Beach extends south along the bay all the way from Melbourne only with the exception of a couple of rocky headlands.
Travelling south down the west coast of the peninsula from Melbourne you will come to Arthurs Seat. The top of this tall hill provides views along the coast and the Melbourne skyscrapers are visable in the distance. There is also an expensive restaurant here placed to take the most of the view.
Inland at Red Hill is Ashcombe Maze made from hedges.
A little further is the Red Hill Estate winery and restaurant with views of over Westernport Bay to Phillip Island.
The two main beachside towns for holiday makers are Portsea at the end of the peninsula and Sorrento just before it. Portsea particularly is where the affluent have holiday homes.
Behind Portsea and Sorrento on the southern side of peninsula are the surf beaches, Sorrento Ocean Beach and Portsea Back Beach..
At Portsea it is possible to go to Point Nepean for a view across the very narrow entrance to Port Phillip Bay at the head of which Melbourne is built.
Cape Shank is a rugged rocky place with a lighthouse designating the southern tip of the peninsula. A walking trail lead to the tip of the cape. Allow one hour. Car parking $5?
There are many wineries on the Morninton Peninsula. One is Red Hill
Estate. This winery and restaurant has great views over Western Port
Bay to Phillip Island.
PLACES TO EAT
Red Hill Estate This winery and restaurant has great views over Western Port Bay to Phillip Island.
Arthurs Seat The top of this tall hill provides views along the
coast and the Melbourne skyscrapers are visable in the distance. The expensive
restaurant here is placed to take the most of the view.
The Continental Hotel on Main Street Sorrento has a nightclub. Otherwise you will have to return to the large outer Melbourne suburb of Frankston where the 21st Century Dance Club is on the corner of the Nepean Highway and Davey Street in town.
Each town has pubs. The larger the town the busier. Sorrento and Portsea
are more touristy. Don't discount the large outer Melbourne suburb of Frankston
where the action is centred on the corner of Nepean Highway and Davey Street.
Public transport is irregular. Some buses travel along the west coast
of the peninsula. Otherwise drive or get an organised tour.
GETTING THERE AND AWAY
Drive south from Melbourne along St Kilda Road (Melbourne map ref N17). This road changes name to Brighton Road then Nepean Highway which continues all the way along the Peninsula. The drive takes an hour.
By Train and Bus
Catch the Melbourne metropolitan train to Frankston and change to a bus there going south along the coast to get to Portsea. Allow three hours.
A passenger and vehicle ferry operates between Sorrento and Queenscliff
of the otherside of the entrance to Port Philip Bay.
WHERE TO GO NEXT
Return to Melbourne
Take the vehicular ferry from Sorrento across the entrance of Port Phillip
Bay to Queenscliff on the Surf Coast then continue west along
the Great Ocean Road