Melbourne to Mornington Peninsula Self-Drive Itinerary

Melbourne & Mornington Peninsula

Explore the vibrant city of Melbourne from its food and wine scene to its arts and events. Experience the cafe culture and cool coffee joints among its buzzing neighbourhoods and the freshest food at its markets. Wander the city's laneways, home to local artists and boutiques as well as some of the hippest eateries and wine joints.

Get on the road with our self drive itineraries and explore the surrounding region.’s pick of the region is the Mornington Peninsula, full of Aussie charm with a hint of a European coastal feel. Just an hour from city you can pamper yourself at Victoria’s first natural thermal springs, tuck into tapas including olives straight from the farms own grove before heading to the stunning beaches or taking a swim with the local wildlife including dolphins and seals.

South Melbourne Market

Meet the locals and do some food and coffee tasting at South Melbourne Market. Celebrating 150 years this year, this market just south of the Yarra river and 5 minutes tram from Flinders street is a great place to meet and mingle with the locals. From sipping artisan coffee to eating oysters fresh at the fish counters. Open 8am- 4pm Wed & Fri- Sunday.

Peninsula Hot Springs

Nestled in the hillside with stunning vistas these natural hot springs and day spa are just 90 minutes from the city. The award winning coastal oasis is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate on your holidays. Be sure to book in advance to confirm your place. Try and go first thing in the morning for stunning light shots, and why not try the breakfast in the Bath House Cafe

Swim with the dolphins and seals

Take a morning or afternoon cruise from Sorrento out into Port Phillip Bay to meet the local residents, the Australian Fur Seals. Get closer with the chance to get in the water and get up close and interact with these friendly beings. Although not guaranteed you might get to swim with the dolphins too!

Green Olive at Red Hill

There are many great places to enjoy the local produce in Mornington but this is our top pick. Dine, shop or even take a cooking class at this stunning location set in the vineyard where the produce you eat is grown. Open daily from 9am-5pm be sure to try their tapas, especially cold pressed olive oil with dukkah, we tempt you to leave without wanting to take some with you!

Arthurs Seat Cable Car

Newly opened in December 2017 the Eagle, Arthurs Seat cable car will fly you over the state forest and the highest point in the Peninsula down to the beach, and back if you wish giving you an eagle eye view over the bay. Last rides on the gondolas until March are at 7.30pm and then closing at 4.30pm April- October. No need to book, just ride.

Follow the self-drive map to discover Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula

Come and follow our self-drive route. We recommend a 2 nights stay in Melbourne city to enjoy the cosmopolitan side of Australian life before the 3 nights in the Mornington Peninsula to experience the city.

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