Mornington Beach, Mornington Peninsula Tourism Inc

Population 20821

Mornington was once the hub of the Mornington Peninsula, which is the reason this long arm of land was eventually given the same name. Today Melbourne's urban sprawl has just about reached the town, and it has virtually become a suburb. It still retains a seaside village ambience, particularly with a historic courthouse and post office museum that provide a glimpse of the past. The Rocks restaurant on the harbour provides a stunning view over the famous yachts. In the distance, colourful bathing boxes line Mills Beach.

Visitor Information

Point Nepean Rd, Dromana; (03) 5987 3078 or 1800 804 009

Nearby national parks

  • Kinglake National Park

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  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

Nearby towns

  • Flinders VIC

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  • Sorrento

    Just inside Port Phillip Heads on the Mornington Peninsula, in 1803 Sorrento was the site of Victoria's first European settlement. The town...more

  • Cowes

    Situated on the north side of Phillip Island, Cowes is its major town. It is linked to the Mornington Peninsula by a passenger ferry service...more

In Town

Historic Mornington Pier: built in the 1850s, the pier remains popular today for walks and fishing.

Gallery: print and drawing collection, including works by Dobell, Drysdale and Nolan; open Tues–Sat; Dunns Rd.

World of Motorcycles Museum: Tyabb Rd.

Old post office: now home to a local history display; Cnr Main St and The Esplanade.

Mornington Tourist Railway: 10 km journey on steam train; departs from cnr Yuilles and Watt rds; 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sun each month, with additional trips running on Thurs in Jan.


Arthurs Seat State Park At 309 m, Arthurs Seat is the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula. The summit can be reached by foot or vehicle and offers panoramic views of the bay and surrounding bushland. Picnic facilities and a restaurant are on the summit. There are many short walks, plus the historic Seawinds Park with gardens and sculptures. The Enchanted Maze Garden is set in superb gardens, with a variety of mazes and the Maize Maze Festival in Feb–Apr. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963; Arthurs Seat Rd, near Dromana; 16 km SW.

Mornington Peninsula wine region Featuring many boutique wineries, the peninsula’s signature styles are chardonnay and pinot noir, with shiraz, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc also grown here. Paringa Estate repeatedly receives gold medals for its pinot noir, while Stonier creates beautiful chardonnay. Plenty of the wineries also have excellent restaurants, pairing food and wine with great views. Red Hill Estate is one of the biggest wineries on the peninsula and features a much-applauded restaurant, Max’s at Red Hill Estate. Salix restaurant at Willow Creek offers a cosy dining room. At Montalto, the acclaimed restaurant is set in a large, light-filled piazza with beautiful views of the vineyard and modern sculpture displays. The latest restaurant to receive rave reviews is at Ten Minutes By Tractor, where both international and the winery’s own wines are matched to the wonderfully flavoursome dishes. For something different, you can tour the wineries by horseback (Spring Creek Farm, 356 Shands Rd, Main Ridge, (03) 5989 6119).

Mount Martha: here is The Briars with a significant collection of Napoleonic artefacts and furniture. The town also features many gardens, plus wetlands great for birdwatching and bushland walks; 7 km S.

Ballam Park: historic, French-farmhouse-style homestead built in 1845; open Sun; Cranbourne Rd, Frankston; 14 km NE.

Mulberry Hill: former home of artist Sir Daryl Lindsay and author Joan Lindsay, who wrote Picnic at Hanging Rock; open Sun afternoons; Golf Links Rd, Baxter; 14 km NE.

Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre: Australia's largest collection of antiques and collectibles; Mornington–Tyabb Rd, Tyabb; 16 km E.

Hastings: coastal town on Western Port with 2 km walking trail through wetlands and mangrove habitat; 21 km SE.

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park: wildlife park featuring endangered native Australian animals; visit 11am–5pm or take an evening tour; night tour bookings on (03) 5978 7935; 550 Tyabb–Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale; 24 km E.

Beaches: the stretch of coast between Mornington and Mount Martha features sheltered, sandy bays popular with holiday-makers.

Fishing spots near town

Carrum 18 km

The Launching Way boat ramp facility at Carrum is the best in the bay but during snapper season anglers who haven’t launched their boats and parked their cars by about 6am have to go elsewhere. Managed by Parks... Find out more

Patterson River 19 km

The Patterson River is well known for bream, and walking and bike tracks on both sides of the river offer ease of access for bank fishing. The most productive waters are in the marinas between the Mornington Peninsula... Find out more

Middle Spit 24 km

One of the most popular destinations for boating anglers is the Middle Spit, located along the western shore of French Island. Regarded as a whiting hotspot, it’s just a matter of knowing where to go and the tide... Find out more

Snapper Spots 24 km

Many snapper anglers prefer to concentrate along the edges of the main shipping channels. The deep water running along the western shore of Phillip Island from the Nobbies to Cowes (Buoys 1–13) is a proven snapper... Find out more

St Leonards 28 km

One of the most vivid memories for me was the sight of Tilley lanterns glowing along the front of the old ramshackle pier at St Leonards during spring. During the 1970s, from October through November, this sight was... Find out more

Indented Head 29 km

A major difference between Indented Head and most other areas of Port Phillip Bay is that it has small inshore reefs mixed with grass beds. Boats dominate the fishing scene and a dual boat ramp with mooring jetty is... Find out more

Cowes to Cat Bay 29 km

Cowes to Cat Bay, along Phillip Island, is a popular area for anglers chasing whiting, squid, snapper and gummy shark. Cowes jetty, a favourite with holidaymakers, is a productive platform that often produces elephant... Find out more

Swan Bay 32 km

Swan Bay is a small offshoot of Port Phillip Bay. The southern extremity is marked by the Queenscliff marina, the northern extremity by Edwards Point. A large portion of the bay is designated a marine park and off-limits... Find out more

Queenscliff 33 km

Queenscliff harbour has a solid reputation for mullet, silver trevally and salmon. In some years, large runs of couta can be enjoyed in the harbour, and garfish are a common late-autumn visitor. On the debit side, the... Find out more

Portsea to Point Nepean 33 km

The annual salmon migration into the bay is part of a chain of fish migrations including snapper and baitfish species such as sandy sprats and pilchards, as well as krill. For the salmon, it isn’t so much the need... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Swim with dolphins, Sorrento 29 km

In the warmer six months of the year, the eco-accredited Moonraker Charters will help you get in the water, swimming alongside Australian fur-seals and bottlenose dolphins. Of course, swimming is not compulsory on the... Find out more

Kayaking on Phillip Island 31 km

For a great way to start the day, join a kayaking breakfast tour at Phillip Island Holiday Hire, which starts with a 45-minute paddle from Cowes and includes a civilised breakfast at a cafe. There is also a Devonshire... Find out more

Marine Discovery Centre, Queenscliff 33 km

Primarily set up to educate school children about the marine environment, this government-run facility also has an interesting holiday program and an interactive aquarium and touch tanks. Holiday activities include... Find out more

Wildlife-watching - Phillip Island 36 km

Phillip Island is best known for the little penguins that come ashore every night (bookings essential). But spend time exploring the area and you will find Seal Rocks, with Australia’s largest colony of fur-seals,... Find out more

Cycling around Melbourne 43 km

Melbourne has an active cycling community that has helped develop and establish some great routes and a network of cycle paths. One of the best sources of information is Bicycle Victoria. One option is to hop on the Main... Find out more

Indigenous tours - Melbourne 45 km

To grasp what Melbourne was like before the skyscrapers arrived you can take a two-hour Koori Heritage Trust walking tour. You will gain an insight into Indigenous history and the natural and cultural landscape of the... Find out more

Mountain-biking around Melbourne 46 km

With 20 kilometres of tracks developed by the Mountain Bike Association of Australia, Lysterfield Lake Park has something for all standard of mountain-biker, including family-friendly loops and exciting single-track... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Long Island Country Club 13 km

Long Island, arguably the most underrated course on the Melbourne sandbelt, deserves higher and wider acclaim. The sandy, undulating land where the course now lies began last century as Frankston Racecourse. And what ... Find out more

Peninsula Country Golf Club (South Course) 14 km

A round at either of Peninsula’s two courses is always an enjoyable mental and physical challenge. Upon finishing his remodelling of the North course, Mike Clayton turned his attention to the South,... Find out more

Peninsula Country Golf Club (North Course) 14 km

Although the Peninsula Country Golf Club boasts a history dating back to the 1920s, the two courses that now lie across its sandy landscape did not come into being until decades later. Both the North (opened in 1967)... Find out more

The Sandhurst Club (Champions Course) 21 km

The Champions course at Sandhurst is the latest addition to the Melbourne sandbelt portfolio. Officially opened for play in 2008, it was designed by Peter Thomson and Ross Perrett, the same duo who created the... Find out more

Settlers Run Golf & Country Club 21 km

Throughout his playing days Greg Norman drew huge crowds eager to witness his incredible ball-striking. Confidently striding the fairways, his mere presence made him one of the game’s biggest ever drawcards. He... Find out more

Amstel Golf Club (Ranfurlie course) 21 km

Like a good single-malt Scotch whisky, some golf courses are appreciated more once they have aged. When Amstel Golf Club was looking to expand beyond its 18-hole Park course, it commissioned Mike Clayton to design a ... Find out more

The Sandhurst Club (North Course) 22 km

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson has strong ties to Scotland, the home of golf. Not only was it the scene of some of his greatest triumphs but he spends several months a year living there. So it should... Find out more

Woodlands Golf Club 25 km

Woodlands is one of the Melbourne sandbelt’s oldest courses, and since expanding to an 18-hole layout in 1917 it has also had a reputation for being one of the finest. That reputation is starting to spread as... Find out more

Moonah Links (Legends Course) 26 km

The Legends course might have been the second course built at Australian golf’s new home, but it was so well received by golfers that today it is regarded as the better of the two. The course officially opened... Find out more

Moonah Links (Open course) 26 km

When Australian golf’s governing body decided in 1998 to shift its operations to a custom-built facility on some Mornington Peninsula farmland, many golfers reckoned it an ambitious move. But the Australian Golf... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Afghan Marcopolo

For more than 15 years the Shakoor family has been treating appreciative locals to their terrific family-style Afghan cuisine. Dishes are designed to be shared so you can taste the wide variety of flavours on offer.... Find out more

Brass Razu Wine Bar

Brass Razu’s patrons have a lot of fun amid the baroque, old-world decor of leather banquettes, velvet couches and chandeliers. Ask for a Long Island iced tea and the five-white-spirits cocktail arrives in a lovely... Find out more

The Rocks

Attached to the Mornington Yacht Club and adjacent to the Mornington pier, this is the place to be in summer – either on the casual cafe deck or inside in the more formal but relaxed restaurant, with views... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Red Hill Brewery 19 km

Becoming hop farmers wasn’t part of their business plan when David and Karen Golding first applied to develop a microbrewery and cafe from their Mornington Peninsula property. Ultimately, though, they were advised... Find out more

Matilda Bay Garage Brewery 25 km

Previously operating as the Stockade Brewery, this South Dandenong-based microbrewery was acquired by the Foster’s-owned Matilda Bay Brewing in 2004 and re-badged as their ‘garage’ brewery. Then head... Find out more

2 Brothers Brewery 31 km

A microbrewery is not exactly what you might expect to find tucked away among panel-beaters and sheet-metal fabricators in the industrial estates of Moorabbin, 20 minutes south-east of Melbourne. While the location may... Find out more

Mountain Goat Brewery 45 km

Kicking off in 1997, home-brewer Dave Bonighton and music industry booking agent Cam Hines proved that two good mates can start a successful microbrewery with no money, but with unlimited enthusiasm, dogged perseverance... Find out more

Foster's Group (Abbotsford Brewery) 46 km

Re-branded as the Foster’s Group in the 21st century, Carlton & United Breweries was formed in 1907 through an amalgamation of the city’s six largest beer-makers: McCrackens City Brewery, Victoria... Find out more

Campsites around town

Rosebud Foreshore Reserve camping area 20 km

There are literally hundreds of campsites scattered throughout the Rosebud Foreshore Reserve, which stretches for 7 km between Anthonys Nose in McCrae to Chinamans Creek in Rosebud West. Wander along the bayfront or take... Find out more

Balnarring Koala B Reserve 20 km

Located opposite the Balnarring General Store, the Koala B Reserve is one of 3 beachside parks here. It comprises a nicely laid-out campground that’s only a hop, skip and a jump from the beach – for the... Find out more

Balnarring East Beach C Reserve 20 km

This is the easternmost of the 3 beach reserves at Balnarring – you can get to it from Feathers Rd. It’s just over some dunes from yet another idyllic beach in this area, where swimmers and members of the... Find out more

Balnarring South Beach A Reserve 20 km

South Beach A is accessed via Mason Smith Rd. It’s opposite a protected beach that’s ideal for young children, and there’s also a toddlers’ playground to keep the under-five brigade amused. Keep... Find out more

Capel Sound Foreshore Reserve camping areas 22 km

There’s plenty on offer for water lovers at Capel Sound, including fishing, swimming, canoeing and boating, the latter aided by a boat launch. Note: Tootgarook is only open seasonally Nov–Apr, while... Find out more

Point Leo Foreshore camping area 22 km

There are plenty of activities for campers on the Point Leo foreshore. Top of the list is a refreshing dip just off the beach or a surf at one of the 7 local breaks. Canoeing, fishing and waterfront strolls will also... Find out more

Shoreham Foreshore Reserve camping area 23 km

You can camp all year long at this restful foreshore reserve. Take long walks along the nearby cliffs, cool off in the waters of Western Port, or spend the afternoon sampling fine vintages at a local winery.... Find out more

Fairhaven camping area (walk-in camping) 25 km

The Fairhaven campsites are in a beautiful natural setting on the western shore of French Island, 5 km north of Tankerton off Coast Rd. It’s a great spot to kick back for a few days. While you have your feet up,... Find out more

Rye Foreshore camping area 25 km

There are 300 sites at Rye Foreshore Reserve, which are split between 2 areas: Rye East and Rye West. Needless to say, there’s lots of activity in the area during peak holiday periods, when you may want to consider... Find out more

St Leonards Foreshore caravan and camping area 29 km

You can camp in two parks on the foreshore at St Leonards, off The Esplanade. This is a useful base from which to explore the other lovely towns of the Bellarine Peninsula, or you can just sit and stare across placid... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Frankston Holiday Park 10 km

This is a good quality park in the far outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It is a great base for those exploring the Mornington Peninsula or those connecting with the Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Dandenong Tourist Park 25 km

Just 6 km south of Dandenong, this is a good quality park, ideal for those wanting to stay on the eastern side of Melbourne. It is very close to the Jayco factory. Bookings are required in peak times and a minimum-stay... Find out more

Bellarine Bayside Holiday Parks - Portarlington 37 km

This beachfront park with a large number of powered sites is a very popular summerholiday park on a safe, bayside beach, with loads of appeal for families. The park has extensive facilities and is just 1.25 km from the... Find out more

BIG4 Beacon Resort 37 km

This award-winning establishment has all the trimmings you would expect of a park of this quality, including an indoor heated swimming pool and tennis courts. It is just a short walk to the beach. Bookings are required... Find out more

Wantirna Park 44 km

This is a large park with a limited number of tourist sites. Located in the eastern suburbs, its facilities include tennis courts and a recreation room. It is good value. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Riverview Family Caravan Park 46 km

This is a large holiday park with a long frontage to the Barwon River. It is popular with families during summer. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and long weekends, with a minimum-length stay period during... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Glynt Manor

This gracious manor house was originally built as a family holiday home overlooking Port Phillip Bay. Over the years it changed hands and for more than 25 years now it has been a boutique hotel nestled in its English-... Find out more

George’s Boutique B&B & Culinary Retreat

You don’t have to be a budding chef to stay at this Mornington Peninsula retreat; nor do you have to book into one of their gourmet cooking classes – but indeed cooking packages are available. Accommodation... Find out more

Morning Star Estate

This gracious century-old mansion overlooks hectares of vines and beautiful gardens that are amassed with 50,000 rose bushes in bloom in summer. Built originally as a holiday retreat, it more recently was a boys’... Find out more

Woodman Estate

This 20-hectare estate comprises a boutique hotel and spa retreat located halfway between Mount Martha and Hastings at Moorooduc. The two-storey gracious manor house would look at home in the pages of the English Country... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Alto Hotel on Bourke 45 km

Although it is not doing anything radical, this plush hotel on Bourke Street is one of the most ecologically aware in Melbourne, and should be commended for its power-saving measures, garbage sorting, supply of... Find out more

What's on around town

Street Market: Main St; each Wed.

Mornington Racecourse Craft Market: 2nd Sun each month.

RACV Vintage Car Rally: Jan.

Mornington Food and Wine Festival: Oct.

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