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Introduction to the Mornington Peninsula

For more than 100 years the Mornington Peninsula has been a favourite holiday playground of Melburnians and other visitors who happened to stumble upon the narrow neck of land forming the eastern shore of Port Phillip, just south of Melbourne.

Traditionally famed for its sweeping 45km crescent of bayside beaches, the Peninsula's fame now also revolves around its cool climate wine industry, concentration of famed golf courses, galleries and quality markets, providing it with a truly year-round appeal.

Despite its new found status, the Peninsula can still boast having one of regional Victoria's greatest concentrations of man-made attractions and things to do, including exploration of Victoria's most popular national park.

The busy summer beaches of Port Phillip Bay are contrasted by the quieter coves of Western Port Bay, while its southern boundary is pounded by the forces of Bass Strait, culminating at the turbulent entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

As the site of Victoria's first European settlement (1803), remnants of its past glories can still be found throughout the region: grand mansions, pioneering homesteads and the imposing buildings of Sorrento and Mornington.

Located only one hour south of Melbourne's CBD, the Peninsula can also be reached from the Great Ocean Road by car and passenger ferry from Queenscliff.



Information Centres


Peninsula Visitor Information Centre,
Nepean H’way


Information Centre,
Main St Mornington (03) 5975 1644
and rear Court House Gallery, 2 Main St


For information regarding Frankston
Events - 9784 1988