ON VICTORIA'S MORNINGTON PENINSULA
Melbourne, Australia, is fortunate to have many wonderful beaches nearby that provide the perfect beach setting for Summer holidays. The glorious Mornington Peninsula is one of my favourite getaway locations, just a short drive south of the city of Melbourne. Locals like myself, and tourists, swarm here in the warmer weather, at any opportunity, either to enjoy a day trip of sun and sand, or a longer vacation.
There are various coastal beach towns to stay at, offering all manor of accommodation. We are spoiled for choice. Houses, apartments, hotels, caravan parks and even camping on the foreshore, are available options at the many locations all along the peninsula.
Dromana is one of the many beach towns here overlooking Port Phillip Bay and a perfect place to enjoy the Summer.
Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula
Dromana is located between Safety Beach and Arthurs Seat. It has long been a popular summer holiday destination for its marvellous sandy foreshores, clear water and plenty of seaside fun and adventure.
Our house at Dromana
If you’re looking for a little taste of luxury on your beach vacation, you will certainly love this Airbnb house I stayed at. Located at one of the highest points on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 300m above sea level with spectacular views, this large 4 bedroom house was absolutely delightful.
To get to our Airbnb house for the week, we had to drive up a very long, steep, winding driveway, which was like a nature park. We actually saw 2 kangaroos on the property.
A gorgeous, modern two-storey villa greeted us, perched up high, overlooking almost the whole Bay. WOW. I was almost speechless.
This large beach house with open-plan living, had an indoor swimming pool, 2 hot tubs, and huge balconies from which to enjoy the panoramic view. You could even see the city directly opposite on the other side of the bay. The night views were amazing too with lights all around the coastline. The photos really don’t do it justice.
Waking up to this in the mornings was like a dream. I really didn’t want to leave the house and go anywhere. Why would I? With this magnificent location and spectacular view to soak up. I just couldn’t get enough of it.
And what better way to take it all in, than with a glass of Australian wine, of course. Just perfect.
About the Mornington Peninsula Region
The peninsula faces Port Phillip Bay on one side, Western Port Bay on the other, and Bass Strait at the foot. Both ocean beaches and protected beaches are popular with a variety of waves and scenery.
The region is very busy in Summer holidays during the December and January period. Many people rent or own holiday homes here. It attracts families and people of all ages and is very popular for an array of water activities, such as boating/sailing, fishing, jet-skiing, surfing, swimming and scuba-diving.
The beaches are lined with many colourful little boat sheds, or beach huts, which are iconic to the area and are much-loved features of the Australian coastal resorts. These cute little boxes are privately owned storage facilities for boats, umbrellas, beach chairs and the like, and some are even fully fitted out with furniture to make it a comfortable way to enjoy the beach and entertain guests. Believe it or not, they are quite expensive pieces of real estate, situated right on prime land and with the best view. However, they are strictly not for habitation.
I’ve spent many summer holidays on the coast with family and friends at various other hot spots along this coastline, such as Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Rye.
Camping in tents or caravans on the foreshores is also, for many, a fun way to holiday here, right on the beach. But it’s only permitted in the designated caravan parks and camping grounds.
Guide to the Mornington Peninsula region
There is plenty on offer all along this stretch of coast and the neighbouring towns, other than just beach and water activities, especially since Melbourne’s weather is unpredictable. Basically, there are days in Summer when it’s not that warm, so you will want to entertain yourself in other ways.
I’m going to give you a few of the local highlights that you can enjoy in any weather, all year round.
1. Arthurs Seat Eagle Chairlift
Right next to the house I rented is the Arthurs Seat Eagle Ride, which provides a fun and exciting way to enjoy the scenery, with gondola cabin rides up and down the hillside. It is pretty awesome and is a fabulous experience gliding through the treetops like an eagle. The blue gondolas fly over the forest and wildlife, towards the Bay, giving you literally a bird’s-eye view. No need to book, just turn up.
2. Peninsula Hot Thermal Springs
This is one of my favourite attractions on the Mornington Peninsula. The Hot Springs are located in Rye in a beautiful serene natural bush setting. I love this place for its therapeutic qualities and the tranquil environment. Be warned though, the pools are very hot, with the water temperature set at between 34 to 42 degrees celsius. But your body adjusts quickly to the temperature.
The natural spring pools and private areas are well designed and sheltered so you don’t notice a lot of people around you. Hopping from pool to pool and trying the different therapies on offer is wonderful. There is no time limit, i.e. you can bathe as long as you like. You can even go in the evening, for a lovely romantic outing.
It is a wonderfully soothing and calming experience for all of us busy, stressed souls. I thoroughly recommend it.
Enjoy the cafe and other spa treatments, if you wish. Definitely book prior to going, so you don’t miss out, as it is very popular. Allow a few hours and you will leave feeling rejuvenated.
What better way to enjoy your holiday at the Mornington Peninsula than by visiting one of the wineries in the region. The climate is apparently perfect for wine growing, as around 200 wine makers here agree.
The Trofeo Estate Winery in Dromana is a divine setting inland from the beach. I luncheoned at their charming barn-like restaurant and sampled a drop or three. Just research, you know (wink).
Another popular one here is Crittenden Estate Wines.
Be sure to read my Melbourne Wineries article for some others.
Tours I recommend of the Mornington Peninsula
4. Shopping and eating at Mornington Peninsula
The best shopping in the region by far is Main Street in Mornington, as it offers the most in retail stores and plenty of cafe/restaurants to choose from for your dining/drinking pleasure.
Another great shopping strip is Sorrento’s Ocean Beach Road. Many great little restaurants and shops are here for your enjoyment. It has the world-famous vanilla slice shop. Not to be missed.
I hope you enjoyed reading about my holiday at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula.
I’d love you to leave any comments below.