Cruises to Mornington Peninsula
Home to one of just three geothermal hot springs in Australia, the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place to let off steam.
With its vineyards, orchards and waterfront restaurants, the Mornington Peninsula is often compared to the Mediterranean. And like its European counterpart, its wonderful laidback vibe and endless coastline has made it a magnet for holidaymakers young and old. The boot-shaped region is almost entirely surrounded by sea, making up about 10 per cent of Victoria’s magnificent coastline. Charming seaside villages pepper the Peninsula, including Sorrento, Portsea and Flinders and little hinterland hamlets such as Red Hill. Port Phillip Bay is home to bottlenose dolphins and the gorgeous, delicate weedy seadragon. It’s also where you can find great surf, scuba diving, fishing, bottlenose dolphins, sea dragons and fur seals.
At A Glance
Mornington Peninsula Shore Tours
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What To See
Famous food and wine
When visiting one of Australia’s best cool climate wine regions, you’d better have its award-winning pinot noir, pinot gris and chardonnay at the top of your tasting list. Join a Shore Tour and explore some of the region’s best cellar doors by coach or on horseback and meet the makers, enjoy insightful tastings and wash it all down with a glass of vino.
Dip your toe into a unique bathing wonderland
Soak your cares away at Peninsula Hot Springs, a big, beautiful collection of mineral-rich geothermal spring baths, the balmy water sourced from deep underground. Take your pick from over 20 different bathing experiences, from the social Bath House, to the Spa Dreaming Centre offering luxurious private pampering. There’s also a cave pool, Turkish steam bath and hilltop pool with 360° views.
The life aquatic
Go beach paddleboarding along Mornington Peninsula’s stunning beaches, or explore Point Nepean National Park’s coastline from a sea kayak and catch a sight of the locals - dolphins, seadragons and seals. Snorkel with weedy seadragons, wild bottlenose dolphins and playful fur seals or take a fishing trip. It’s all available through our great range of Shore Excursions.
Your ship will off shore and tender boats will provide a regular service to and from Mornington Pier and Jetty.
Mornington’s town centre and beachfront is within short walking distance.
The nearest taxi rank is located on 124 Main Street, Mornington, outside The Grand Hotel Mornington.
Where there’s good wine, great food follows. The Mornington Peninsula has cultivated award-winning restaurants the likes of Ten Minutes by Tractor, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Max’s Restaurant Red Hill, Terminus and Paringa Estate. Or head straight to the source - countless local growers and producers sell everything from artisan cheese, freshly-roasted coffee, fudge, limoncello, cherry vinegar, cold pressed olive oil and handmade chocolate, fresh from the farm gate.
Each of the Mornington Peninsula’s 30 seaside and hinterland seaside villages offer a unique shopping experience, from charming cafes and restaurants, galleries, local produce stores, boutiques and antique stores, including Australia’s biggest antique barn, Tyabb Packing House. With over 370 stores, Mornington has a large variety of shopping options. For local art and crafts, the Main Street Mornington Market is held every cruise visit.
The Mornington Peninsula enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm to hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Daily temperatures range from 22 - 23 degrees in January and 10 - 13 degrees in July.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign cardholders.
Public telephones are available throughout Mornington Peninsula. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Wi-fi hotspots are not available on the Mornington Peninsula.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen and bottled water.
There are a range of Shore Tours available to really get the most out of your time at Mornington Peninsula. Shore Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your Shore Tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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