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Melbourne Coastal Road Trip

Follow the locals to Mornington Peninsula.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  On Friday afternoons from December through February—the golden peak of Australian summer—you can almost trace a line of cars heading... more »

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Points of Interest

Hearty northern Italian food including house-made spaghetti with fresh clams, mussels, and bottarga (tuna roe).

Address:
26 Ocean Beach Rd.
Sorrento
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-0811

2. Debs Boutique

For flirty summer dresses and linen skirts and tops, the boutique showcases up-and-coming Australian designers like Thurley and Lisa Brown.

Address:
24 Ocean Beach Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-1617

3. Gallery Sorrento

The eclectic Gallery Sorrento has rotating exhibits by Australian artists such as Rick Matear, whose moody paintings often feature the Mornington Peninsula.

Address:
141 & 152 Ocean Beach Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-4933

Set high on the cliff above Sorrento’s small harbor on Port Phillip Bay, the hotel has 41 elegant rooms, some with timber finishes and exposed stone walls.

Address:
5-15 Hotham Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-8000

Book a romantic garden table and feast on sophisticated Mediterranean plates like a crisp-skinned duck breast and duck-leg confit—try it paired with a Pinot Noir from Paringa Estate, a nearby winery.

Address:
3183 Point Nepean Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-4444

6. Moorooduc Estate

A modest dirt road leads to this winery, where vintner Richard McIntyre’s earthy Shiraz and wood-fired pizzas (served only on weekends) have a cult following.

Address:
501 Derril Rd.
Moorooduc, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5971-8506

15 minutes southeast of Sorrento, natural mineral springs feed indoor and outdoor pools and baths.

Address:
Springs Ln.
Fingal
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5950-8777

The 89 suites and studios are accented in earthy, sunburned tones and many have private balconies or patios overlooking the property’s two golf courses.

Address:
55 Peter Thomson Dr.
Fingal, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5988-2000

From the tip of the peninsula, you can see black wallabies, blue-winged parrots, and long-nosed bandicoots.

Address:
Point Nepean Rd.
Portsea
Australia

Phone:
61-3-8627-4699

The collection of six high-design apartments opened in September 2010; rooms have boldly colored silk Italian throws, Missoni bathrobes, and amenities by Aesop.

Address:
263 Red Hill Rd.
Red Hill South, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5989-4444

Try the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the tasting room, a striking space with ribbed wood ceilings and views of the 60-acre property.

Address:
263 Red Hill Rd.
Red Hill South, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5989-4444

12. Seed

Exquisite children’s clothing, including colorful bathing suits (or cossies, as the Australians call them).

Address:
108 Ocean Beach Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-5042

13. Sorrento Portsea Getaways

Travelers planning an extended stay should consider renting a family-owned villa. Many of the ones from Sorrento Portsea have striking interiors, pools, tennis courts, and water views.

Address:
3741 Point Nepean Rd.
Portsea, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5984-4744

For the ultimate seaside picnic, head to the one-stop deli to pick up delicious ready-made meals (moussaka; pâtés; chicken-and-leek pies), freshly baked breads, and a variety of top-notch peninsula wines, including Stonier Reserve Chardonnay and Ten Minutes by Tractor Pinot Noir.

Address:
2 Ocean Beach Rd.
Sorrento, Victoria
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The winery has made a name for itself with its rich Chardonnays.

Address:
1333 Mornington Flinders Rd.
Main Ridge, Victoria
Australia

Phone:
61-3-5989-6080