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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Place to shop
“The Mornington Peninsula is the beautiful wine growing region to the south of Melbourne. In addition to the many excellent wineries to visit, there are first class restaurants. One recommendation is the Merricks General Store. Wholesome interesting food. Well worth a visit.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Mornington Peninsula is a great place to explore. With many beaches from the bay to the ocean you are spoiled for choice. Enjoy the many cafes, restaurants and bars in the area. Unwind at the Peninsula Hot Springs or ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Food
“Great cellar door, a beautiful setting and a wonderful range of dishes to choose from.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
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“Dromana Estate’s picturesque Tuerong Homestead, the home for its cellar door and restaurant. 10-15 minutes drive. (03) 5974 4400 www.dromanaestate.com.au/ ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Store
“Learn to surf on the back beach (usually Point Leo) - Prue has been running group and individual lessons for many years! 0417 526 465”
  • 3 locals recommend
Museum
“Don't know what category to put this in! Restaurant, historic homestead, concerts, theatre, nature reserve, boardwalk, wetlands, guided night tours, plant nursery, vineyard, cows grazing. Just go!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
  • 1 local recommends
Movie Theatre
“A truly beautiful location steeped in incredible history, The Briars is one of the oldest properties on the Mornington Peninsula and the ideal location for Barefoot Cinema. When you arrive at the Briars, you will immediately feel the fun and relaxed atmosphere as you settle in for a great night out. The local musicians are playing in the background, the food truck is cooking up a storm and the drinks are flowing. With the vineyard sloping away at your feet, you sit back and enjoy the stunning views across the rolling hills. As the day turns to night, we light up the Barefoot Cinema screen and this historic homestead is transformed into a wonderful outdoor cinema. Book tickets now to experience this for yourself! ”
  • 1 local recommends
Farm
“Selling quality local seasonal produce including veggies, fruit, eggs, honey and Tuerong Farm flour out of a repurposed old train carriage. There's a couple of goats with amazing climbing skills to stop and watch. Open Fridays and weekends. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Josephine’s offer’s you a fine dining experience for any occasion. Be absorbed by the ambiance of the Restaurant while over looking historic gardens and farmlands, set in the beautiful surrounds of Mount Martha. Enjoy our exciting menus, while relaxing with a wide selection of local wines. We are proud to utilise all local produce and traders on the Peninsula. The restaurant is able to cater for Coeliacs, Gluten Free, Gluten Dairy Free and Vegetarians, ensuring that who ever is dining with us is able to relax and know that their dietary requirements are catered for. With a special Children’s Menu and an abundance of green land for them to run around on, it is a great place for you to relax while the children are able to let off steam. There is also stress free parking, as Josephine’s has it’s own parking area. Set in the beautiful surroundings of The Briars, National Trust. Originally the old homestead of the Briars is set on 230 hectares on the Mornington Peninsula. The views from the Restaurant being set up on the hill is panoramic. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
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“ A homestead and wildlife sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula steeped in local history, flora and fauna. The Briars homestead was completed in 1851 and occupied by Alexander Balcombe. After failing to find his fortune at the goldfields Balcombe farmed the land and tended 40 hectares of vineyards – experimenting unsuccessfully in wine production. Balcombe was born on the island of St Helena and when Napoleon was exiled there, his father had business dealings with the former emperor. Continuing that Napoleonic association, Balcombe’s granddaughter Dame Mabel Brookes established a collection of Napoleon related memorabilia which is displayed in the homestead. Entry to the park is free.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Food
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
“Peaceful place for a picnic or an easy stroll along the edge of the water and watching the birds.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Store
“Established in 1973 and located in the ‘Heart of the Peninsula’, Devilbend course provides a great day’s golf on a course that has couch fairways, automatic watering and excellent greens. It is a challenging 18 hole 5998m course set amidst a flora and fauna reserve. Over the past ten years the capital works program has been implemented with the result that the course has improved in all areas. Each hole provides magnificent views of undulating countryside and provides a variety of challenges for all golfers. The club and its players are widely respected in district and state competitions. Facilities include a driving range, practice nets and a large practice putting area. The clubhouse i”
  • 1 local recommends
Natural Feature
“Devilbend has recently been turned from a reservoir to a beautiful park. You can fish for trout or have a BBQ on the electric BBQ's provided. Or just go for a walk in one of the Peninsula's hidden gems.”
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Josephine’s offer’s you a fine dining experience for any occasion. Be absorbed by the ambiance of the Restaurant while over looking historic gardens and farmlands, set in the beautiful surrounds of Mount Martha. Enjoy our exciting menus, while relaxing with a wide selection of local wines. We are proud to utilise all local produce and traders on the Peninsula. The restaurant is able to cater for Coeliacs, Gluten Free, Gluten Dairy Free and Vegetarians, ensuring that who ever is dining with us is able to relax and know that their dietary requirements are catered for. With a special Children’s Menu and an abundance of green land for them to run around on, it is a great place for you to relax while the children are able to let off steam. There is also stress free parking, as Josephine’s has it’s own parking area. Set in the beautiful surroundings of The Briars, National Trust. Originally the old homestead of the Briars is set on 230 hectares on the Mornington Peninsula. The views from the Restaurant being set up on the hill is panoramic. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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