Location

Moonah Ridge, Moonah on Forbes and Moonah on Avon  are located on the Southern Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia.

Rye and St Andrews Beach is centrally located to the wonderful shopping, art galleries, craft shops and top class restaurants of Sorrento and nearby Portsea where you can enjoy a Mornington Peninsula wine on the Portsea Hotel deck overlooking Port Philip Bay.

Recreation & Leisure

Golf Courses

The Mornington Peninsula is the perfect destination for your next golf trip with more than 18 golf courses in the region and Moonah Ridge is able to accommodate up to 16 adults making it the ideal base for your next golf trip in Victoria Australia.

The Dunes Golf Links – Set amidst more than 150 hectares of rolling coastal sand hills in ‘The Cups’ region of the Mornington Peninsula, The Dunes 18 hole championship course has been designed to exploit the natural beauty of the terrain, while providing a true test of skill and judgment for golfers of every level.

Moonah Links is the newest International Standard golf course on the Mornington Peninsula and is just a short drive away. Moonah Links hosted the Australian Open in 2003.

A full list of golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula is available at the Peninsula Pages online tourism guide website.

Dolphin Cruises

Polperro Dolphin Swims offers the opportunity to observe and swim with wild bottlenose dolphins in Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Phone: (03) 5988 8437.

Moonraker Seal & Dolphin Swims provide dives led by fully qualified dive masters and hires specially designed dive suits and gear or you can just sightsee from their spacious, modern craft. Phone: (03) 5984 4211.

The “Nepean” ferry has been operating in southern Port Philip Bay for over 35 years and is “Dolphin friendly.” Special dolphin watching cruises operate from Sorrento Pier. Further details 0407 092 848.

Horse Riding

Gunnamatta Equestrian Centre offer ocean beach horse rides along St Andrew’s Beach, trail rides through beautiful Greens Bush, exclusive wine tasting rides visiting one or two local wineries and overnight rides.
Sandy Road, Rye. Phone: 1800 801 003.

Ace Hi Ranch at Cape Schanck offer horse rides, wildlife park, animal nursery, tearooms and you can view the International Armoured Military Vehicle Collection and ride in a Centurion battle tank.
Boneo Road, Cape Schanck. Phone: (03) 5988 6262.

Arthur’s Seat Riding Stables provide supervised scenic trail rides.
Purves Road, Arthurs Seat. Phone: (03) 5989 6124.

Diving

The International Dive Centre is open every day from 9 – 5 for tank refills and equipment sales, service and hire.
2121 Point Nepean Road, Rye, Vic. 3941. Phone: (03) 5985 9365


Food & Wine

Wineries

The Mornington Peninsula is one of Australia’s newest and most exciting wine regions. The Mornington Peninsula’s more than 100 vineyards are an integral part of its rich scenic appeal. Many wineries offer cellar door sales together with fine dining. Moonah Ridge is conveniently located to tour the Mornington Peninsula’s wine areas.

For full details of all the Mornington Peninsula’s wineries, including cellar door and restaurant details visit the Mornington Peninsula Vigneron’s Association website.

Food

Flinders Bread is the home of the Mornington Peninsula’s most delicious gourmet bread served at famous sporting venues including the MCG, Flemington, Caulfield and Sandown racecourses, Yarra Yarra Golf Club and the Formula One Grand Prix.

Red Hill Cheese offers a seasonal range of quality cheese made using organic cow and goat milk. They are open for tastings and sales on weekends & public holidays from 12 noon until 5pm.

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm
Pick your own between November and April or visit the produce showroom and sample the strawberry fair at other times of the year.
Cnr. Flinders/Shands Rd, Main Ridge. Phone: (03) 5989 6273.


Culture, Art & Heritage

Cape Schanck Lighthouse & Museum
One of the few light stations still operating today. Established in 1857 it offers visitors a glimpse of the past. Explore the light tower and historic outbuildings.
Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck. Phone: (03) 5988 6184.

The Briars Historic Park
First settled by Europeans in the 1840′s, ‘The Briars’ incorporates an 1850s homestead and surrounding 8 hectares of lawns, gardens and trees.
Nepean Highway, Mt Martha. Phone: (03) 5974 3686.

Heronswood
Cottage gardens featuring annuals and perennials which are at their best between October and April. Bluestone homestead built in 1871. Plant and seed sales. Tearoom/Restaurant.
Latrobe Parade, Dromana. Phone: (03) 5987 1877.

McCrae Homestead
Homestead was built in 1844 for the pioneering McCrae family. Furnished with many original pieces, including family heirlooms and books. National Trust operated.
11 Beverley Road, McCrae. Phone: 5986 568

Craft Markets & Antique Shops

The Mornington Peninsula is well known as being the home of the Red Hill market but virtually every weekend the Mornington Peninsula hosts several community markets.

The Bottom Drawer Antique Centre
A rambling old building containing over 20 dealers. Tearoom available.
Mornington-Tyabb Road, Moorooduc. Phone: 5978 8677.

Tyabb Packing House Antique Centre
Australia’s largest antique centre. 42 dealers under one roof plus a comprehensive craft village at the rear.
Mornington-Flinders Road, Tyabb. Phone: 5977 4414.

Cinemas & Theatres

Latest release movies include the best of Art House films, digital sound and giant screens. The Sorrento Athenaeum has three luxury cinemas, Rosebud Cinema  comprises 6 luxury cinemas and don’t forget Dromana Drive-In  for an unforgettable experience for the children.

The Barn
Located in an original apple cool store, features a wide variety of craft work, gifts and tearoom.
Bittern-Dromana Road, Merricks North. Phone: (03) 5989 7482.

Rye Lime Kiln
A reminder of the early industry that dates back to the 1840s.

Art Galleries on the southern Mornington Peninsula

Antipodes Art Gallery & Bookshop
Books, contemporary glassware, handcrafted furniture, paintings, fine ceramics, limited edition prints, photography and hand-made cards. Open 7 days a week.
Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. Enquiries: 5984 4217.

Aspects Gallery
Paintings, ceramics, pottery, glass, silk, wood, jewellery & cards. Daily 10am-5pm, Nov-April & school holidays: Thurs-Mon 10am-5pm, May-Oct.
2843 Pt Nepean Road, Blairgowrie. Enquiries: 5988 8876.

Gordon Studio Glassblowers
A working hot glass studio & gallery. See molten glass made from sand transformed into art by traditional hand blown methods. Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4pm.
1591 Pt Nepean Road, Rosebud. Enquiries: 5986 7044.

Marion Rosetzky Gallery
Working studio specialising in the production of unique hand painted tiles. Natural bush gully setting. Select range of craftworks by leading Australian artists.
650 White Hill Road, Red Hill. Enquiries: 54989 2557.

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
The gallery has a changing program of nationally significant exhibitions by Australia’s leading artists.
Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington. Enquiries: 5975 4395.

Noel’s Gallery Restaurant & Lavender Garden
Known for fine art, fine food, antiques and beautiful lavender nursery.
Mornington-Flinders Road, Red Hill. Enquiries: 5989 2917.

Peninsula Galleries
Paintings, glass, pottery, furniture, jewellery & cards: the premier fine art gallery on the Mornington Peninsula.
Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento. Enquiries: 5984 4217

Red Hill Gallery 141
An exhibition gallery offering fine art, pottery & sculpture blended with the introduction of quality alpaca products.
141 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South. Enquiries: 5989 2614.

The Art Shed Gallery
Beautifully renovated gallery specialises in unusual and stimulating artworks for home and garden. Open most days 11am-5pm.
138 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill. Enquiries: 5989 2285.

Whitehill Gallery
Paintings, sculpture ceramics, glassworks and wearable art for that special occasion. Open Wednesday – Sunday, public & school holidays 11am-5pm.
White Hill Road, Red Hill. Enquiries: 5989 2483.


Wildlife Wanders and Other Activities

Mornington Peninsula National Park comprises 45km of spectacular Bass Strait scenery and is renowned for its historic features, outstanding scenic rocky headlands and sandy beaches along the Bass Strait cost. It is popular for swimming, surfing, diving, fishing, walking and sightseeing.

The Park at Point Nepean – Portsea
Part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park and provides historic tunnels, ocean views, defence forts, flora & fauna, picnic spots, BBQ’s and bikes for hire. Phone (03) 5984 4276.

Arthurs Seat Scenic Chairlift
Arthurs Seat is the most prominent landmark of the Mornington Peninsula. Rising to a height of 305 metres, the summit of Arthurs Seat, which can be reached by chairlift, car or foot, provides magnificent views of Port Philip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula. Arthurs Seat offers plenty of things to interest every age group.
Arthurs Seat Road, Arthurs Seat. Phone: (03) 5987 2565.

Arthurs Seat Maze
An exciting adventure for all the family, with over 20 imaginative theme gardens, fully licensed restaurant, animal nursery and garden shop/gallery. Home of Australia’s first Maize Maze over 1.5 hectares of maze cut into a cornfield – an annual event held from February to April.
Purves Road, Arthurs Seat. Phone: (03) 5981 8449.

Ashcombe Maze & Water gardens
Get lost in Australia’s oldest and largest hedge maze at Shoreham. The complex is a botanical delight with tearoom and cafe terrace serving refreshments all day.
Red Hill Road, Shoreham. Phone: (03) 5989 8387.

Cape Schanck Boardwalk
Descend from the cliff top lookout via a well constructed staircase to the wild Bass Strait coastline – great winter time activity.
Cape Schanck Road, Cape Schanck.

Coolart
Recognised as being one of the most important bird sanctuaries in the nation with 15 hectares of wetlands and 3 ‘hides.’ Coolart was established during the 1860′s but during the period 1895-1907 reached its peak with the building of the redbrick mansion and planting of the English style gardens.
Lord Somers Road, Somers. Phone: (03) 5983 1333.

Passenger Ferry Service
The trip to Queenscliff can be spectacular as the passenger ferry hugs the coastline and afford incredible views of the shore, stately homes and private jetties and for more than 30 years the resident pod of dolphins has been guiding the ferry “Nepean”. For further details contact the information service on (03) 5984 1602.

Sorrento Aquarium
Seal feeding at noon (except Tuesday), fun things for kids, restaurant, souvenirs, wildlife. Open daily 9am-5pm.
St Aubins Way, Sorrento. Phone: (03) 5984 4478.