Good morning, Mornington
August 17, 2019 5:09 PM   Subscribe

As a northern ‘burbs gal, I am excitedly looking forward to housesitting in Mornington (Victoria, Australia), on the Grand Final long weekend - so close to the beach! What should I check out on the way to, and on, the peninsula?

I enjoy:
  • Bushwalking
  • Beachcombing, especially rockpool and seashell spotting
  • Outstanding food and local ingredients, including seafood (I can’t eat chillies)
  • Succulents, pelargoniums, native plants, salvias and indoor plants (nurseries, markets, roadside stalls)
  • Gardens
  • Opshops, secondhand treasures and antiques
  • Historic sites and museums

    My partner loves swimming (I’m a paddler at best!)

    I’m not fussed about:
  • Wineries
  • Coffee

    I have already been to (and love):
  • The Vintage Shed
  • Pure Peninsula Honey
  • TuttiFrutti Artisan Gelato

    I’m already aware of:
  • Commonfolk Coffee Company (Mornington)
  • Store Fifteen (Mornington)
  • The Australian Orchid Garden (Tyabb)
  • Collectors Corner/Garden World (Keysborough)
  • Cranbourne Botanic Gardens
  • The Dandenongs

  • What would you recommend?
    posted by brushtailedphascogale to Travel & Transportation around Melbourne, Australia (2 answers total)
    Hmm. If you can go early enough in the day, Peninsula Hotsprings might be fun, but with a long weekend that is school holiday adjacent, (actually the middle weekend, I think?) it will probably be pretty busy, later in the day. There is an adult's only section that you can buy tickets to.
    posted by freethefeet at 10:25 PM on August 17, 2019

    - Merricks general wine store for lunch, or Paringa Estate for a delicious fancier meal
    - Tyabb packing house antiques just down the road from the Vintage Shed.
    - Hike across the peninsula on the Two Bays track from McCrae to Cape Schanck. Or for something less taxing, wander through Endeavour Fern Gully, or take a picnic to Seawinds garden
    - History: Cape Schanck lighthouse, McCrae homestead, and Mulberry Hill (Joan Lindsay’s house)
    - Heronswood gardens, nursery and restaurant in a historic house (there’s an entry fee if you’re not a Diggers club member)
    posted by Naanwhal at 3:52 AM on August 18, 2019 [1 favorite]

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