Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula lies south of Melbourne, Australia forming the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.

Cities

Understand

The Peninsula is at its very best and busiest during the summer months but don't disregard the winter months altogether either. Walking the beaches that line Bass Straight in the cold grey months of winter, and being witness to the drama of the oceans fury is an experience you won't soon forget. Just bring a jacket! That said, spending a warm summers evening with some fish and chips on the foreshore watching the sun set with some friends is a great way to enjoy life.

Tourist Information

Get in

Surburban Trains leave from Melbourne to Frankston regularly, taking approximately one hour to Frankston (where they terminate). . Tickets can be purchased at train stations.

A train line operates from Frankston to Stony Point.

From Frankston Buses run to Portsea, the most western settlement on the Peninsula – 90 minutes and Mount Martha, Flinders and Hastings. Pay driver when boarding or use a pre-purchased ticket.

Timetables - see Peninsula Bus Lines and Portsea Passenger Services routes at bottom of page

Car/passenger ferries cross the mouth of Port Phillip Bay between Sorrento and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. They depart each terminal on the hour every hour 7AM-6PM every day. From 26 Dec. until end of daylight saving there are also 7PM sailings. Foot Passengers Adult $8 5-15 years $6 Under 5 years $1 Foot Passenger’s Bicycle $2, Tandem $3 Passengers with Vehicle Adult $4 5-15 years $2 Under 5 years $1 vehicle rates Vary with season – car up to 5.5m between $38 and $45.

There is also a passenger ferry that crosses Western Port Bay to Stony Point from French Island and Phillip Island.

Your own transport is handy for getting around the Mornington Peninsula as public transport and taxi services are limited beyond the centre of major towns.

There is only one major road down the peninsula, so you won't get lost.

See

Festivals

Special Events

Other Attractions

Itineraries

Do

Bowling

During daylight savings many bowling clubs run "Barefoot Bowls".

Golf

Surf

Tennis

Wineries and Vineyards

Other Stuff

Buy

Markets

Eat

Drink

There are many popular wineries of varying styles along the Mornington Peninsula. T'Gallant of 1385 Mornington Flinders Rd, Main Ridge is a good example of a funky place to eat and drink on a summer afternoon, often with live music.

Sleep

Stay safe

The Mornington Peninsula provides easy access to both the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay and the surf beaches of Bass Strait. The bay side is dotted with family friendly sandy beaches from Frankston in the north down to Sorrento on the southern tip of the Peninsula with foreshore camp grounds open in summer at the more popular Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rosebud and Rye beaches.

The ocean beaches (or "back" beaches) such as Gunnamatta, Portsea Surf Beach, Sorrento Back Beach, and St Andrews Beach provide big waves to attract surfers and the more intrepid. The ocean beaches can be dangerous and only for strong, competent swimmers. All swimmers should swim between the flags at patrolled surf beaches in the summer months. Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie features rock pools exposed at low tide which are safe for swimming.

The ocean beaches have single large waves on rare occasions. Standing on the rocks above the shoreline is not safe; people do get swept off on occasion.

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