Visiting the Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula is a region southeast of Melbourne in the Australian state of Victoria. Many tourists visit the region to sample some of the marvellous beaches, wineries and to enjoy the fantastic outdoor activities available.
There are several national parks with unsurpassed beauty with trails for hiking, horse-riding and cycling. The interior of the peninsula is home to numerous wineries and farms that produce a wide variety of delicious produce including cheese, fruit, olives and honey.
The Mornington Peninsula is only around one hour's drive from Bendigo and is ideal to visit by coach charter or mini bus hire.
There are three main areas to find some of the most spectacular beaches in Victoria; Port Phillip Bay, Westernport Bay and the Ocean beaches.
In Port Phillip Bay there are eleven excellent beaches to choose from including; Frankston, Mornington, Mount Martha, Rosebud, Rye, Safety Beach, Sorrento Front Beach and Portsea Front Beach.
Around the Westernport Bay area you can find; Merricks Beach, Balnarring Beach and Somers Beach. These three beaches are all safe, sandy and family friendly.
Finally there is the ocean beaches, with five very popular resorts; Portsea Surf Beach, Sorrento Ocean Beach, Flinders Ocean Beach, Shoreham Beach and Point Leo Surf Beach.
The peninsula and it's vineyards are famous and you can visit the cellar door to taste the wine and eat the local produce.
There are more than 50 wineries that offer cellar door facilities, this is one of the hottest spots in Australia to indulge your tippling. The top grape varieties produced in the Peninsula are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay but there are also some stellar Shiraz, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio.
Quite a few wineries are also branching out into other fields such as home made cider and distilling gin, vodka and grappa.
That is why it is advisable to do your wine trekking with a coach charter including a driver.
Wine, Food, Farmgate Trail
To get a real feeling about the Mornington Peninsula and what it produces then a good idea is to follow the wine, food and farmgate trail. That way you can eat, forage, sip, shop, learn and tour the very best the region has to offer.
In the winter you can forage through the hinterland for seasonal produce and at the end of the day warm up with a meal beside the fireside enjoying a glass or two overlooking the wondrous countryside.
Before you start your tour it is advisable to find out more about the Wine Food Farmgate Trail, simply pick up a Trail map and lookout for the trail logo as your coach driver drives you around the region.
Winery Restaurants and Cafes
The choice of top quality food is hard to beat in all Australia, with seasonal produce playing a major part in the region's food culture. Most of the ingredients have been grown and raised on the peninsula including wine, beer and cider.
Snack or dine overlooking the sea, a private lake or a vineyard. And if it is fine dining that you prefer, five of the best in Victoria are to be found here.
They have all won Chef 's Hats, so the dining experience is top notch and what is offered on the plate is sublime. Most are winery restaurants so you can sample the wines to go with your meal beforehand.
The Mornington Peninsula is a fantastic part of Australia to visit and has a wide choice of activities and things to do, the only thing to remember is to give yourself enough time to explore everything.
If you fancy the idea of organising a trip or tour to the Mornington Peninsula then Bendigo Coachlines will be glad to assist.
For more information and to make your booking, contact our friendly team today!