Located an hour’s drive south of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is home to world-class award-winning culinary and natural experiences, including Peninsula Hot Springs, which was crowned best Luxury Mineral Spring Spa in the world at last month’s World Luxury Spa Awards in Russia.
Home of American-style BBQ on the Peninsula. Established in a 900sq metre former truck mechanic in the picturesque Red Hill, Red Gum BBQ offers authentic, slow-smoked Southern-style BBQ cooking, along with the best selection of craft beer, cider and Mornington Peninsula wines. B Corp certified, Red Gum BBQ is committed to exclusively using free range and bred free range meats and using recyclable materials throughout the business. The family friendly venue, which includes a kids play area, features large share tables and an outdoor beer garden. 87 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 3156.
Many Little is a new all-day bistro, late night bar, cellar door and meeting place in Red Hill South. Polperro’s newest venture, the venue is dotted with intimate spaces but also boasts a beer garden in the open courtyard which overlooks the enviable views of the adjoining farmland. Open seven days a week, the menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, made up of produce sourced from Sam and Emma’s own estate, or from exclusive local organic supply partners. Featuring local crafted brews and an extensive range of cocktails, Many Little will also offer a specially curated wine list, showcasing local Victorian producers, as well as a cellar door offering the opportunity to experience a small selection of micro producers from the Peninsula. 159 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 2471.
The Good Food Guide's chef's hat rated Montalto restaurant on the Mornington Peninsula offers a warm and relaxing dining experience with seasonal local and estate-grown produce, cooked on the wood fire grill, central of the kitchen. Diners enjoy produce-driven food in an elegant setting with floor to ceiling windows taking advantage of the stunning outlook of vines, olive groves, sculpture, lakes and wetlands, with pasture, and a hint of the ocean as the backdrop. Visitors can enjoy an award-winning Montalto wine with real character from six vineyard sites across the Peninsula. 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 8412.
Point Leo Estate’s new marquee restaurant, Laura is an intimate and refined dining offering from Culinary Director Phil Wood in the setting of the famed sculpture park. Laura, named after the estate’s celebrated Jaume Plensa sculpture, offers a set menu that tells the story of the Mornington Peninsula. Diners can choose from four, five or six courses with the menu changing regularly as produce supply dictates. 3649 Frankston - Flinders Rd, Merricks. (03) 5989 9011.
Set on a magnificent 34-acre estate amid gardens, lawns and a vineyard at Lindenderry at Red Hill, The Dining Room was awarded 2 Hats in the 2019 Australian Good Food Guide Chef Hat Awards. The recently refurbished restaurant, which features floor to ceiling windows that frame the beautiful surrounds, will leave an enduring expression of the Mornington Peninsula and Red Hill gourmet region. Deliciously fresh, seasonal produce makes its way from paddock to plate in a classic European style before it is paired with the estate’s award winning Lindenderry Wines. 142 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 2933.
Jackalope Hotel’s debut property will open in the heart of Mornington Peninsula’s wine region in April. Its 46 rooms will be decked out with furniture by Melbourne designer Zuster and the floor to ceiling windows will connect guests with the rural surrounds. A seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd will be sit at the entrance, a prelude to the stunning artwork featured throughout the hotel. The property will be complete with a 30-metre infinity pool overlooking the vines, a poolside pavilion for spa treatments or private dining, fine dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot, and cellar door Rare Hare, which will showcase the product of the property’s own working winery. 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North, Victoria, 3937. (03) 9519 8900.
Stunning Polperro Winery nestled among the undulating vines, pine forest and towering gum trees of Red Hill is the location for a newly renovated Farmhouse accommodation designed in conjunction with renowned design firm Hecker Guthrie. The three-bedroom farmhouse is inspired by the 1950s era and brings the outside in with a fusion of country and beach-style aesthetic. This premium luxury accommodation provides a true rural Red Hill escape. A kitchen, an open fire place, luxury bath, extensive outdoor kitchen, extending to fire cooking facilities and a large chefs table and a fire pit are some of the features. All presented with an immaculate attention to detail. Three rooms comprised of one king bed and two queen beds, sleeping six guests total. 64 Donaldsons Rd, Red Hill, Victoria, 3937.
Set on 34 stunning acres of gardens and vines, the 40 room luxury boutique hotel is ideally positioned to soak up the spectacular Mornington Peninsula. The elegant and spacious rooms and suites feature heavenly cloud top beds and sweeping views of the wondrous surrounds. The communal gathering spaces come alive in both winter and summer alike and are ideal for enjoying a glass of Pinot or Chardonnay beside a crackling open fire. Visitors can wander the property to discover an indoor pool, sauna, tennis courts and endless paths to walk. 142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 2933.
In this rare and raw location, visitors can experience one of the most special corners of Victoria. A rugged wilderness formed by the elements, and a beautiful new resort shaped by the landscape around it. Where an invigorating hike along the Cape’s dramatic coastline can be followed by an indulgent spa afternoon. Cap off the night at the Cape Restaurant for locally-sourced food and wine. Both body and mind are refreshed and re-centered at Cape Schanck Resort. Golf enthusiasts can play at the championship 18-hole par-70 golf course, or fill the lungs with fresh, salty air, and relax with a luxurious spa treatment or hydrotherapy in One Spa. 142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, Victoria, 3937. (03) 5989 2933.
The award-winning natural hot springs and day spa in Fingal is an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis. Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally inspired bathing experiences, which includes a new fire and ice experience, a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. The Spa Dreaming Centre, for guests 16 years and older, is a sanctuary that features thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pool, massaging bamboo showers. 140 Springs Lane, Fingal, Victoria, 3939. (03) 5950 8777.
Pt. Leo Estate is a captivating celebration of internationally acclaimed art, design and world-class dining and wine, providing the most sought-after cultural and culinary experience in Australia. Set amid the spectacular views of the vineyard, pastoral land, Western Port Bay and Phillip Island, Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park. The 16.55-acre sculpture park houses an ever-evolving array of over 60 Australian and international pieces set against the stunning backdrop of Phillip Island and Western Port. Visitors can cap off a walk around the park with a wine tasting in the cellar door or a bite to eat in the two restaurants, including Laura. 3649 Frankston - Flinders Road, Merricks, Victoria, 3916. (03) 5989 9011.
Soar the heights of the Mornington Peninsula with scenic views across Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne, around the coast and beyond on the Arthur Seat Eagle. Gliding quietly through the sky in a gondola, enjoy uninterrupted views, framed by swaying gum trees and birdsong, grazing kangaroos and the trace of distant coastlines. At the summit, visitors will find The Eagle Café to sit with a coffee and a snack or even a local wine or beer with amazing views. 1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Base Station, Dromana, Victoria, 3936. (03) 5987 0600.
...and of course drink!
It wouldn’t be a culinary paradise without an array of wineries, breweries and distilleries. The region is home to world-class maritime Pinot Noir with quality cellar door experiences, including Main Ridge Estate, Port Phillip Estate, Ten Minutes by Tractor, Paringa Estate and Stonier Wines, plus many more. Behind the Peninsula's winery backdrop is a growing crop of artisanal brewers such as Jetty Road Brewery, St Andrews Beach Brewery, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Red Hill Brewery, Dainton Brewery and new gluten free producer TWØBAYS Brewing Co. Visitors can get into the spirit with a gin tasting or masterclass at the new Bass & Flinders home or Chief’s Son Distillery for hand-craft small batch Single Malt Whisky.
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