Destination guide

Where small-town charm meets rugged, natural beauty

Situated about an hour's drive to the southeast of Melbourne and nestled between Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay, Mornington Peninsula is an idyllic mix of small-town charm and rugged, natural beauty. Thanks to its easy, breezy access to Australia's second largest city, some of the areas and neighbourhoods dotting its western shorelines are regarded as outlying suburbs of greater Melbourne. This makes for the perfect escape from the city's comparatively hectic landscape, and Mornington Peninsula vacation rentals offer the ultimate feeling of the laid-back, local life that Oz is known for.

Things to do

Adventures in wining, dining and even ziplining

Aside from Mornington Peninsula's natural beauty, there are also quite a few museums and attractions in the area worth visiting. Take the kids through the hedge maze at Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens, or, for the more adventurous types, go ziplining at the Enchanted Adventure Garden. Other highlights include the Arthurs Seat Eagle gondola, the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery and Charlie's Auto Museum and Cafe. Much of the peninsula is now occupied by vineyards and orchards, making it the perfect escape for foodies on the hunt for a great wining and dining experience.


A coastal escape from the urban hustle and bustle

While Mornington Peninsula is popularly known as a day trip from Melbourne, there's plenty to do here that can and will occupy more than just a few hours. Laze on any of the sandy beaches, or hike along the trails that line the rugged southern coast and the Mornington Peninsula National Park, perfect for birdwatching or stargazing, depending on the conditions. Take a driving tour of the peninsula's historic seaside villages, stopping to shop and cafe-hop along the way. The local wine scene is constantly growing and evolving, or plan for a spa day for the ultimate relaxing escape.


Never underestimate the power of the shoulder season

Victoria and the rest of southern Australia is a worthwhile stop all year long, with summer offering the best weather and the biggest crowds. You'll find the beach days to be most ideal from January through March, but prices will also be higher. Consider the shoulder seasons if other outdoor activities are on your list, because the cooler temperatures, smaller crowds and lower prices might make for a more enjoyable experience. Winters in the region are relatively mild, but keep rain gear in mind as you check out Mornington Peninsula vacation rentals.

Natural highlights

From family-friendly beaches to untouched coastlines

Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south, with the Mornington Peninsula National Park not far from the coast. On the west, you'll find calm, family-friendly beaches along the bayside towns of Mornington and Sorrento. Along the Bass Strait, however, a more rugged coastline awaits, with trails along the Bass Strait and into the Mornington Peninsula National Park. It's just a short ferry ride to other nearby towns and islands, including Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Mornington Peninsula?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,112 holiday rentals around Mornington Peninsula. From 3,451 holiday houses to 101 cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Mornington Peninsula?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Mornington Peninsula. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Rye: 1,870 holiday rentals
  • Cowes: 1,308 holiday rentals
  • Ocean Grove: 862 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne City: 2,306 holiday rentals
  • Sorrento: 1,820 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Mornington Peninsula! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Mornington Peninsula?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Mornington Peninsula with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Rye: 1,870 holiday homes
  • Cowes: 1,308 holiday homes
  • Ocean Grove: 862 holiday homes
  • Melbourne City: 2,306 holiday homes
  • Sorrento: 1,820 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Mornington Peninsula?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Mornington Peninsula. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Dandenong Ranges National Park: 767 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Cricket Ground: 2,453 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne City Marina: 2,436 holiday rentals
  • Martha Cove: 3,470 holiday rentals
  • Melbourne Central: 2,445 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mornington Peninsula listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.