Cape Schanck and the Mornington Peninsula
Cape Schanck is at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, about 90 minutes drive from Melbourne. (see Map of Mornington Peninsula). Mornington Peninsula has long been a holiday destination for Melbourne Weekend Getaways.
Mornington Peninsula has multiple identities: bounded by Port Phillip Bay to the west with seaside beaches and summer resorts, and Western Port Bay to the east with mangroves and mudflats, to the south there is a rocky coastline and wild ocean beaches between West Head and Cape Schanck fronting the Bass Strait, to centre you’ll find rolling hills with rich soil producing some of Australia’s best wine and agricultural produce.
Mornington Peninsula forms the eastern opening to the Bay, which is the only ocean entrance for all ships coming to Melbourne and Geelong. The narrow entrance to Port Phillip Bay, called the Rip, is only 3 and 1/2 Kilometres wide, but reefs and shallows constrict the navigable opening to to about 1 km. The Rip, as the name suggests, has fierce currents that have claimed many ships. The entrance to the Bay is a triangular area of water between the land points of Point Nepean on Mornington Peninsula, and Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Most visitors come to Mornington Peninsula to enjoy the quiet beaches along Port Phillip Bay staying in seaside villages like Frankston at the northern edge, Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea. All of these villages are connected by the Point Nepean Road running along the Bay.
Mornington Peninsula Wineries, Food and the Art of Life
The Peninsula combines the best of country living with the culture of city life. Just an hour from Melbourne – artists, chefs, and creative business people have long made the Peninsula home and the proximity to Melbourne has provided a lot of opportunity to be creative.
Explore the galleries, spas and cafes in relaxed seaside villages, or escape to the rolling hinterland with over 50 cellar doors – producing Mornington Peninsula’s renown Chardonnay’s and Pinot Noir’s. Visit local farmers markets where you’ll see a bounty of organic produce, meats and cheeses, bakery goods and more.
Mornington Peninsula is a Golfers Paradise offering a great variety of courses, most of which are open to the public. (See more about Golf Holidays on Mornington Peninsula)