Mornington Peninsula Overview
This picturesque coastal town is located just an hour south of Melbourne and is known for its spectacular views and popular wine region. Mornington is a frequented holiday spot but has become an increasingly more popular place to put your roots down. Impressive views and a fresh sea breeze are one thing but tranquil nearby retreats, gourmet food and wine as well as growing art and culture scene means that Mornington has become more than just a holiday destination.
There is a huge selection of education opportunities in Mornington Peninsula. There are over 85 primary and secondary schools to pick from. Under the banner of independent schools there are options like Balcombe Grammar School, Toorak College, Peninsula Grammar, Penbank School and Woodleigh School. There is also a wider range of government schools to pick from, some notable and reputable options are Mornington Secondary College, Frankston primary, Frankston high, Queenscliff Primary, Mount Eliza Primary, Mount Eliza High School along with various options scattered throughout Morington.
Amenities and Transport
There are 15 train stops in Mornington Peninsula, all allowing locals access to popular dining and activity spots. Due to the nature of the area there is a ton of recreational space! Multiple beaches with plenty of room for families as well as several reserves and more than five golf courses spread around the area. There is also an aquatic center and more then ten major shopping spots for locals to enjoy.
Along the Morington coastline there are 4 major hospitals including Rosebud Hospital, Frankston Hospital, The Bays Hospital and Peninsula Private. Beyond this there are also a multitude of chemists and medical centers.
Things to do:
Award winning Hot Springs are a classic Mornington experience. The top tier spa treatment is just a 90 minute drive from Melbourne. Experience stunning views, sauna’s, cool plunge pools, great food and therapeutic treatment at any point in the day, this Mornington hot spot is open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Mornington has various spa treatments across the area but this is by far one of the best.
Located in Arthurs Seat is an award-winning adventure park! With a large variety of exciting activities for all ages this Morington attraction is one to get to. Not only does its general admission price mean you can spend your whole day there but the variety in activity is unmatched. Enchanted Adventure is equipped with mazes, tube slides, a canopy walk, puzzles, a sky scramble, sculpture walk and of course the Grand Tree Surfing. Even if you’re not a heights person there's plenty of variety and excitement available for the general admission fee of $35 for adults 18 years and older or $25 for children 17 and under.
Mornington is known for its scenery and surrounding nature and its very own Wildlife Park is no exception. At this local awarding winning sanitary you can get access to all of Australia’s best known and beautiful wildlife through tours both all day and at night. Open everyday all year (with the exception of Christmas) from 9:30am until 3pm visitors have access to the whole park and have opportunities to invest in extra and unique activities like walking a wombat or a dingo and working with staff to see all the behind the scene action. On top of all of this, Moonlit Sanctuary does lantern lit- evening tours where you can wander through the park at night and see all the animals in their nocturnal habits.
Apart from Arthur Seat lookout, another way to see stunning views of Mornington Peninsula is the Arthur Seat Eagle. Take an aerial gondolas up to the highest point in Mornington Peninsula. Experience 360 degree views of stunning Peninsula, with spectacular views across Philips Bay and toward the Melbourne Skyline. You can even travel up with your mountain bikes and ride back down to take in the view in a completely different way. Standard adult tickets return are $27 and one way are $20.50. You can even buy a $70 picnic packages and soak up the view for the day.
On the first saturday of the month (September - May) the Red Hill markets are bustling and have been since 1975. These markets are special with fresh produce, baked goods, home grown vegetables and other unique culinary experiences on offer. With stallholders known for their hospitality and knowledge any time at the market is time well spent. On top of incredible food and drink, there is also a great selection of plants and flowers and great quality crafts.
Restaurants, Bars & Cafes
Open from 7:00am Wednesday through Sunday, this Mornington Peninsula cafe is a must. With a calming outdoor ambiance and inventive dishes that focus on seasonal produce, this cafe and eatery provides healthy dishes to eat in or take home. Cooking classes are also available through the eatery offering you a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience cooking quality meals alongside top tier chefs.
Located in Red South Hill about a 25 minute drive from the center of Mornington, this wide set vineyard is a great spot to seek out. With lucious rolling hills and quality food and wine Montalto is a family friendly dining experience. You can join for a quick lunch, stroll through the 1500 acres of vineyard or enjoy a tranquil dinner in the outdoors.
Frequented by locals Mr Jackson is a popular spot for those in Mornington. Located on the main street and open 7 days a week from 7am - 3pm enjoy high quality food for decent prices. With copious amounts of options Mr Jackson offers a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. The coffee is also a local favourite and commuters often drop by Mr Jackson to pick up their morning brew.