Driving Tour of the Mornington Peninsula from Melbourne

One of the most popular driving tours of the Mornington Peninsula covers a distance of 248km. The East of the Phillip Bay touring route from Melbourne is also one of the most scenic routes, with breathtaking scenery around every corner. Read on for more…

As you depart Melbourne, get onto the Nepean Highway. Continue southeastwards in the suburbs of Melbourne and follow the signs for the first town along the route, Frankston.

In Frankston you can visit the famous McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, and check out the outstanding Australian Art by renowned painters Williams and Drysdale. Or, you can venture into the sculpture park for some wonderful art displays in a bushland backdrop!

From here you’ll be driving parallel to the coast on the Nepean Highway (Number 3), and you’ll pass a number of magnificent beaches before you reach the town of Mornington. If you’ve an hour to spare it’s a good idea to stop here and potter around the town. Maybe have a drink in one of the cafes that overlook the Mornington Harbour and watch the waves rolling in.

A visit to Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is also well worthwhile. After your refreshments at Mornington, travel onto Sorrento, a picturesque village with wonderful limestone properties, housing art galleries and charming restaurants. If you wish, you could take a boat trip to catch a glimpse the dolphins and seals at play, or go fishing!

Collins Settlement Historic Site at Sorrento is worth visiting as well. From here you could take a boat cruise to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

After Sorrento continue on the Nepean Highway onto Portsea. You have now covered a total of 97km from Melbourne, a driving time of 2 hours. At Portsea, a visit to Point Nepean is a must for great views of Port Phillip Bay. It’s the most westerly point of the Mornington Peninsula. Here you can check out the Australian coastal fortifications that were in operation for coastal defence during WWII.

The Mornington Peninsula National Park is well worth stopping off at on this part of the driving tour. The park includes some of the region’s most tranquil beaches. The park features a wild and rocky coastline including a unique rock formation called London Bridge!

The next stage on your driving tour will take you from Portsea to Cape Schanck, a driving distance of 30km (40-minute drive). Here at Cape Schanck, you can take in the stunning views of the Bass Strait or you could avail of a guided tour of the marvellous Cape Schanck Lighthouse.

You’re now on the western side of the Mornington Peninsula, and from here continue your journey onto the picturesque fishing village of Flinders, 12km from Cape Schanck. Flinders is a great place to relax and unwind, and offers an abundance of watersports, safe beaches, and plenty of art and craft galleries. For the golfer, don’t forget to enjoy a round at the wonderful Flinders Golf Course that overlooks the majestic Bass Strait, with stunning ocean scapes.

Leaving Flinders, you’ll be travelling in the direction of Arthur’s Seat and Red Hill, a driving distance of 15km. The Nepean Highway has changed road number at this stage, so you’re now on the B110. Arthur’s Seat boasts stunning views across the bay, and on clear days you can see the Melbourne skyscrapers!  Why not take a trip on the famous Chairlift at Arthur’s Seat to get a fulll panoramic view of the area?

The Red Hill region is the wine producing area of the Mornington Peninsula. As you drive along you can see the vineyards, farms and fruit orchards dotted around the landscape. There are plenty of wineries here – you can pick your wine from the cellar door, and taste the sparkling vintages. One well worth checking out is Red Hill Winery.

Good food is synonymous with the area as well, and the fresh produce can be enjoyed in the local eateries as you stop off in the Montalto area. In fact, for a treat, why not sample the local produce at Red Hill Market, which takes place on the first Saturday of each month?

For the final part of the Mornington Peninsula driving tour take the B110 along the coast for 21km to Hastings. This is a charming fishing town, where you can reel in some fish, or take a cruise of Western Port Bay.

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