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The Best of the Mornington Peninsula: Your Ultimate Guide

The Best of the Mornington Peninsula: Your Ultimate Guide

The Best of the Mornington Peninsula: Your Ultimate Guide

Hey Melbourne! Brace yourselves for an unmissable event as we collaborate with renowned brands Wrangler, Lee, Rider, Grown Clothing, and Wandering Folk to present an extraordinary Warehouse Sample Sale. Mark your calendars for the 22nd and 23rd of September, when the vibrant energy of Stoker Studio will play host to this sensational event. There will be a treasure trove of goods up for grabs, all in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. 

Thinking of checking it out? Why not make a day of it!
Here is our guide to make the most of your day down in the Mornington Peninsula.


A barista is pouring coffee behind an espresso machine in a cafe

Cafes & Bakeries

Start with a cup of the good stuff. Infuse yourself with energy and set the tone for a remarkable day by indulging in the rich aroma of a freshly brewed coffee:

Commonfolk Coffee — Mornington
A vibrant and hip coffee haven, celebrated for its exception brews and laid-back atmosphere.

Store Fifteen — Mornington
Serving up more than just coffee, Store Fifteen is a trendy culinary oasis, renowned for its innovative dishes and stylish ambiance.

Hobson — Rosebud
A charming coast gem, offering a delightful blend of gourmet cuisine and relaxed beachside vibes.

Zarb & Ru — Rosebud
Middle Eastern flavours intertwined with a coastal charm.

Merchant & Maker — McCrae
A captivating coastal retreat where exception coffee and artisanal creations merge in a relaxed seaside ambiance.

Our top picks for an irresistible baked treat:

Johnny Ripe — Mornington

Miller's Bread Kitchen — Dromana

Front view of the Epicurean building in Red Hill


Need to refuel after hitting up the sale? Here’s where to stop off for a lunch break and satisfy your cravings.

Wallet-friendly options:

Mercetta — Mornington
Family and pet-friendly, offering an extensive array of dining choices to cater to every palate.

Mock Red Hill — Red Hill
Experience casual dining with wood-fired pizzas and light bites that won't dent your wallet, all set against the backdrop of a picturesque orchard.

Store 360 — Rye
Vibrant and inviting, offering the perfect blend of scrumptious bites and beachside relaxation.

Looking for something a little fancier? Here are some top-rated lunch spots sure to give you an unforgettable dining experience:

The Epicurean — Red Hill
Indulge in a farm-to-table experience with gourmet dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients, all while relishing stunning vineyard views.

Paringa Estate — Red Hill
Delight your taste buds with a refined culinary journey featuring contemporary Australian cuisine and an extensive wine selection.

Green Olive at Red Hill — Main Ridge
Embrace a rustic ambiance while savouring Mediterranean-inspired dishes made from their own farm-grown produce and olive groves.

Fine dining meals served on a table at Donna Maria restaurant


Make it fancy:

Yum Cha at Jackalope — Merricks North
Offering a contemporary twist on traditional falvours, Yum Cha at Jackalope provides a unique and flavourful culinary journey within a stylish and luxurious setting.

Alatonero — McCrae
Where Mediterranen flavours come to life. With a focus on fresh seafood and vibrant ingredients, Alatonero offers a relaxed yet vibrant ambiance, transporting diners to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Donna Maria — Flinders
Serving up up the authentic taste of Italy with a menu that captures the essence of traditional Italian flavours. All served in a warm and welcoming atmosphere reminiscent of a charming Italian trattoria.

Keep it casual:

The Royal Hotel — Mornington
This historic pub combines traditional pub vibes with a modern twist. They offer a range of dishes from classic pub meals to more contemporary options.

D.O.C. Pizza & Mozzarella Bar Delicatessen — Mornington
A branch of the renowned D.O.C. Pizzeria, this establishment offers high-quality wood-fired pizzas with fresh and authentic ingredients, providing an elevated pizza experience

Dromana Hotel — Dromana
With its beachside location, Dromana Hotel offers both stunning views and a menu full of pub favorites and modern dishes, making it a great spot for a casual meal.

Ciao Bella Pizzeria and Wine Bar — Balnarring
Known for their authentic Italian flavours and wood-fired pizzas, Ciao Bella is a local favorite for a casual and satisfying meal.

Homewares on a table in Coastal Living boutique

How to spend the rest of your day

From stunning coastal landscapes to charming wineries, this picturesque region offers a diverse range of activities and experiences that cater to every traveler's delight.

Explore some of the local boutiques:

The Bounty Shop — Frankston
Albert and Daphne — Mornington
Loft Lifestyle Store — Dromana
The Somers General — Somers
The Artisan Storeroom — Flinders
Coastal Living — Rosebud & Sorrento
Indi Tribe Collective — Rosebud

Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs — Mornington
A sanctuary for the senses, this natural geothermal oasis offers a tapestry of mineral-rich thermal pools, enchanting bathing experiences, and tranquil spa treatments.

People swimming in a hot spring in the Mornington Peninsula

Experience the charm of the region by paying a visit to one of the delightful local wineries:

T’Gallant Vineyard — Main Ridge
Port Phillip Estate — Red Hill South
Paringa Estate — Red Hill South
Montalto — Red Hill South
Crittenden Estate — Dromana

Prefer the taste of a crisp and fresh beer? Discover the local brewing scene:

St Andrews Beach Brewery — Fingal
TWØBAYS Brewing Co — Dromana
Jetty Road Brewery — Dromana

Indulge in the scenic views and take a cable car ride with Arthurs Seat Eagle — Arthurs Seat

Enjoy the local scenery and take a leisurely troll or hike on one of the may trails in Cape Schanck Reserve or Point Nepean National Park.

Cool off and take a refreshing swim at Mt Martha, Sorrento Back Beach, Bushranger’s Bay or The Pillars.

Sitting chair beside a window inside a rustic cabin

Want to stay longer? Here's some of the best stays

Yoko Cabin — Sorrento
Cape Schanck House — Cape Schanck
Log Box — Red Hill
Polperro Farmhouse — Red Hill
Nazaaray Estate — Flinders
Hart’s Farm — Shoreham


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