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The Mornington Peninsula is a charming escape from the hustle and bustle of the city of Melbourne, with the calm front beaches that dot Port Phillip Bay, the adventurous back beaches that look out onto the Bass Strait, and the relaxing Peninsula Hot Springs that help soothe all worries.
The Mornington Peninsula is a famous road trip for residents as well as visitors to Melbourne, being an hour’s drive away from the city. The long coastline of the front beaches extends from Dromana to Portsea, where the pristine beauty is amplified by the sight of dolphins. Boat rides are offered to explore the Port Phillip Bay, where visitors can explore the heritage of the islands and the natural beauty, as well as have the chance of spotting seals and native birds. Ferries can be taken from Sorrento to Queenscliff, where visitors will have the chance to further explore the coastal beauty of Victoria. The Arthurs Seat Lookout provides visitors with a beautiful view of the front and back beaches of the area, and the thrilling Arthurs Seat Eagle cable car ride up to the top is equally as scenic. At the edge of the Peninsula region lies the Point Nepean National Park. Visitors to the park will be amazed by the natural beauty present here, while also learning more of its historic background evident from the buildings preserved here. On the other side are the back beaches, where the rough Bass Strait caused the rugged scenery that forms a different side to the coast. The Cape Schanck Lighthouse, found at the southernmost point of the Peninsula, is the perfect place to view the rugged side of the coast. It is a part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park which also contains its own set of walking trails and natural delights.
Along with its coastal scenery, the Mornington Peninsula is also famous for its wineries, boasting over 50 vineyards in the region, each with their own unique produce. It is also home to the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens, a verdant labyrint that holds the honour of being Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze.
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