Jutting into Bass Strait to the southeast of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is a popular getaway destination for locals. It features idyllic stretches of beach and an enticing gastronomy scene, as well as picturesque walking trails within the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

Wander around the seaside town of Mornington that overlooks the waters of Port Phillip Bay. It has a charming village atmosphere and beautiful beaches for swimming and surfing while being surrounded by a scattering of award-winning cellar doors where you can taste the region’s cool-climate wines.

There are magnificent views of the Mornington Peninsula from the state-of-the-art gondolas at Arthurs Seat Eagle, taking you to the highest point on the peninsula. Or you can test your skills on the “tree surfing” high ropes adventure and Tarzan swing at the Enchanted Adventure Garden. This award-winning fun park also features hedge mazes and giant slides that make it one of the peninsula’s most popular family-friendly attractions.

For a more indulgent experience, don’t miss the opportunity to soak in the geothermal waters of the Peninsula Hot Springs. More than 20 globally-inspired baths are nestled within its natural bushland, including a Turkish hammam and Japanese-style onsen.

Hikers can hit the trails of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, which protects native bushland and coastal dunes, as well as soaring basalt cliffs and wind-swept surf beaches. The peninsula is just over one hour’s drive from Melbourne and best explored on a self-driving adventure.