Things to do on the Mornington Peninsula this winter
While the summer season is when crowds from Melbourne and beyond flock to the Mornington Peninsula, the peninsula also makes an incredibly cosy winter getaway spot.
Here are our top tips on ways to enjoy the Mornington Peninsula in the wintertime.
Stay: Lindenderry at Red Hill
Nestled in the Peninsula’s stunning hinterland region, Lindenderry is all things cosy and luxurious. The beautifully-appointed rooms have been designed in collaboration with renowned Melbourne design studio Hecker Guthrie to reflect their beautiful natural surrounds, and the property itself is within easy distance of the Peninsula’s many cellar doors.
Be sure to: Make time to read by the fire.
142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, 3937
Play: Arthur’s Seat Eagle
See the Peninsula from a new perspective while seated in a gondola as you glide down the incredible Arthur’s Seat – a vantage point with arguably the best views in the region, if not the state.
Be sure to: Grab a jaw-dropping photo of Port Phillip Bay.
795 Arthurs Seat Rd, Arthurs Seat, 3936
One of the Peninsula’s newest drawcards, Jackalope has two dining options: fine-dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot and the more casual but just-as-delicious Rare Hare.
Be sure to: Take a photo with the giant “jackalope” (a mythical creature composed of a jackal and an antelope) on your way out.
166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North, 3926
Explore: Green Olive
With delectable food and local wine options – think warming winter share plates – Green Olive is a great spot to catch up with your special someone or the whole family.
Be sure to: Check out the trampoline, walk down to the lake and say hello to the resident kelpie.
1180 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge
Look: EVERYWHEN Artspace
EVERYWHEN is the new exhibiting space of McCulloch & McCulloch, of local institution Whistlewood Gallery. The space features acrylics, barks, ochres, works on paper and 3D from leading Indigenous Australian artists.
Be sure to: Ask the friendly staff any questions about the artworks, and maybe even take home a beautiful piece to adorn your wall and remind you of your time away.
1/39 Cook Street, Flinders, 3929
Indulge: Many Little
The little sister of the much-loved Polperro winery, Many Little is an intimate restaurant-bar that serves up sustainably-grown local produce. If you’re visiting on a weekend, you’ll have the option of enjoying brekky, while lunch is available Friday – Sunday and dinner every night.
Be sure to: Try a specialty cocktail.
2-5, 159 Shoreham Road, Red Hill, 3937
Wine: The Cups Estate
Conveniently situated a stone’s throw away from the hot springs, The Cups specialises in Pinot Noir and also makes Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Moscato and Pinot Menieur.
Be sure to: Appreciate the sweeping vista through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
269 Browns Road, Fingal, 3939
Wander: Pt. Leo Estate sculpture park
One of the Peninsula’s newest wineries, Point Leo Estate boasts not just views of Western Port Bay but also 1.9 kilometre and 3 kilometre walks through a sculpture park that features the likes of artists such as Deborah Halpern, Bruce Armstrong and Dean Bowen, among others.
Be sure to: Enjoy a wine tasting on the way through.
Pt. Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks, 3916
Unwind: Peninsula Hot Springs
Winter can be one of the most magical times to bathe in hot springs, seeing as the outside temperature is in stark contrast to the temperature of the pools. Nothing warms you to the depths of your core quite like a geothermal pool, and it’s just as beautiful in the falling rain as it is during winter sunshine.
Be sure to: Check out the Amphitheatre pools, and if there’s a wellness activity running during your visit.