing, windsurfing and other water sports.

Cape Schanck has a historic lighthouse and lovely beaches, but the highlight is swimming with seals and dolphins. There are many natural attractions here, including hot springs, gardens, reserves, sanctuaries, farms but also a lighthouse and museums where you can learn more about the early lighthouse technology used in the region.

"The historic Cape Schanck lighthouse overlooking the tumultuous waters of Bass Strait."
Cape Schanck, Bass Strait


  • Fingal – Peninsula Hot Springs (one of the most recent attractions)
  • Point Nepean – many walking tracks, historical sites, spectacular views
  • Cape Schanck – boardwalk to the lighthouse, amazing views
  • St Andrews Beach – great conditions for water sports, golf course
  • Gunnamatta Beach – excellent surfing and whale watching
"Relaxing Fingal Hot Springs amidst the natural beauty of Mornington Peninsula."
Fingal Hot Springs, Mornington Peninsula


If driving inland, the landscape turns into a gently rolling vista of the bush, grazing land, orchards and vineyards, with some great restaurants and wineries. This agriculture and viticulture based region is typical of sheep and cattle stations, farmyards, homesteads and cellar door.

Organic production is a household name, and it is best to see at the local markets, such as Main Ridge, Red Hill, Merricks and Tuerong.

The rustic inland beauty is topped up with coastal nature reserves and breathtaking views. The eastern shores are rugged with high cliffs and stunning lookouts.

"Panoramic view of the Red Hill Estate winery, nestled in the scenic landscape of Mornington Peninsula."
Red Hill Estate, established in 1989, offers multi-award winning wines (especially Pinot Noir)


  • Flinders – the Blowhole Track, Flinders Pier, Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, Bushranger Bay, the Elephant Rock, the Ocean Beach
  • Point Leo – Flinders-Somers Coastal Reserve, the Shoreham Beach
  • Red Hill – Ashcombe Maze, Lavender Gardens, Saturday craft markets, lovely farms, homesteads
  • Somers/Merricks Beach & Balnarring Beach – ideal for swimming, water sports, relax
  • Hastings/Crib Point – Jacks Beach Reserve, Warringine Park, Hastings Foreshore Reserve (pelican spotting)
  • Parkdale – Moonlit Sanctuary
"Breathtaking coastal scenery at Flinders, showcasing the rugged eastern coastline of Mornington Peninsula."
Flinders, Mornington Peninsula


The premier beach destination and holiday spot for all Melbournians is undoubtedly the Phillip Island. Mainly famous as the “Penguin Island” for its large penguin colonies, it offers not only alluring nature, fantastic beaches, abundant wildlife (kangaroos, koalas) and marine life (seals, whales, penguins) but also excellent food, wines, cultural events and plentiful purpose-built attractions.

"The dramatic coastal landscape of Phillip Island, observed from the Nobbies Coastal Walk."
The Nobbies Coastal Walk, Phillip Island


  • San Remo – Pelican Parade, George Bass Coastal Walk
  • Newhaven – the Visitor Centre, Chocolate Factory, Flower Farm, Phillip Island Nature Park and Wetland (the major attraction is the Blue Penguin Watching Tours), Churchill Island Heritage Farm
  • Cape Woolamai – Phillip Island Nature Park, Woolamai Beach
  • Sunderland Bay – Smiths Beach, Surf Beach
  • Storm Bay – Pyramid Rock Lookout, Berry`s Beach, Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit  (a small replica track of Grand Prix with public Go-Karts)
  • Summerlands – Phillip Island Nature Park, The Nobbies Centre and Coast Walk, the Swan Lakes, Flynn`s Beach
  • Rhyll – Rhyll Inlet State Wildlife reserve, Trout and Bush Tucker Farm, Koala Conservation Centre, A Maze N` Things amusement park, Phillip Island Wildlife Park
  • Cowes & Silverleaves – the major seaside resorts with many restaurants, jetty, shops, golf courses, holiday parks, tour operators  and splendid beaches
"The serene and wild beauty of Cape Woolamai on Phillip Island, a popular destination for nature lovers."
Cape Woolamai, Phillip Island


The best way to travel in the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island is to hire a vehicle in Melbourne and self-drive (public transport is an option, but it is not very convenient).

Mornington Peninsula can be easily driven around within one day. If you add the Phillip Island into your itinerary, count on 2-3 days. There are many accommodation options on Phillip Island, ranging from campground and holiday parks to B&B and 5-star hotels.

The suggested self-drive route is Melbourne-Frankston-Point Nepean-Flinders-Hastings-Phillip Island.

The Penguin Promenade is a popular place to spot the local penguins (from May to August just before the sunset)


The best time to visit the Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island is summer (Dec-March), provided you want to enjoy the beaches, walks and views. However, to avoid crowds try not to travel during the Australian school holidays (mid-Dec – early Feb and the Easter time).

We believe that the ideal time is Feb-Mar, albeit weather here is quite unpredictable and it often rains regardless of the season.


Fly to Melbourne. Drive along the coastline towards Frankston.

 For all flights visit www.momondo.com or www.skyscanner.com

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Eva Bodova

Monday 24 February 2020

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