Discovering the Gems of the Mornington Peninsula
Separating the wild surf of Bass Strait from the calm waters of Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington Peninsula offers a diverse range of scenic landscapes, from coastal cliffs and sandy beaches to rolling vineyards and lush green countryside.
Each part of this magnificent region boasts its unique attractions, ensuring there's always something new to explore, whether you're a first-time visitor or a regular guest.
Nestled between Rye and Sorrento, Blairgowrie boasts serene bayside beaches and wild ocean surf. The tranquil environment makes it a favourite for those seeking a peaceful escape. The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron and marina add a touch of luxury, making it perfect for sailing enthusiasts and those who enjoy seaside dining. Though you do need to be a member or the guest of a member to dine at the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.
A picturesque blend of golden beaches and lush greenery, Mount Martha offers breathtaking views of the city skyline and the Mornington Peninsula coastline. Its village vibe and quaint cafes makes it appealing for those who want a mix of relaxation with a touch of cosmopolitan flair.
A serene and less crowded option, Fingal is home to Boneo Discovery Park, Peninsula Hot Springs, Alba Thermal Springs and Spa, and some of the peninsula's most pristine golf courses. It's an ideal spot for visitors looking for a quiet retreat combined with a touch of adventure.
Rye draws in both families and young travellers with its vibrant carnival atmosphere, especially during the summer months. The beaches are perfect for safe swimming, and the bustling shopping precinct offers something for everyone. It's a favourite for those seeking a lively beach holiday.
St Andrews Beach
With rugged coastal beauty, St Andrews Beach is renowned for its surf. The atmosphere here is laid-back and is most appealing to surfers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone looking to immerse themselves in the wilder side of the Mornington Peninsula.
Tootgarook, with its serene bay waters, is perfect for families and elderly couples. Its wetlands are perfect for bird watching, and the peaceful environment is a stark contrast to some of the busier spots, making it great for a tranquil escape.
The heart of the peninsula, Mornington, characterised by its Victorian architecture and vibrant Main Street, offers a blend of culture, shopping, and beachside fun. Regular markets, waterfront restaurants, and cafes make it ideal for those who love a bustling yet coastal atmosphere.
As one of the peninsula's most sophisticated destinations, Sorrento is known for its upmarket boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. The historic charm combined with a contemporary feel attracts a mix of travellers, from families to couples seeking a romantic backdrop.
The playground for Melbourne's elite, Portsea has an exclusive and upscale atmosphere. Its cliff-top mansions, ocean-facing beaches, and the iconic Portsea Hotel make it popular for those who appreciate the finer things in life.
With family-friendly beaches, sprawling parks, and camping sites, Rosebud is the go-to for traditional family holidays. Its long pier, festivals, and events throughout the year make it a hub of activity for visitors of all ages.
With each of the popular locations on the Mornington Peninsula offering a unique atmosphere, it is easy to see why it is such a popular holiday destination. Every traveller is sure to find the perfect spot, no matter their preference. From bustling and vibrant, to tranquil beauty, there truly is something for everyone.
Holiday Home Rentals
The Mornington Peninsula is dotted with numerous holiday home rentals suitable for families. These rentals range from cosy hideaways sleeping up to 6 people, through modern houses sleeping up to 14 people. Each is designed with city breaks in mind, with features and conveniences suitable for short weekend breaks and extended stays. Leaving you wanting for nothing, and with lasting memories.
Those looking for the best luxury accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula are in for a treat.
The entire region boasts a stunning range of luxury holiday home rentals, with unrivalled views, state-of-the-art amenities, and premium services.
Perfect for couples’ retreats, romantic getaways, special events, or simply indulging yourself.
The peninsula recognises the joy of holidaying with your four-legged friend. Many beaches, including Safety Beach and Somers Beach, welcome dogs.
You'll also discover numerous accommodations that cater to pet owners, ensuring both you and your canine companion have a memorable stay.
Our Unique PAWSOME Rating
We believe every family member deserves an ideal holiday, and that includes our beloved pets. To make choosing the right retreat simpler, each of Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats' properties comes with a distinctive PAWSOME rating. Here's what we look for:
- Secure Play Areas: Ensuring your pets can frolic safely.
- Garden Bliss: For those nature-loving pets who enjoy a touch of the green.
- Grassed Spaces: Perfect for a game of fetch or lounging in the sun.
- Undercover Retreats: A shaded space for relaxation, rain or shine.
- Warm Welcomes Inside: Because pets are part of the family.
- Fencing Types: Know if it’s low, wire, high, or solid to match your pet’s temperament.
- Kennel Comfort: A cosy spot just for them.
- Treats & Eats: Because they deserve a holiday treat too.
- Dog Beach Proximity: No need for a long drive; beaches are just a stroll away.
When to Visit
For mild weather and vibrant landscapes, September to November and March to May are the best times to visit the Mornington Peninsula.
The peak of summer is great for warmer weather and days on the beach, but the area can also be much busier.
And while winters are naturally colder and wetter, it is a wonderful time for fully appreciating the thermal springs.
Where to Stay
With the peninsula's vast offerings, choosing where to stay can be overwhelming. However, prioritising what's essential for your trip—be it beach proximity, luxury amenities, or dog-friendly features—can help narrow down the perfect spot for your weekend escape or extended holiday.
The Mornington Peninsula offers a comprehensive holiday experience, catering to every whim and fancy. Whether it's a relaxing weekend escape, a romantic getaway, or a large family gathering and celebration, Mornington Peninsula promises unforgettable moments.