4 Days of Bliss: An Easter Break on the Mornington Peninsula

Nestled on the southeastern coast of Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is a picturesque region renowned for its stunning natural scenery, wineries, hot springs, and charming seaside towns. Just a short drive from Melbourne, this coastal paradise is a popular destination for weekend getaways and Easter breaks. In this blog post, we’ll take you on a journey through four days of bliss on the Mornington Peninsula, highlighting the best activities, sights, and experiences to make the most of your Easter break. From wine tasting to coastal walks, wildlife encounters to relaxing hot springs, there’s something for everyone on this beautiful peninsula. So sit back, relax, and get ready to discover the magic of the Mornington Peninsula.

Day 1: Arrival and Beach Time

After arriving on the Mornington Peninsula, you’ll likely be eager to check-in and settle into your accommodation. The peninsula offers a range of options, including hotels, resorts, and cozy Airbnb apartments, all with their own unique charm and character. We recommend a beautiful selection of holiday homes at the beach or in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula.

Once you’ve checked in and dropped off your bags, it’s time to head to one of the many stunning beaches that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. With its scenic coastline, crystal-clear waters, and white sandy beaches, the peninsula is a haven for beach lovers.

Some of the most popular beaches on the Mornington Peninsula include Sorrento Back Beach, Portsea Beach, and Dromana Beach. These beaches offer a range of activities, from swimming and sunbathing to surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Many of the beaches also have picnic areas, BBQ facilities, and playgrounds, making them perfect for families.

Portsea Back Beach
Southern Ocean, Portsea, Victoria, Australia

If you’re looking for something more secluded, you can also explore some of the smaller, quieter beaches, such as Blairgowrie Beach or Tideways Beach. These hidden gems are often less crowded and offer a more peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

Afternoon

As you spend the afternoon at the beach, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to soak up the sun, take a dip in the ocean, or simply relax and enjoy the stunning coastal scenery. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation,

If its not beach weather take a walk in one of the many beautiful parks.

The Continental Hotel Sorrento (recently renovated and the talk of the town) has a stylish and cozy bar located with kids menu. Mix with the in crowd and grab dinner and find out what everyone is talking about.

Their family friendly Conti Bar is sophisticated yet relaxed, making it the perfect spot for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap after a long day of exploring the beautiful Sorrento region. The bar features both indoor and outdoor seating areas, with the outdoor area offering stunning views of the bay.

The Continetal Hotel is a must for your first night on your Mornington Peninsula Easter Break

The Rye Hotel – This beachfront hotel in Rye offers a family-friendly bistro with a kids’ menu and an outdoor play area and the bistro has a range of options, from seafood and steak to burgers and pasta dishes.

These are just a couple of the family-friendly dining options available on the Mornington Peninsula. With so many choices, you’re sure to find a restaurant that suits your family’s tastes and preferences.

Day 1 of your Easter break on the Mornington Peninsula is sure to set the tone for an unforgettable holiday.

Day 2 – The Eagle and Seawinds Gardens

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The Eagle and its spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula

Day 2 of your Easter break on the Mornington Peninsula is all about exploring the region’s natural beauty, starting with a thrilling ride on The Eagle gondola, which takes you on a scenic tour of Arthurs Seat State Park. Enjoy stunning views of the bay and surrounding areas from the top, then have morning tea at the Eagle Summit Cafe before heading to Seawinds Gardens.

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Arthurs Seat Drive – Stop and Take in the View

Seawinds Gardens, located in Arthurs Seat State Park, offers plenty of opportunities for kids to explore and take in the view. The garden is home to a range of native and exotic plants, as well as plenty of wildlife. Take a stroll along the walking trails and enjoy the stunning views of the bay and surrounding countryside. Visit the Seawinds Nursery, which offers a range of plants for sale. There is also the SeaWinds Gardens Playspace which is a great option to exhaust the kids.

If you didn’t bring a picnic lunch, head to Nordie Cafe in Red Hill, where you’ll find a child-friendly herb garden where you can relax over a glass of Rose.

Afternoon

Keep the kids entertained by visiting the nearby Charlie’s Auto Museum. This popular attraction on the Mornington Peninsula that features a collection of over 80 classic and vintage cars from the 1920s to the 1980s. The museum is a fun and interactive experience for kids as they get to see and learn about these historic cars up close. They can also sit in some of the cars and take pictures, making it a great opportunity for a family photo.

Then if you have the energy return to Seawinds Gardens for some kangaroo viewing on the way home and enjoy the sunset over the bay.

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The Kangaroos out in the late afternoon at SeaWinds Gardens

For dinner, there are plenty of family-friendly options available. The Pig and Whistle Tavern in Main Ridge offers a range of pub-style meals in a cozy atmosphere, and even has a trampoline on the lawn for kids to enjoy. As a cheap and cheerful option for dinner pick up some Takeaway Fish and Chips to have on the beach at Dromana.

Overall, Day 2 is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region and spend some quality time with the family. With plenty of family-friendly activities and dining options, the Mornington Peninsula offers something for everyone.

Day 3: Surfing, Exploring and Chocolate

Get ready for a morning of adventure with a surf lesson or paddleboarding experience at Point Leo or Shoreham. If you’re new to surfing, there are surf schools like East Coast Surf School that offer lessons for all levels.

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East Coast Surf School

After your morning workout, head into Balnarring for a quick lunch. The kids can enjoy the skate park while the adults relax with a takeaway coffee.

Afternoon

Make your way to the charming coastal village of Flinders. Here you’ll find a range of shops and galleries to explore. Adults and children alike love a sweet treat. Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie means you can indulge in some locally made chocolate.

For the kids, Flinders Park is a must-visit destination. The park features a range of playground equipment, including swings, slides, and climbing structures. You can also take a short walk to Mushroom Reef, where the kids can explore the rock pools and see a range of marine life.

Mushroom Reef at Finders Beach
Get the kids out exploring on Mushroom Reef

If the kids are up for yet more adventurous fun, head to the Flinders Pier and try jumping off into the sea or watching others take the plunge.

Now everyone will definitely be ready for dinner, so head to the Flinders Hotel, a local favourite that offers a range of tasty dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and there is a kid’s menu available as well. The hotel also has a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect place to end your day on the Mornington Peninsula.  If your little ones are also on a culinary adventure, pick up some fresh mussels off the boat to take home from Flinders Mussels (Harrys Mussels), which you can find on Flinders Pier.

Overall, Day 3 of your Easter break on the Mornington Peninsula is all about exploring the coast and indulging in some sweet treats. With plenty of family-friendly activities and dining options, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect destination for a fun and memorable family holiday.

Day 4 – Portsea and Rock Pools

Today we are heading to Portsea to explore the Quarantine Station and Point Nepean National Park. Here’s what’s on our agenda for the day:

Grab some coffee at La Capucin, a charming little café in Portsea. While you enjoy your coffee, the kids can play on the grassy area outside. It’s the perfect way to start the day!

Next, head to the Quarantine Station, which is a fascinating historical site. Learn about the quarantine procedures that were in place in the 1800s and early 1900s, and explore the various buildings and artifacts on display.

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Point Nepean National Park – Portsea

After the Quarantine Station, head to Point Nepean National Park, where you can hire some bikes from BayPlay and explore the area on two wheels. The scenery is stunning, and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. If you’re lucky, you might even come across the Point Nepean Market, which is held occasionally.

Portsea Hotel deck with views of the ocean on day 4 of your Mornington Peninsula Easter Break
The Portsea Hotel – perfect for lunch with the fam

Afternoon

For lunch, stop at the Portsea Hotel, which has a fantastic menu and stunning views of the beach. It’s the perfect place to refuel and rest up before we continue our adventure.

On your way back, make a pit stop at the Sorrento Playground, which is a hit with the kids. After some playtime, do some shopping in Sorrento, which has plenty of cute boutiques and shops to explore.  Pacify the kids with an ice cream or the famous vanilla slice.

If the weather is warm enough, go jumping in the rockpools, which are located on the back beach. It’s a fun and refreshing way to cool off on a hot day!

Sorrento back beach rockpools part of your Mornington Peninsula Easter Break
Rockpools at Sorrento

Finally, for dinner, head to Back Beach Pizza, which is a local favorite. The pizza is delicious, and the atmosphere is cozy and welcoming. It’s the perfect end to a busy day of exploring and adventure.

That’s it for day four and the end of your Mornington Peninsula Easter Break! Tomorrow is another day and home time but if you need more adventures you can check them out here.