Welcome to a sunnier and brighter 2019!
We hope you’ve had a fun, family-filled break, and you are walking into 2019 with a fresh air of excitement for all that’s on the horizon. The End2End team are back on board after enjoying some much-needed time in the sun, post transition!
This summer loving has certainly happened too fast for me this year, so for a short relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Melbourne I went out to explore and Visit Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Being a Melbourne newbie, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and why Melbournians are usually found escaping to The Peninsula each summer or whenever they can get away!
Here’s what I discovered from my short time at Mornington Peninsula:
- All roads lead to The Peninsula
With so many coastal towns, beaches and wineries. Over 48 wineries have made The Peninsula their home, and with so many farms that supply some of the best local produce in Victoria. You can see why Victorians and non-Victorians are spending their summer days in this beautiful part of Australia. With a seasonal population rising to 270,000 in this local tourist region. To find more about The amazing attractions at The Peninsula and other Victorian regions, check-out Visit Victoria
- A Foodie’s Haven
With mostly great weather usually a few degrees cooler than Melbourne. The Peninsula is home to many farms, including The Lavender Farm, Red Hill Cherry farm, Sunnyvale Strawberry Farm, Main Ridge Dairy Farm and Pure Peninsula Honey. With many of these farms providing tours of the premises and the opportunity to pick your own fruit and try for yourself the concept ‘From Farm to Plate’. I absolutely loved picking fresh strawberries from Sunnyvale Strawberry Farm then enjoying some Devonshire Tea served with homemade scones, strawberry jam and fresh cream!
And if you’re a savoury and sweet person, you cannot go past some of Johnny Ripe’s best Savoury Family Beef Pies and Apple Pies, sold at Johnny Ripe café and while you’re at it why Not treat yourself to lunch at The Epicurean – Shed Restaurant at Red Hill, and check out their unique space, suitable for special events and weddings. And for the chocolate lovers out there, be sure to swing past Mornington Peninsula’s famous chocolatier at Flinders to satisfy thy sweet tooth!
- Spoilt for choice with Beaches and Bays!
The Peninsula is blessed with a variety of beaches both sheltered and Open Sea. If you’re traveling with children be sure to check which beaches are family-friendly and safe for swimming or surfing like Dromana’s popular Safety beach, Sorrento’s popular Front Beach, St Andrews Beach and Point Leo Beach which is great for catching small waves.
With some towns and shores dedicated to water sports, you will surely find something for the whole family at The Peninsula. And be sure to check out Flinders, Portsea and Sorrento for the best fishing spots, fishing tours and fishing charter opportunities.
- Make time to Relax and Unwind
And when you’re done with all the activities, book yourself some time to relax at The Australian Tourism Award Winning Natural Mineral Spa Peninsula Hot Springs. With over 30 natural thermal mineral pools set for a day of rejuvenation amongst nature. From Moroccan Hammams, body clay rituals, private bathing to treatments which are sure to nourish your mind, body and soul to an amphitheatre filled with musical sounds to take in the beautiful connection with nature
- A visit to The Peninsula is Not complete without a visit to Point Leo Estate and Laura
Elegance meets Grand Allure at Laura Restaurant at Point Leo Estate multiple award winner of Best Regional Restaurant 2018 and Good Food Guide new restaurant of the year 2018 and 2019 Named after Pt. Leo Estate’s celebrated Jaume Plensa Sculpture, Laura is the intimate, refined dining offering at Pt. Leo Estate. Designed by Culinary Director Phil Wood, Laura offers a set menu that tells the story of the Mornington Peninsula. Offering unique spaces for gatherings and events, surrounded by a 50-acre vineyard, combined with a 16-acre ‘world class’ sculpture park and uninterrupted views across Western Port Bay through to Phillip Island. It is sure to be an experience to remember!
And if you need help planning a workshop, special event, corporate retreat, celebration or family getaway, and don’t knows where to start call The End2End Team on 0415 523 159 and we will ensure you get the most out of your destination event or travel experience.