Things to Do in Mornington Peninsula
- Temperatures can reach 77°F (25°C) during the summer months (December–February), so sun protection is a must.
- If hiking or picnicking during the summer months, be aware of the bushfire risk and adhere to the fire ban and other recommended precautions.
- There is no public transport to the hinterland areas, so you will need your own car or to visit as part of a tour.
- Be sure to book tours, hotels, and activities in advance during the summer months, as they can book up quickly.
One of Victoria’s most significant landscapes, Point Nepean National Park spans more than 1,000 acres (560 hectares) on the pristine Mornington Peninsula. Visitors can immerse themselves in the coastal views and native grasslands while exploring the rich history of the park. What began as indigenous land became one of the earliest European settlements in Victoria during 1845, then a quarantine station before the site turned into a military center. In addition to its rich culture, the park is host to a world of marine life, including emerald-colored sea shrubs and invertebrates.
Discover Victorian landmarks, such as the park’s highest point, Cheviot Hill, overlooking the jetty where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967. History buffs can visit Fort Nepean for panoramic views and explore military fortifications used in both World Wars. Numerous hiking trails and beach walks of varied length start in the park. To get the most out of your trip, visit the park’s information center for a self-guided walk brochure or audio tour equipment.
A ride on the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola whisks visitors to the 1,030-foot (314-meter) summit of Arthurs Seat—the highest point in the Mornington Peninsula. Spectacular views are guaranteed both during the climb and from the hilltop viewpoint, from which you can see Port Philips Bay and Melbourne on a clear day.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is a family-friendly park on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. General entry includes access to hedge mazes, giant brain-teaser puzzles, a canopy walk, tube slides, and more. They also offer a “tree surfing” high ropes course, and ziplining. There are attractions here for all ages and abilities.