Sarah’s the office manager at Montalto and knows the Mornington Peninsula just about as well as anyone, she’s lived here her entire life. So if you want to enjoy a visit to the Peninsula like you’re a local, here’s a few of Sarah’s favourite spots.
It came as no surprise to me that last November the Mornington Peninsula was named one of the must-see places of 2015 in National Geographic’s esteemed annual Best of the World List.
As much as this region is highlighted as a ‘Food and Wine’ destination, I cordially recommend you pop on your walking shoes and go and explore our other hidden gems.
My personal favourites are the inner depths of the valleys such as Baldry’s Ciricut in Main Ridge (Look up! You’ll find an Eagles nest high in the tree tops) and the sheer cliff edge drops and stunning ocean views walking the Bushranger Bay track in Cape Schanck.
There’s also the Point Nepean National Park in Portsea. It’s an extremely historic zone, which played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. It’s here, amongst the military forts and tunnels, that you see the bay on one side and the ocean on the other. A complete comparison of our two waters coming together in our iconic Rip in Bass Straight. This is the most westerly point of the Mornington Peninsula.
Then there’s the wildlife here, that’s a whole other story. If you want to see kangaroos, and a lot of them, go for a winding drive through the banksias at dusk on Boneo Rd between Cape Schanck and Flinders. Keep your eyes peeled and be sure to drive extremely slowly, they’re known to jump around wherever they please.
But before you stalk the ‘roos, grab some good ol’ fish and chips from Flinders (pictured above by Frankzed) while the sun is still shimmering in the late afternoon. Drive down Golf Links Road and park at the alluring marine sanctuary at Mushroom Reef. You’re in luck if it’s low tide! The ocean fades away leaving the mushroom shaped reef exposed for you to learn and discover the diversity of the marine life that call it their home.
I’ve only touched on a few of the many beautiful slices this region has to offer. There is more walking information HERE, but please be sure to tread carefully and don’t leave any rubbish behind. Let’s all treasure our land and leave it for others to equally enjoy.