The Mornington Peninsula is roughly an hour and half from Melbourne city – this of course depends where you live in Melbourne. There is so much to offer the adventurous, but also the foodie (hello!) and wine connoisseur.
Below I thought I would share our experiences of the beaches we have visited. There is more than the four I have written about, and I’m sure we will explore them at a later date – if you are keen to join let me know!
London Bridge, Portsea
We caught up with some travel friends here, on one of their last days in Melbourne. It was an utterly stunning Melbourne day (which we don’t get often). London Bridge is on the back beach of Portsea. Make sure you check out the Portsea Pier and the Portsea Hotel on your way past. Once at the carpark, there is a short walk to a viewing platform or head down to the beach and climb the rock formation.
I don’t really recall too much about this beach. I just lay in the golden sand and relaxed in the sun while the others explored the area. The best thing about these back beaches is there is a tonne to discover. This back beach had rock pools that you could swim in. Our British friend took the plunge (figuratively) and loved it. Way too cold for me!
St Pauls Beach, Sorrento
This is a very cool beach. You can actually walk here if you continue along east from Sorrento’s back beach. There are more rock pools and caves to explore and an arch to walk through, but the best bit is that the sand is made up off tiny rocks and shells. In some places it is incredibly colourful because of the weathered glass that is mixed in. Also, this is not really a swimming beach; it’s quite rocky – nothing wrong with that, just a heads up.
No. 16 Beach, Rye
I have to admit; when we visited this beach I was in a lazy mood. It’s another beach that has heaps of rock pools but has a special feature called the Dragons Head. It’s called this because it ahhh… looks like a dragons head from a certain angle. Check out Phils Photos to see what it looks like. It is also the beach where during certain months you get bitten by big ass flies. They can bite you through some pieces of clothing (like my leggings)
So that’s it, those are the four beaches we have visited. If you know any ace spots down in the peninsula, let me know in the comments!
Stayed: Day trip – no accom needed
Ate and coffeed: Portsea Pier General Store and Cafe
Until next adventure,