Backpacking the Mornington Peninsula

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Mornington Peninsula Highlights

  • There are a host of great beaches to choose from on the Peninsula. You have the protected calm, white sandy beaches with their turquoise waters on the bay side. Alternatively, on the ocean side, there are the surf beaches that can produce some quality waves.

  • Port Phillip Bay is home to some great temperate water snorkelling and scuba diving. Here you will find a diverse and unique range of marine life and a variety of habitats. It is also home to a good range of shipwrecks, including the Ex Australian Navy HMAS Canberra.

  • Take a boat cruise to swim with wild Bottle Nose Dolphins, or to go view the local Australian Fur Seal population.

  • Explore Mornington Peninsula National Park's diverse coastal environments, which range from the basalt cliffs at Cape Schanck to the native bushland of Greens Bush and the roaring surf of Gunnamatta.

  • Head to Point Nepean National Park, which is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The park has some great views of Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait and the stunning coastal scenery.

  • There are many outstanding wineries to visit in the Mornington Peninsula with around 50 cellar doors.

About the Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula has long been a holiday playground for Melbourne locals and is home to ocean surf beaches, calm bay beaches, secluded bays, rugged headlands and lookouts with great views and the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

It is also a great place for lovers of great food and who like a drink, as there are plenty of excellent places to eat and many excellent wineries and quality pubs to visit.

Of all the resort towns dotted along the Mornington Peninsula, Sorrento is probably the most popular. The small town really comes to life in the summer months, as it has great surrounding bay and surf beaches, and a casual relaxed atmosphere, with its many cafes and village shopping. It is also an excellent base to explore some of the spectacular scenery of the nearby Mornington Peninsula and Point Nepean National Parks.

There are plenty of activities available around the Mornington Peninsula. Some of these include beach horse rides, sea kayaking, bushwalking, surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, hot springs, dolphin swims and some of Australia's finest golf courses.

Orientation Map for the Mornington Peninsula


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Peninsula Visitor Information Centre

359B Point Nepean Rd
Dromana, Victoria
Phone 1800 804 009
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