mornington

Just an hour's drive from central Melbourne, yet seemingly a world away,away; historical Mornington is the gateway to the abundant attractions of the glorious Mornington Peninsula. There are vineyards, wineries, olive groves, national parks, hot springs, thermal baths, historic country homes and charming small hotels - all just moments away from marvellous Mornington.

The former fishing village once known as Schnapper Point is not short of attractions, either. The boutiques of Mornington's Main Street offer a vibrant and diverse retail scene. Indeed, visitors come from far and wide to sample the home made crafts and home grown produce and to soak up the vibrant atmosphere of every Wednesday's street market.

The Mornington Farmers' Market is equally popular. Held on the second Saturday of each month, you'll find a range of produce from fruit and veg to cheese and eggs, mussels and meats, home made conserves, olive oil, treats and more, while listening to local musicians and partaking of the community run BBQ.

You can follow a visit to Victoria's oldest courthouse and adjoining lock-up with a ride on a steam or diesel heritage train along the volunteer operated Mornington Railway, which usually runs on the first three Sundays of each month.

The town at large boasts a huge variety of restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs with some truly stunning historical buildings in the mix. The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is one of the best in the country and features touring international exhibitions alongside many of our home grown household names such as Drysdale, Nolan and Dobell.

Nearby are the delights of the Mornington Beach, the Safety Beach foreshore and Mount Martha village. The views from the beaches and iconic red cliffs of bathing boxes, tranquil yachts and even Melbourne's city skyline are fabulous. Indeed, the whole Mornington Peninsula is on the doorstep of this seaside suburb.

Locals Recommend

Shopping

Mornington Main Street Market
 Main St.
Homemade crafts and home grown produce in a fun and vibrant atmosphere. Open on Wednesdays.
Queen Bee Recycled Emporium
65 Main St. T 5976 2499
Pre-loved designed clothes for (mostly) women with the vibe of a vintage Parisian boudoir.

Bars & Cafes

Southbeach Cafe
464 Esplanade, Mount Martha. T 5974 4443
Pop in for a pizza (or something else from the extensive menu) accompanied by a glass of local pinot and enjoy the views.
Lilo Cafe
1/725 Esplanade. T 5975 0165
Art Deco building opposite Fisherman's beach. This eclectic licenced cafe serves modern, seasonal and European bistro food or enjoy Fair Trade Organic coffee. Open Tues-Sun 8-4pm. Fri/ Sat Nights - Bookings recommended.
Sherlock Cafe and Bar
174 Main St. T 5973 6669
Relax in leather wing back chairs and Chesterfield suites whilst enjoying a British style menu. Offering an all-day breakfast or opt for a grazing platter to share in the casual surrounds.

Hotels

The Royal Hotel
770 Esplanade. T 5975 8555
Classified by the National Trust and faithfully restored to its resplendent original condition, with live music and Dane's Royal Parma.
Dava Hotel
614 Esplanade, Mt Martha.
T 5975 1555
Don't miss the views from the top deck of this local icon.

Places of Interest

D.O.C Mornington
22 Main Street. T 5977 0988
An authentic Italian experience, from the charming waiters to the delicious range of local and imported produce.

Attractions

Endota Day Spa
30 Main St. T 5977 1522
Treat yourself with a massage, facial and body spa at the original venue.

Local Offices

hockingstuart Mornington
204 Main Street
MORNINGTON
03 5973 5444
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