Find Fun Free Things to Do!
Fear not, we’ve got you covered with a list of things to do on the Mornington Peninsula which won’t break the bank! Think; stunning beaches, unique gardens, spectacular walking landscapes and diverse coastlines.
Whether you are on a mini break, here for an event or just looking for something fun to do, there are plenty of free options.
The summit of Arthur’s Seat is the highest point on the Mornington Peninsula at 314 metres with views stretching across to the Melbourne city skyline, the You Yangs and Mt Macedon. Aside from magnificent views you can also enjoy walks, a picnic area with BBQ’s, exploring Seawinds Gardens and try out mountain biking trails. MORE>>
On the rugged ocean side of the peninsula sits Cape Schanck Boardwalk at the most southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula. The area offers stunning coastal views, trails and a lighthouse. This is a favourite spot for photographers to capture the amazing colours found in the unique coastline and natural landscape. MORE>>
The Port Phillip beaches of Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento are sandy and shallow – perfect for swimming. The ocean beaches of Sorrento, Portsea, Gunnamatta and Point Leo offer good surfing, but also have dangerous rips (care should be taken to only swim between the flags). You’ll also find some great areas for rockpool rambling at Bridgewater Bay in Blairgowrie, Sorrento Back Beach and Mushroom Reef in Flinders. MORE>>
At last count, there were more than 30 cycle trails and bike tracks right throughout the Peninsula, including the 25 km Peninsula Link bike trail. So, this is simply brilliant cycling territory. Come and spin your wheels on kilometres of smooth sealed paths along the coastline – or if you’re a mountain biker you’ll find plenty of challenges. MORE>>
This historical mansion in Somers is set amongst a National Park of wetlands with bird hides, walking tracks to the beach and is great for picnics on the expansive lawn, learning about history and spotting wildlife. Binoculars are available for loan from the Visitor Centre. MORE>>
Hidden away in Tuerong is the region’s largest inland body of water, Devilbend Reservoir. In recent times it has become a popular place to take to the water on a stand-up paddle board or kayak as non-powered water craft are now permitted. Other activities include walks, fishing for rainbow or brown trout and bike riding. There is a shady picnic area with BBQ’s and toilets which make it an ideal spot to enjoy with family. MORE>>
Spend quality time together bonding over fishing and reap the rewards of something tasty to take home for dinner! You can throw in a line at any one of the piers along the Port Phillip coastline at Frankston, Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud and Rye, or the Western Port villages of Flinders and Hastings. MORE>>
The Mornington Peninsula boasts galleries of all sizes. Some house internationally recognized collections, others are a great place to pick up unique works for your own collection. Visit galleries set in artful gardens and visit gardens filled with contemporary art. MORE>>
When you get to the end of Portsea, keep on going and you will get to Point Nepean National Park with its historical Quarantine Station, interpretive displays and spectacular views. Walk or cycle to explore the military tunnels and forts and take in the fresh air. Facilities include; picnic area with BBQ’s and toilets, Visitor Centre and shelters. MORE>>
Open every day from 9am-5pm The Briars property is rich in history, abundant with wildlife and offers visitors a terrific opportunity to learn about the eco-system. Features include; a wildlife sanctuary and wetlands boardwalk, interpretive Visitor Centre, bird watching and a picnic area with BBQ’s and toilets. MORE>>
Located in Bittern is a hidden gem. Discover three sections of Warringine Park; Coastal Wetland, a Creekland and Woodland, pausing to enjoy the natural surrounds. There are great walking tracks with board walks through mangroves and the chance to spot over 110 species of birds. MORE>>