With so much to do on Mornington Peninsula, you may have a tough time deciding where to begin. The island offers numerous indoor and outdoor pursuits including biking, hiking, snorkelling and swimming. Rather than haul your gear back and forth, use the Storage Mornington Peninsula uses, Rosebud Mini Warehousing. Stash your stuff safely and use this quick guide to one of Australia’s most popular areas to whittle down the possibilities to five must do activities.
Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
Take a comprehensive guided tour of Phillip Island. One of the highlights is the Penguin Parade. You’ll also meet the fur seals, another animal-focused attraction. While you can’t pet them, you can observe them at Seal Rock and the Nobbies. A visit to the Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Center provides an educational experience on native Australian animal conservation. Many tour groups serve Phillip Island with round-trip transportation from Melbourne hotels.
Arthurs Seat State Park
Arthurs Seat State Park provides a scenic nature reserve with two mountain biking trails, walking/hiking trails and a chairlift. Explore its more than 572 hectares on foot or by bike the park’s OT Dam and McLarens Dam tracks. You can also take the chairlift to the summit, Arthurs Seat (372 meters). If you’re just getting started hiking, try the 1.8 km Circuit Walk. Arthurs Seat State Park offers barbecue grills, picnic tables and restrooms, so you can enjoy an outdoor meal. You’ll probably want to make multiple trips to explore this massive park, so leave your bikes in Storage Mornington Peninsula for easy access.
Point Nepean National Park
Point Nepean National Park on the western tip of the peninsula allows guests to enjoy amazing ocean views in a historical context. The Boon Wurrung people made this their seasonal home, but post-colonisation, it became the location of a Quarantine Station, established in 1852. It’s also home to Fort Nepean, a historical military base key to the country’s defense in earlier years. The fort’s construction began during the late 1870s. You can tour both, viewing the fort’s original gun emplacements and the Quarantine Station’s more than 50 heritage buildings. Enjoy a swim or snorkel after you’ve studied the area’s history. You can stash your snorkelling gear in Storage Mornington Peninsula for easy access to make frequent trips to explore this historic site easier.
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery
McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery grants you the experience of enjoying art and nature at the same time. Hike its 16 hectares of bushland via its walking trails. Admire its open air gallery of more than 100 sculptures by major Australian artists as you stroll. The gallery has scattered the monumental sculptures of luminary artists including Bruce Armstrong, Inge King and Clement Meadmore throughout the nature park. In addition to its permanent collection, it also hosts visiting exhibitions.
Enchanted Adventure Garden
Try not to get lost in the hedge Maze in Mornington Peninsula. The Enchanted Adventure Garden also has tube slides, a canopy walk, an obstacle course made of rope and an indoor 3D maze. You can purchase tickets for zipline rides and treetop climbs.