Winter Treasures of the Mornington Peninsula
Winter is the perfect time to rug up and bask in the natural beauty of the Peninsula. With less crowds, there’s more opportunity to discover a treasure trove of unique experiences.
Peninsula Hot Springs
Fire & Ice Experience
There’s nothing more blissful than soaking in one of the Peninsula Hot Springs steaming mineral pools on a cold, wintry day. To really amp up the wintery fun, the Hot Springs have created a ‘Fire & Ice’ Experience – which involves moving between the hot saunas, the sub zero Ice Cave, the geothermal hot springs and cold plunge pools – all under the guidance of a trained instructor.
Learn and experience the key health benefits of the popular science of cold water immersion therapy. Available daily.
Point Nepean National Park
Cycle through Point Nepean National Park
It’s cheap and easy to hire a cycle or ebike to explore Point Nepean National Park. The cycling tracks are well maintained, and the terrain is generally smooth. Visit historic sites including the old Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean with its network of tunnels. Enjoy breathtaking lookout points where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay and see the infamous Cheviot Beach, the site where former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967.
eBikes can be booked ahead through Bayplay.
Whale Watching Hot Spots
Cape Schanck to Port Philip
During the winter months, the ocean from the Bass Strait coastline from Cape Schanck to Port Philip heads is a top spot to look out for southern right, humpback and killer whales as they pass by on their yearly migration. Watch for the ‘blow’ rather than flukes. Also hovering flocks of seabirds close the water surface are often a sign a whale is not far below.
Winter Wine Festival
This year’s Winter Wine Festival will be held on Saturday July 24 at the Red Hill Showgrounds. With such an abundance of varieties of Mornington Peninsula wine, it makes sense to sample as many as possible in the one place! At the festival, meet winemakers, learn about the unique climate and terroir that results in such diversity in the wines made from a single grape variety, particularly pinot noir, and the other local reds that really shine in winter.
It’s the perfect place to discover secret wineries, enjoy delicious food pairings, and decide on new cellar doors to visit throughout the year.
Hike, Bike, Drive or ‘Fly’ to Arthur’s Seat
The panoramic views from the top of Arthur’s Seat are so good they are definitely worth taking a two kilometre hike up the Bunurong Track (the start of the Two Bays Track). Park your car in Dromana at the Latrobe Parade carpark and set off on the sometimes steep sections as you ascend 300 metres to the peak. Another way to get to the top is to take a ride on ‘The Eagle’ gondola – you can even enjoy Foxeys Hangout Pinot Noir and Boatshed Cheese during your ‘flight’ or enjoy a Devonshire Tea at the Summit Café. The Eagle also offer a special deal for mountain-bikers with a lift up to the top so you can enjoy the thrill of ride down.
Going by car? The drive up is always breathtakingly scenic – for passengers – rather than drivers who have to concentrate on a series of hairpin bends that weave their way up the mountain, known as Wonga by the Bunurong people.
Explore beautiful Red Hill
Take a day trip to the beautiful Red Hill wine region, to a local favourite spot, Polperro. Nestled among the vines on a 25 acre property, reservations in the restaurant and cellar door will enjoy a seasonal menu in the intimate dining space. As beautiful in warmer months as it is in winter, it is a beautiful space to spend those cold afternoons. For casual drinking and dining, they have another venue nearby called Many Little Bar & Bistro.
For an extra special weekend experience, Polperro offer accomodation in their luxurious, 3 bedroom Farmhouse. The 1950’s holiday home has been newly renovated by renowned design firm Hecker Guthrie to create a picturesque environment for all visitors. A short walk across the paddock takes you to Polperro Winery and a short stroll to HotHut Yoga, a boutique studio located around the corner from the property, offering classes 7 days a week.
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