The Mornington Peninsula, situated about an hour from Melbourne, offers a unique combination of the country’s historic authenticity and the insane beauty of the sea. With its pristine beaches, this stunning destination is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts, including surfers, swimmers, divers, anglers, and windsurfers.
For those who love the countryside, the Mornington Peninsula offers a wide range of activities such as horse riding, local farmers’ markets, and more than 50 wineries and 200 vineyards for wine enthusiasts. The region is also family-friendly, with mazes, indoor and outdoor playgrounds, mini-golf, swimming options, sports facilities, an animal farm, and many other attractions for children.
Historically, the Mornington Peninsula was home to the Mayone-bulk and Boonwurrung-Balluk clans and formed part of the Boonwurrung nation’s territory before European settlement. While much of the peninsula has been cleared for agriculture and settlements, some areas of the native ecology remain in the south and west, with the Mornington Peninsula National Park protecting some of these areas.
With a year-round population of around 163,847 people, the peninsula is a local tourist region, particularly popular with residents of Melbourne who flock to its shores to camp, rent villas, or stay in private beach houses. In the summer, the population swells to around 225,000-250,000 people, making it Victoria’s most populous coastal holiday area.
The peninsula boasts a variety of natural attractions, including sheltered and open-sea beaches, scenic sights, and views, as well as man-made attractions such as wineries and mazes. With its diverse array of water sports opportunities, made possible by the calm waters of Port Phillip and Western Port, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect holiday destination for visitors of all ages.