The Mornington Peninsula is home to an array of sights, experiences and gourmet tastes that extend beyond its beloved summer season.
Melbourne to Mornington
Energise your adventures with an ethical latte and free-range all-day breakfast at Commonfolk cafe. Nestled among the industrial backstreets of Mornington, Commonfolk is decorated with cement flooring and metal finishes. But don’t be fooled by the rustic exterior – inside, you’ll find a lively cafe with sustainable coffee and a menu enhanced by seasonal, peninsula produce.
Arthurs Seat to Dromana
Refuel and unwind only a few minutes down the road at Dromana’s Jetty Road Brewery, a perfect pit stop on your adventures. Enjoy small-batch quality craft beer with a family-friendly menu inspired by simplicity and the ocean. You can’t go past the melt-in-your-mouth, pan-fried barramundi and crispy prawns with seasonal veggies.
Rye to St Andrews Beach
Tucked away in the backstreets of Rye, Store 360 is a small but mighty celebration of all things local. If you’re still peckish, come here to load up on locally roasted coffee and artisan baked goods. At Store 360, you’ll also find fresh produce and handmade, sustainable gifts from Mornington Peninsula artists.
Sorrento to Portsea
Since 1872, Hotel Sorrento has been an iconic venue for pub-goers. These days, Hotel Sorrento offers a contemporary twist on traditional Australian pub cuisine. Just a short walk from the town’s main street, you can feast on a classic parma and chips, or opt for a new street-food-inspired menu full of tacos, salads and fresh seafood. Sit by the heater on the rooftop overlooking the beautiful bay, or enjoy live music with your meal in the main bistro.
Cape Schanck to Merricks
Finally, no trip to the Mornington Peninsula is complete without heading to one of the amazing award-winning wineries. Voted one of the top wineries in Australia in 2021, Pt. Leo Estate is an idyllic autumn destination overlooking the ocean. Only 10 minutes east from Main Ridge, you’ll find yourself enjoying wine tastings, feasting at one of the estate’s restaurants, or exploring the vineyards and sculpture park.
To read more about the Mornington Peninsula’s fine-dining delights, check out the Autumn 2022 edition of Caravanning Australia!
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