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Local Insight: Mornington Peninsula

With its relaxed ‘coast meets country’, foodie-inspired, leisure-loving lifestyle within easy reach of the CBD, the Mornington Peninsula is hard to beat.

Celebrated for its world-class attractions, including award-winning wineries, geothermal springs, waterfront restaurants, and links golf courses, the Peninsula is well-known as ‘Melbourne’s Playground’.

Abundant in natural beauty, the Peninsula is flanked by breathtaking bay and ocean beaches, with a verdant interior of lush hinterland and a spine of elevated peaks running its length, which means you don’t have to live right by the coast to have incredible water views.

From sophisticated apartments and townhouses to clifftop mansions, country estates, and luxurious contemporary coastal homes, there is a huge diversity of property choices on the Mornington Peninsula.

Catering for sea-changers, tree-changers, upsizing families, downsizing retirees, and those in search of the perfect holiday sanctuary, RT Edgar has the Mornington Peninsula covered with offices in Mount Eliza, Rye, and Portsea-Sorrento.


Inspiring Places to Eat, Drink, Play or Stay on the Mornington Peninsula

Curated experiences at The Continental Sorrento

The Continental Sorrento offers a curated collection of dining, entertainment, luxury hotel and wellness experiences. Headlined by Audrey’s restaurant, the indulgent selection of on-site food and drink offerings include ’The Conti’ Public Bar and Beer Garden, The Atrium all-day dining venue, Barlow, the late-night speakeasy, and the sunset terrace. With 108 guest rooms, and a swimming pool, The Continental is the perfect place to stay, and why not fully unwind at Aurora Spa & Bathhouse, the historic hotel’s expansive, subterranean wellness centre offering bathing, a Nordic sauna and steam rooms.

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Cool and calm at Alba Thermal Springs & Spa

While the weather is still warm, Alba Thermal Springs & Spa invites you to plunge into a cold pool to calm your mind and relax your body. Research suggests regular cold water immersion can boost the immune system, improve circulation, reduce inflammation and relieve stress. Find your indulgence in the peaceful surroundings of Alba’s contemporary indoor, open-air, and outdoor thermal pools, or renew and recalibrate with an exquisite ritual or treatment in their luxury day spa.

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Iconic dining at The Rocks

Reflecting its deep connection to the coast, the Rocks prides itself on showcasing sustainably sourced Australian seafood from its iconic dining space overlooking Mornington Harbour. With its commitment to fresh produce and a hand-curated selection of wines and spirits, The Rocks is loved by locals and visitors alike and is the perfect place to gather, share and enjoy delicious food and drinks on the waterfront deck, dining room or cocktail bar. Established for over 20 years, The Rocks is a celebrated Mornington culinary institution that proudly supports local and regional producers.

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Creative Inspo at The Studio & Co

Reflecting the creative spirit of the Peninsula’s diverse and flourishing community of artists, designers and innovators, The Studio & Co, located on the iconic site of the old Moorooduc antiques centre, supports a host of creative tenants with shared values.

Established by local glassblower Leisa Wharington and business partner Nadia Hughes, visitors will discover a collection of artists’ studios and workshops, a fine art gallery, a café, a plant nursery, and plenty of retail spaces showcasing a selection of locally crafted pieces including glass, jewellery, ceramics, textiles and furniture.

It’s the collective of creatives at The Studio & Co that has made it such a special space for locals, and an exciting new destination for visitors to the Mornington Peninsula.

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Harbourside Dining at Cptn Jack's

From seafood delights to hearty classics, the menu at Cptn Jack's promises a culinary adventure for all tastes. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, each dish celebrates the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula while offering a contemporary twist. Nestled by the tranquil waters of Yaringa Boat Harbour, Cptn Jack's provides a picturesque setting for every occasion, whether it's a casual lunch or a special dinner celebration. Guests can indulge in fresh seafood, succulent steaks, and seasonal dishes, all served with a side of breathtaking harbour views.

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South Beach Project

Idyllically located opposite Mount Martha’s stunning South Beach, this laidback, landmark Peninsula venue prides itself on serving up top-notch coffee and first-rate food inspired by local and seasonal produce. Dine indoors or out, for breakfast, brunch or lunch, or special occasions, with plenty of spots offering water views. A curated list of beverages is also available including local wines and cocktails. Understandably one of Mount Martha’s most popular summer eateries, the cooler, quieter months are the time to enjoy the delicious offerings and coastal ambience with the warmth of a wood fire heater.

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