Mornington Peninsula itinerary

This is a seven day tour that includes one night in Melbourne then six days exploring the Mornington Peninsula: walks, beaches, forest, fine food and vineyard visits.

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Day 1:

Welcome to Melbourne!  Your hotel is an elegant four-star hotel in the heart of the city, perfectly located to explore the laneways and shopping arcades; Federation Square and the National Gallery of Victoria.  Dinner tonight is in a lovely Italian restaurant a short walk from our accommodation.

Day 2:

This morning we head south to the Mornington Peninsula, an hour and a half’s drive away.  On the way down, we will stop for a walk around the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne, visiting the Gardens wetlands and woodlands.  9 km, 2 hrs.  After a light lunch, we’ll continue to Mornington Peninsula.  Dinner is at our hotel’s excellent restaurant.

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Day 3:

This morning we drive to the ‘back beaches’, the dramatic rocky coastline that looks out over the Bass Straits.  The walk starts at Dragons Head and follows a winding trail to historic Sorrento, the standout town on the peninsula for its beautiful limestone buildings, ocean and bay beaches and buzzy seaside atmosphere.  11 kms, 3 hrs.  You’ll have the afternoon free to have lunch and explore the town before heading back to base.  Dinner will be at a nearby Italian restaurant that specialises in seafood.

Day 4:

Today’s walk follows a section of the Two Bays walking trail that takes you through the Mornington Peninsula National Park passing through bushland rich in wildlife including birdlife, kangaroos and wallabies, finishing at the spectacular Cape Schanck. 13 kms, 3.5 hrs.  After freshening up back at base, we will enjoy a long degustation lunch in one of the region’s finest vineyards.  One back at our hotel, the evening is free.

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Day 5:

This morning we walk out of our accommodation and follow a rail trail that winds through forest down to a lovely village that has views across the coast to Philip Island.  8 kms, 2 hrs.  Here we will have lunch in one of the icons of the peninsula, a rustic bistro that dates from the 1920’s and is renowned for using local produce.  It also has an excellent art gallery.  In the afternoon, we will visit two of the region’s fine wineries (Stumpy Gully and Yabby Lake).  Dinner tonight will be at “one of the most exciting places to eat in the Mornington Peninsula” (Gourmet Traveller).

Day 6:

Our last walk on the tour takes us to the peninsula’s western tip for a walk around Point Nepean National, known for its stunning coastal scenery.  The walk combines bay and ocean views with the fascinating history of the area.  10 kms, 3 hrs.  The walk starts and finishes at posh Portsea, Victoria’s equivalent of the Hamptons, where Melbourne’s well-off have built their seaside escapes.  You’ll have the afternoon free to have lunch and explore the town before heading back to base.  Our finale dinner will be at our accommodation’s excellent restaurant.

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Day 7:

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Melbourne CBD.

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Seven days exploring the Mornington Peninsula

  • Tour Lead

    Simon Tancred

  • Tour Dates

    6 March to 12 March, 2022

  • Tour Size
    10
  • Tour Cost

    $3,660

    per person
  • Single supplement: $350
  • 6 nights twin-share accommodation with en suite bathroom
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • Tastings at wineries
  • 5 guided walks
  • All paid admissions/fees during the tour
  • Private transport throughout

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