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Things to do in Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Our most recommended things to do in Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Port Phillip Bay Adventure Cruise

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

2. 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.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

3. 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.

From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

4. 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.

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

5. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

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

Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

7. 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.

Peninsula Hot Springs: Private Sanctuary and Bathing

8. Peninsula Hot Springs: Private Sanctuary and Bathing

Experience 45 minutes of blissful private bathing for you and your partner in a private bathing pavilion with your choice of lavender milk, Tulsi tea, or essential oils to enhance the relaxation and benefits. You and your partner will also have access to a relaxation lounge where complimentary herbal teas are available. After your private bath, relax in the tranquil and serene Spa Dreaming Center or enjoy the space of the Bath House. Enjoy access to a range of geothermal baths, saunas, Moroccan Hammams, and cold plunge pools in both areas. Bathe in thermal waters ranging from a relaxing 37 degrees to a toasty 43 degrees. Reap the benefits of the natural minerals found in the waters as you relax and enjoy the natural warmth of the springs.

Mornington Peninsula: Enchanted Adventure General Admission

9. 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.

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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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 101 reviews

This being my third time I have visited I was not disappointed. They have added alot more things like glamping, night bathing and more areas to relax(eg lay in a hammock)If you've never been your missing out on a full day of relaxation. I suffer from tendinitis and mild arthritis and I always come away feeling no pain.

Emily organised us well, confirmed everything via test message. Bill the driver was great and we ended up having good conversations with most attendees during the afternoon. Most of the wineries (and the cider house which was brought in at the last moment) were good. Lunch at Pig & Whistle was lovely - good portions

Absolutely stunning n amazing experience. Australian way of having family time loaded with fun and sporty touch. Mark and Lori are amazing host and have nail this idea by bringing water bikes to these shores. Love to have you guys in Sydney too!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the hot springs, and our tour guides were excellent.

Wonderful experience. So relaxing and really helped my arthritis