Where is the Mornington Peninsula?
The Mornington Peninsula is situated South East of Melbourne, on the east side of Port Philip Bay.
How do you get there?
You can easily access the Northern point of the Peninsula by getting a train direct from Flinders Street Station to Frankston Station. This takes about an hour. However, most of the Peninsula is only accessible by either car or bus. If you’re hiring a car during your visit, you may want to take visit to these beautiful beaches, coastal towns/villages and attractions.
Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation
I’ve put this on top of the list, because I can honestly say that this has been one of my favourite days out here in Melbourne! I found this place online whilst researching the nearest places I could go to to pet a koala (very cliche – I know).
It is a lovely little Sanctuary, with a wallaby and kangaroo walk where you can interact with these native animals and feed them by hand. The Sanctuary is home to many other native animals. The staff here were very friendly and knowledgeable; during my koala encounter, the member of staff was very informative and approachable. There was no time limit on your encounter, it was a very laid back and a friendly atmosphere.Sounds more like a review than a blog, but that’s how much I enjoyed this place!
Only $20 standard entry and it cost me $15 extra for the Koala encounter. There are other encounters and tickets you can buy.
Check out its website! http://www.moonlitsanctuary.com.au/default.aspx
Western Port Bay
This is a lovely little bay with a cafe/restaurant situated right on the bay giving you lovely views. If you’re interested in seeing some wild pelicans, here’s the place to see them! Nice little photo opportunity. Besides that, there isn’t much else there to see, but if you’re driving by it doesn’t harm to pay a visit.
Balnarring Beach has got to be one of my favourite beaches so far in Melbourne. It is situated in a quiet suburban area, so it is generally a very quiet beach (I imagine it’s probably busier during the holidays). A perfect place to take a picnic!
Situated on the Southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula is Cape Schanck. With a board walk put into place to walk this beautiful coastline, it really is a sight to take in and gives you amazing photo opportunities.
There is a little shop by the car park to pick up some snacks. You can also take a tour of the lighthouse. It was closed the day I went, so I cannot give any further information on this.
Mount Martha Beach
Another brilliant beach, perfect for a picnic! Mount Martha village isn’t far from here, home to little shops, boutiques and eateries.(As seen in feature image).
Visit here on a nice clear day and enjoy the views looking over the coast and Port Philip Bay! They are currently working on building a new Skylift Gondola which will offer fantastic views; this will be open later 2016 (no date available at this time). So keep an eye out!