Five Winter Daytrip Escapes on the Mornington Peninsula

Although it is one of Victoria’s most iconic tourism destinations, the Mornington Peninsula can become quiet during the winter months as beachgoers and holiday makers seek gentler climates further north. However, there are still plenty of things to do on the Peninsula during the winter months, and with its proximity to Melbourne, it’s the perfect place for a winter daytrip. This week, we’ve come up with five ways you can enjoy the beauty and tranquillity or the Mornington Peninsula during the winter months.

sunset riders on the beach

Peninsula Hot Springs

Victoria’s premier natural hot springs, the Peninsula Hot Springs is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. The natural thermal mineral waters flow through 20 globally inspired bathing experiences including both pools and private baths. The Spa Dreaming Centre takes self-care to the next level with unique spa treatments such as the Australian Aboriginal-inspired kodo full body massage.

Ashcombe Maze

Boasting Australia’s oldest hedge maze planted with over 1000 cypress trees and a 3000-square meter ‘lavender labyrinth’ made up over more than 4000 lavender plants, the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens are a sight to behold. During the winter months, more than two million bluebells flower beneath the bare branches of the woodland trees and the flowering Hellebores (Winter Rose) in the rose maze are absolutely breathtaking.

Beach horse rides

A unique way to enjoy the Mornington Peninsula’s stunning bush and beach landscapes, Gunnamatta Trail Rides offers a unique St. Andrew’s Beach and Bush Ride that winds through the peaceful bushland and then along the wild surf beach at St Andrews. This ride is suitable for beginner riders but Gunnamatta Trail Rides also offer trips for intermediate and experienced riders.

Beleura House and Garden

Built by Scotsman James Butchart in 1863, Beleura House was once described as the ‘finest mansion in the colony’ and remains a stunning heritage location to this day. Gifted to the people of Victoria for their ‘education and enjoyment’ by composer Jack Morton Tallis, Beleura House has regular house and garden tours (tea and biscuits are included) and hosts numerous cultural events throughout the year.

DIY winery tour

Known as Australia’s most famous cool climate wine region, the Peninsula is dotted with outstanding wineries (and eateries) which are the perfect places to curl up and catch up with friends on a blustery winter day. Three of our favourite wineries include Ten Minutes by Tractor, Crittenden Wine Centre, and Foxeys Hangout.

With comfortable, modern buses and experienced drivers, Melbourne on the Move’s bus hire services mean you can sit back, relax, and take in all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer.