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From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

1. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

2. From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

Depart from Sorrento, the native land of the Boonwurrung people, and the site of the first European settlement in 1803. Pass beneath the 20-million-year-old calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and in less than 15 minutes start discovering the vast Great Southern Reef beneath the water. Do some snorkeling at three different sites where you'll meet nature's finest temperate marine animals, many that exist nowhere else on Earth. See an array of colorful fish, graceful stingrays, unusual weedy seadragons, and entertaining seals. Swim freely listening to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours. In a swift RIB boat, travel quickly between each location, looking out for dolphin sightings as the tour explores the southern end of the peninsula.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

3. From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Exhilarate your senses with a visit to the award-winning coastal oasis of Peninsula Hot Springs, located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Experience complete relaxation, connection, and rejuvenation, as you unwind and experience geothermal bathing in a stunning natural setting. Explore over 50 different globally-inspired bathing experiences in the renowned Bath House and soak in 50°C mineral-rich waters. Try out unique experiences such as a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool and much more. Simply board your direct shuttle from Central Melbourne and prepare for a day of complete rejuvenation of the mind and soul.

Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

4. Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

Visit 4 of the region's best wineries with a guide who will provide you with lots of local knowledge. Enjoy an amazing experience and create everlasting memories. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where you can take photos. Lunch, with a glass of wine and tastings, is offered at any of the wineries visited. See for yourself why the Mornington Peninsula wine region is rated as one of the best wine regions in Australia.

Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

5. Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

This Mornington Peninsula discovery tour offers beginners and seasoned wine lovers alike some insight into the roles played by varieties, location, and wine making in producing world-class and cool-climate wines. Set in the breathtaking Alto wine room - complete with panoramic views overlooking the estate vineyards. It is in this room that you are guided through an educational tasting of wine from the current releases and back vintages, as well as limited bottles not available anywhere else. Following your tasting, take a seat in the beautiful Piazza where a seasonal menu is drawn from the produce gardens. Included in your Montalto Mornington Peninsula discovery tasting is a casual, shared lunch in the piazza, accompanied by a glass of the estate's wine. Following lunch, take your time to explore the contemporary sculpture collection set amongst the produce gardens and vineyards of the Montalto Estate.

Mornington Peninsular Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

6. Mornington Peninsular Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Tour

The Mornington Peninsular is as stunning as it is diverse. From the quiet bay side beach boxes to the roaring southern ocean the hinterland of the Peninsular is home to many hidden gourmet delights. Rustic farmhouses with generous samples of fresh goats cheese, chocolate creations produced in a gorgeous seaside town and some of the best Pinot Noir anywhere in the world make up this day tour! The day begins with hotel pickup in Melbourne and surrounding areas or you can meet the bus at other pickup points along the way. At Main Ridge Dairy you sample some of the goats cheese from this small boutique farm and meet the goats themselves!   Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsular. Each winery has been selected for its excellent cellar door experience and variety of wines. The Mornington Peninsular is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and you will sample these and other varietals throughout the day. Then sample their multi award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing combinations and creations. Sit back in a cozy cafe in the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its boutique shops and galleries or take a stroll to the beach. Step into the wonderful world of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm. Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines. Indulge in strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick you own punnet! (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at an extra cost)

Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

7. Mornington Peninsula & Hot Springs Tour

Time to hit the highway and make your way to the idyllic Mornington Peninsula. Your first stop is the summit of Arthurs Seat where you'll share panoramic ocean views and some morning tea. This is just a taste of things to come. Next, move on to Bushrangers Bay for a 5-mile (8-kilometer) hike featuring unreal coastal scenery, rocky bays, wild oceans, and one picturesque lighthouse. Spot local kangaroos and listen to the songs of native birds as you wander along the undulating path. After you return from the hike, recharge with a beautiful lunch at one of the Mornington Peninsula's best cafes, Merchant & Maker. Your final destination is Peninsula Hot Springs where you'll spend a couple of hours soaking in the natural hot pools. It’s the perfect way to end a great date with nature!

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

8. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

From Melbourne: Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

9. From Melbourne: Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Just 90 minutes from Melbourne, the Peninsula Hot Springs offers a truly unique and relaxing experience of natural thermal hot springs and a day spa. Inspired by the finest international bath houses, the location offers over 50 unique bathing experiences from steam baths, to massaging mineral showers, to a panoramic hilltop pool.  Next up, climb aboard Arthurs Seat Eagle for a bird’s eye view of the state park as you fly overhead, admiring the breathtaking scenery of Port Phillip Bay and the Peninsula’s stunning white beaches.  Afterwards, choose to hand pick strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm (only available from November to March and subject to fruit availability) or visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to indulge in some locally produced sweet treats (available all year round). Relax on your journey back to Melbourne and make use of free wifi onboard to share your new memories with family and friends. Get dropped off back at your pickup location between 6:15 and 6:45 PM.

Mornington Peninsula Tour Full-Day from Melbourne

10. Mornington Peninsula Tour Full-Day from Melbourne

Discover Victoria's stunning natural treasures on this day trip to the charming Mornington Peninsula. Start your tour with a hotel pickup and leave Melbourne behind as you travel to the tip of the Peninsula to visit the seaside town of Portsea. See its famous colored swimming boxes and get a photo, marvel at the mansions of millionaires walk and learn the history of the peninsula before visiting the London Bridge Rock formation and watching the surf on the Ocean Side of the bay. Choose to visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can try your hand at picking strawberries. Note that this option is only available November-March and is subject to fruit availability. Alternatively, visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to indulge in some locally produced sweet treats (available year round). Marvel at the spectacular panoramic views from the Gondola as you descend down the mountain before heading back to Melbourne. The perfect end to the day.

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What people are saying about Mornington Peninsula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Lots of beautiful spots enjoy and pools to soak in. Staff are excellent, changing room are clean, keeping your stuff are easy and safe. A bit long queue at the Hill top pool since it's not too big. Might need to come on weekdays. Beautiful Melb views from the gondola. Staff are super friendly and gave great options. Met and talked with the friendly locals at Bathing Boxes those shared the history and other gem spots to explore around.

Absolutely wonderful sooo relaxing. Will go again for sure. Staff perfect friendly and unobtrusive. Had the picnic what a treat that was. Fresh salads, vaiety of cut fruit, yoghurt and chai pudding with berries. Handful of nuts and bliss balls. Cheese and biscuits to boot. Right size portions so nothing was wasted. Thank you to the thoughtful person who was in charge if that. We will highly recommend to others. Wen & Rob

Really great experience, even with choppy, cold water. Exciting to see the seals up close and getting the opportunity to see a big stingray. Experienced and professional crew, and well allotted on board Cafe. My only complaint would be that there was no signage or directions when we arrived and, although the invitation specified arriving early, we left late.

Our guide, Adrian, was very informative and helpful. The wineries we visited were excellent, provided interesting information and were generous with the tastings. Lunch was tasty and efficiently provided, with plentiful helpings and pleasant service. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone living or travelling in Victoria.

Explore Australia staff were very responsive and proactive in making sure my booking was good to go. The Hot Springs were busy but overall relaxing. I was able to get a space when I wanted one.