Mornington is a tiny seaside town that is known for its breathtaking sunsets and picturesque coastal backdrops.
But beyond its sandy beaches lie a multitude of adventures, be it for the epicurean, history buff or everyday shopaholic. Here’s what visitors should look out for in Mornington.
What’s in store at Mornington
1. Seaside sun soaks
Nestled between the beachside suburbs on the Port Phillip coast, Mornington’s coastal location makes for the perfect opportunity to bask in glorious sun rays and snap some photos for Instagram.
A host of safe-swimming beaches are located around the harbour, adorned with crystal clear waters that are often calm and comfortably warm.
Mills beach is truly a sight to behold, with colourful huts, natural rocks and unusual shells lining the coast.
There are also several lookout spots overlooking the beach at the top of the cliff, making for an incredible sightseeing experience.
More enthralling adventures await marine lovers at the nearby Schnapper Point, which is equipped with yacht and boat facilities.
Those who prefer land activity can picnic or barbecue without missing out on the waterfront views with Schnapper Point’s designated barbecue spaces.
2. Wine & dine options aplenty
Wining and dining experiences are made unforgettable in Mornington with breathtaking seafront views.
Perched on the harbour, you’ll find a number of restaurants that offer fresh and sustainable seafood: sample from a tasting platter of melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and tuck into freshly shucked oysters prepared by renowned chefs.
Best of all are magnificent sights of the distant cliffs and rolling hills, that bring a regular cocktail session to a whole new level.
3. Heritage trail exploration
If you’re a history buff, the heritage walk along Main Street will satiate your hunger for bygone eras: ogle at the tiny 1860 Court House, old banks-turned-diners, and an impressive ex-Coffee Palace, now-The Grand Hotel from 1892.
On most Sundays, you can even sightsee on a steam train ride at the historic Mornington Railway.
These excursion trains possess a bevy of carefully restored archival features – some over 100 years old – that will transport you back to the olden days in a blink of an eye.
4. Shopping ’til you drop
Mornington has its own shopping precinct which boasts over 300 retail outlets encompassing anything you could possibly imagine.
That aside, the town has several must-visit markets that are teeming with handmade souvenirs, live entertainment and freshly made fare.
Most frequently held on Wednesdays and Sundays, markets in Mornington will further render your shopping options limitless.
Each market is filled with cheerful atmosphere and a marvellous selection of food.
5. Art appreciation
Art lovers are in for a treat as Mornington is home to a handful of galleries.
Often on display are a combination of local art, focused collections, curated displays, and touring exhibits.
Some showcases are refreshed seasonally, too! On top of that, a timely visit to the gallery store is not only quintessential but also a good excuse to purchase momentous keepsakes.
6. A good ol’ cup of joe
There’s nothing better than a satisfying breakfast to fuel your body for a big day ahead. Mornington, just like most towns across Victoria, has no shortage of awe-inspiring cafes that will give you the dash of energy you’ll need.
Lift your morning spirits with cold press juice and superfoods, or recharge with a mid-day coffee. Before sundown, treat yourself to a fine selection of freshly baked cakes and pastries—also a brilliant opportunity to pick up gifts for friends and family back home.
It’s no secret that Mornington, chock-full of stunning views, is wonderful for laidback seaside lunches.
But don’t let its quietude and serenity fool you: from galleries and cafes, to markets and culinary events, Mornington always keeps its visitors busy.
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This article was first published on Visit Mornington Peninsula.