Things to do in Mornington Peninsula

Our most recommended things to do in Mornington Peninsula

From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

1. From Sorrento: 3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Swim Tour

Departing from Sorrento Pier, enjoy a welcome tea or coffee, before venturing into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay to embark on an exciting once in a lifetime adventure.   Make your way to Chinaman's Hat, a man-made structure built to protect local Australian fur seals. Go for a snorkel in the structure’s shallow waters and get up close and personal with the ever-curious seals who are waiting to share their underwater world with you. Next, go for a swim with dolphins. Float on the water’s surface as these playful creatures swim beneath you and circle the group, showing off their amazing abilities. Finish your experience with a snorkel with the sea dragons, a unique species of seahorse native to the area, and discover the prehistoric looking creatures for yourself in their natural habitat.

Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

2. Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

Your tour commences with an introductory on-board safety briefing, before cruising past the amazing cliff top mansions out into the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay. With your family or friends, you will head off to Chinaman's Hat, a local spot where the ever-curious Australian fur seals are waiting to show off their way of life. From Chinaman's Hat, cruise over to Popes Eye at the Marine National Park for a look at the Australasian gannets, where your guides will share with you some interesting and educational facts about these amazing birds. From there, you'll cruise the magnificent Port Phillip Bay in search of the inspiring bottle nosed dolphins. There is no need to jump into the water; the captain's technique will place you right next to the action where you will receive a fantastic view into the world of the dolphins and seals. At the conclusion of your guided insight into Australia's flora and fauna, you will be returned to your point of origin.

From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

3. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

Mornington Peninsula: Enchanted Adventure General Admission

4. Mornington Peninsula: Enchanted Adventure General Admission

Experience a day out at Enchanted Adventure with this entry ticket. Pack a picnic and visit all of the mazes, themed gardens, brainteaser puzzles, and thrilling Tube Slides. Enjoy all-day access to all of the ground-based adventure activities across the 25-acre park including the sculptures and boardwalks, which surround the Enchanted Lake. Visit the Canopy Walk, made up of multiple gently swinging bridges suspended amongst the treetops, and take in the panoramic views. Visit the Sky Scramble, an aerial playground. Scramble through the cargo nets, clamber over the Tibetan bridge, take a bounce in the ball pit and test your nerves on the wobbly wooden bridges – suitable for children under 135 cm only. For smaller guests, enjoy the miniature Bush Scramble in the same area. Slide down the epic Tube Slides and have 5 to choose from — 1 big twister, 3 straight slides, and 1 designed for little kids only. Relax and soak up the hinterland views at one of the picnic tables below whilst watching the fun on the slopes unfold.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

5. From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Exhilarate your senses with a visit to the award-winning coastal oasis of Peninsula Hot Springs, located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Experience complete relaxation, connection, and rejuvenation, as you unwind and experience geothermal bathing in a stunning natural setting. Explore over 50 different globally-inspired bathing experiences in the renowned Bath House and soak in 50°C mineral-rich waters. Try out unique experiences such as a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool and much more. Simply board your direct shuttle from Central Melbourne and prepare for a day of complete rejuvenation of the mind and soul.

Mornington Peninsula: Hot Springs and Body Clay Ritual

6. Mornington Peninsula: Hot Springs and Body Clay Ritual

A natural hot spring, day spa, and wellness destination located on the Mornington Peninsula, 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural geothermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at our coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Bath House is a social bathing experience like no other. Explore over 70 globally inspired bathing experiences including thermal mineral spring pools, Turkish steam bath (Hammam), cave pool, hilltop pool offering 360-degree views of the region, underground sauna, reflexology walk, massaging thermal mineral showers, lakeside pool, and naturally landscaped bathing gully. Bath House Bathing is available 5 am – 11 pm The body clay ritual invites you to let go of your inhibitions and find a sense of play. Set within the handcrafted Clay Ridge landscape, this 45-minute experience combines the healing powers of raw earth and water and is perfect to share with friends and family. The Wellness Team has carefully selected a series of detoxifying clays from around Australia based on their unique therapeutic benefits, and knowledgeable and entertaining hosts will share stories about these benefits as you enjoy a simple and universal connection with nature. 45 minutes | 20 per class Daily Availability: 10.30am, 1.00pm, 3.00pm

Peninsula Hot Springs: Bathhouse and Picnic Experience for 2

7. Peninsula Hot Springs: Bathhouse and Picnic Experience for 2

Relaxation starts as soon as you book your visit to the bathhouse, a place for families and friends to bathe and relax while connecting in nature. Immerse yourself in this bathing wonderland with over 50 globally inspired experiences. These experiences include thermal mineral spring pools, a Turkish steam bath (Hamam), a cave pool, and a hilltop pool offering 360-degree views of the region. When you are ready, you can collect your picnic hamper from the wellness center between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Enjoy your meal in the ample lawn space, picnic seating, and tables in a beautiful native coastal garden setting.

Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

8. Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

Time to hit the highway with a small group (max 8 guests) and make your way to the idyllic Mornington Peninsula. First stop is the summit of Arthur’s Seat where you'll see panoramic ocean views and a bite of morning tea. This is just a taste of things to come. Then, onto Bushrangers Bay for a 5km return hike featuring unreal coastal scenery, rocky bays, wild oceans and one picturesque lighthouse. Spot local kangaroos and listen to the songs of native birds as you wander along the undulating path. After returning from the first hike, you will head to Cape Schanck for a smaller walk in the lighthouse precinct. To refuel, you will stop at one of Mornington Peninsula's award winning cafes (and we can see why) The final stop, Peninsula Hot Springs which is an award-winning natural hot springs and outdoor day spa destination. It’s the perfect way to end a great date with nature! (Bathing time 2h)

Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

9. Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

Visit 4 of the region's best wineries with a guide who will provide you with lots of local knowledge. Enjoy an amazing experience and create everlasting memories. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where you can take photos. Lunch, with a glass of wine and tastings, is offered at any of the wineries visited. See for yourself why the Mornington Peninsula wine region is rated as one of the best wine regions in Australia.

Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Wine and Food Day Tour

10. Melbourne: Mornington Peninsula Wine and Food Day Tour

Travel through the southeast suburbs to the Mornington Peninsula. Surrounded by Port Phillip and Westernport Bays, the region is known for its beaches, scenery, and wine. The first stop is at the family-owned Yabby Lake Vineyard. Taste their cool-climate, award-winning wines. Nearby is one of the earlier established vineyards, Crittenden Estate at Dromana. With vines first planted in 1984 by Gary Crittenden, the regional favorites of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot gris, are supported with the Iberian Peninsula and Italian varietals that enhance the tasting experience. Take a short drive across the Peninsula is the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Taste their lively range of Italian-inspired wines with a platter of cheese and biscuits. It's then off to lunch at the charming Merricks General Store at Merricks. This beautifully restored 1920's timber building offers a warm, country welcome together with an impressive a la carte menu from which to select your main course meal and a glass of wine. Following lunch, visit the Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders and Red Hill Cheese at Main Ridge. In instances where either of these properties are closed, a visit would be made to Stonier and/or Ten Minutes by Tractor Vineyards.

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What people are saying about Mornington Peninsula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Absolutely wonderful sooo relaxing. Will go again for sure. Staff perfect friendly and unobtrusive. Had the picnic what a treat that was. Fresh salads, vaiety of cut fruit, yoghurt and chai pudding with berries. Handful of nuts and bliss balls. Cheese and biscuits to boot. Right size portions so nothing was wasted. Thank you to the thoughtful person who was in charge if that. We will highly recommend to others. Wen & Rob

Our guide, Adrian, was very informative and helpful. The wineries we visited were excellent, provided interesting information and were generous with the tastings. Lunch was tasty and efficiently provided, with plentiful helpings and pleasant service. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone living or travelling in Victoria.

Such a fun enjoyable day, was abit dubious at first but was a great day. Would definitely do it again

Great day out. All staff really good and helpful. It was very enjoyable.

Was awesome! Great weather, great crew members!! And great experience