A Melbourne Beach Holiday
This Summer I decided not to go overseas for my end of year vacation, as I often do. Instead I decided to holiday closer to home. My destination was only an hour’s drive from Melbourne to the coastal beach town of Dromana in Victoria, which is part of the glorious Mornington Peninsula. We are so privileged to have beautiful beaches near Melbourne. Here is where I basked in beach culture for a whole glorious week.
The rental house I stayed in was located at one of the highest points on the Mornington Peninsula, approximately 300m above sea level with spectacular views. The house itself was pretty damn spectacular too, superstar-worthy.
Dromana is one of the many lovely beach towns on the coast of Port Phillip Bay, 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.
To get to our 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.
Mornington Peninsula Region
The region is a favourite place for Melburnians to spend their Summer holidays during the December and January period. Many people rent or own holiday homes here. It attracts families and people of all ages. It 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.
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 just a few of the local highlights that you can enjoy in any weather.
Arthurs Seat Eagle
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.
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.
There are quite a few wineries found in Dromana and all around the Peninsula 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.
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.
You don’t always have to venture far to see fabulous sights and make wonderful memories; sometimes they are literally right on our doorstep. Hope you enjoyed my Melbourne holiday at Dromana beach.
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See ya later.