Mornington Peninsula, while sometimes regarded as a suburb of Melbourne, has a favor all its own. It's primarily a tourist spot with lovely beaches and wineries. Mornington Peninsula holiday rentals are extremely popular.
Outdoors is the place to be in Mornington Peninsula. From the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park to the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, the lush beauty of this area is undeniable. Visitors also love the Point Nepean National Park with its stunning views and surf and bathing beaches. History buffs will enjoy Fort Nepean and the old Quarantine Station. There's a shuttle that takes visitors to different points at the park. Wine tours and tastings are also very popular in Mornington Peninsula. Don't forget a visit to the luxurious hot springs after a round of golf at one of the many courses.
Mornington Peninsula is about an hour from Melbourne. Most visitors prefer to drive because it gives them the opportunity to visit many of the local wineries at their own pace, as well as the many attractions. There's also a bus service that runs the length of the peninsula. Trains carry visitors from Franston to Hastings. Vehicle and passenger ferries are a popular option as well.
June through August are the rainiest months in Mornington Peninsula, with up to 18 rainy days in a month. January and February are the warmest months with temperatures in the mid-70s. Temperatures are quite moderate though. Even in July, the southern hemisphere's winter, average temps are in the 50s. An important note, Victoria is one of the most fire-prone areas in the world. The area sometimes has Total Fire Ban days where certain fire activities are not allowed.
Late September or early October brings Cherry Blossom Weekend when blooms are at their peak. They produce a spectacular show of nature's beauty with thousands of cherry trees in bloom in the area. Another fun time is the Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Day in the beginning of October. February brings a festive biennial event of the wine community at the Mornington Peninsula International Pinot Noir Celebration.
Mornington Peninsula offers a world of shopping opportunities including boutiques, markets, and vintage and antique shops. The area has more than 30 villages, each brimming with unique treasures. Mornington Peninsula's local markets are some of the best places to speak with local craftsmen and taste artisanal foods and wines. It's never the same day twice at the markets, which range from farmers markets to crafter markets to antique markets. Main Street Mornington also offers a number of shops and eateries and is a nice lengthy street perfect for shopping... or walking, if you need the justification.
Mornington Peninsula holiday rentals are an ideal way to enjoy this popular spot. From your home base you can explore the quaint villages and decide which one is your favorite.