When traveling south from Melbourne the traveller eyes the ‘Peninsula’. The reason is easy. The trifecta for the Melbourne holiday maker. The sheltered coastline, the surf beaches to the south (just 2 or 3 ks) and the calmer beaches of Port Phillip Bay to the north.

The ‘pen’ is located just 70k’ south-east of urban Melbourne. Geographically, the peninsula begins its protrusion from the mainland in the area at Dromana. Around 135,000 people live on the peninsula, most in the small towns on its western shorelines which are sometimes regarded as outlying suburbs of greater Melbourne. During the summer months, the population can swell to around 250,000 people.

The main centres are Portsea, Rye, Rosebud and Dromana, but there are many other tourist spots.

The Peninsula also includes Cape Schank, a favorite tourist location.

The ‘pen’ also is host to just about every recreational activity, that includes golf, theatre, restaurants and pubs, circuses during summer, and of course fishing and surfing. You could nearly say every water sport. The ‘pen’ is also a happy place, and sort after at holiday times.

Harold Holt, the Prime Minister of Australia, went missing at the Portsea Back Beach, but there is no recognition point that was ‘advertised’

The hotels are in most centres great holiday classics.

There is evidence of heritage but mainly only the churches have survived.

The Rye War Memorial and the 1st Settlement Memorial at Glengowrie is worth a look

Whilst the Mornington Peninsula is very close to Melbourne, but the moment the traveler passes Arthur Seat, holiday endorphins’ are triggered, and the emotions then  are the ‘relax, rest and enjoy type.




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course