Head away from the big smoke to the south-east, where you’ll soon reach the delights of the Mornington Peninsular.
Start by taking in the sweeping golden beaches of the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas from the 304-metre height of Arthurs Seat. A stop here is a ritual for travellers because of the views, which even stretch to Melbourne’s skyline. Always wanted to soar like a bird? Take your chance with a gondola seat on the Arthurs Seat Eagle that will sweep you to the top in just 14 minutes.
The Mornington Peninsular is home to a vibrant range of local producers. It’s a place to pick up those just- laid free range eggs, bite into a bio-dynamic apple, or spread your bread thick with local cheese.
The rich red soils of the Mornington are best known for their top-rate chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot gris wines, with more than 200 vineyards operating 50 cellar doors. The region is one of the few in Victoria where coastal villages and hinterland hamlets offer casual cafes, chic restaurants and Chef’s
Hat fine dining showcasing local mussels, whiting, beef, artisan cheeses and handpicked berries.
You can visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and pick your own, wander through the lavender gardens at Ashcombe Maze, or settle back for an extended graze over the tapas and wine menu at Green Olive at Red Hill. Make sure you have plenty of room for take-home purchases from the Farm Shop, or learn how they make those delicious sausages and wood-fired pizzas with a cooking course.