Peninsula Short Film Festival 2015

Peninsula Short Film Festival 2015 – February 7

The Peninsula Short Film Festival is a unique event held annually on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

It aims to foster and support the Australian film industry where film-makers of any level can submit a film up to eight minutes.

Head to the Village Green in Rosebud and view the finalists on February 7.

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This years shortlisted finalists include:

  1. Quinnies – Mandie Combe
  2. Chicken – Carl J. Sorheim / The Cameralla
  3. Hit – David Gannon / The Cameralla
  4. Palindromes – Nicholas Colla, and
  5. Noddy – Benjamin Plazzer / Ann Murison

And in 2015 the Peninsula Short Film Festival has added two more categories

1 Best Documentary:

  1. Under The Vest – Christopher Kosmer, Therese Philippa & Natahnee Veitch
  2. Tofu Man – Andrew Robb
  3. Doug the Barber – Amelia Smith

2 Best Animation:

  1. A Wagga Wagga Winter Tale – Sheraden Robins
  2. Glasses – Alyssa Smedley
  3. Plenty of Fish – Simon Chapman

Click here for more details and information.

Rosebud Kite Festival 2015

Rosebud Kite Festival Sunday March 8 2015

The Rosebud Kite Festival is Victoria’s premier kite festival.

This year it will be held over the Labour Day long weekend on Rosebud foreshore (end of Jetty Road, Rosebud)

On Saturday March 7 there will be an opportunity to meet the kite makers while they demonstrate their skills from 10am – 1pm.

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And on Sunday March 8, the Rosebud Kite Festival program ramps up with:

  • live entertainment,
  • kite making workshops,
  • rides,
  • magic workshops,
  • community stalls, and
  • roving performance artists.

This family friendly event is a great opportunity to see the Rosebud foreshore come alive with super sized kites and aerial characters wowing all ages.

For more details and information click here.

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation, why not check out our availability here.


Pinot Week Mornington Peninsula 2015

Love Pinot Noir? Head to Pinot Week on the Mornington Peninsula!

The Mornington Peninsula Vigneron Association has organised Pinot Week from February 2-9, 2015. This one week program highlights Pinot Noir with wine tastings, dinners and talks.

Pinot Noir is a fabulous wine that’s made from red grapes. It’s lighter than other red wines and has aromas and flavours that include:

  • berries,
  • currants, and
  • cherries.

The Mornington Peninsula wineries taking part in Pinot Week include:

There are still tickets left for tastings and dinner, but hurry! Click here for more information.

If you’re coming down from Melbourne, why not consider staying over for a few days?

Click here to see if we’ve got availability for you!

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The Peninsula Picnic

Unleash your inner foodie at the Peninsula Picnic

The Peninsula Picnic will be held on 29th March 2015 at the Mornington Racecourse.

If you love eating great food and drinking fabulous wine while hanging out with your friends and family – the Peninsula Picnic is for you!

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This event will showcase the very best that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer, all in one location.

Local restaurants and chefs include Terre (Rowan Herald), Montalto (Barry Davis), Terminus at Flinders Hotel (Pierre Khodja), Max’s at Red Hill Estate (Max Paganoni), DOC Mornington and Dee’s Kitchen (Ricky Woods).

Wineries include:

  • Montalto,
  • Crittenden Estate,
  • Circe,
  • Prancing Horse, and
  • Merricks General Wine Store.

And while you’re enjoying your picnic you’ll be entertained by music from The Waifs, Paul Dempsey, Timpan Orange, Pierce Brothers and Hayden Calnin.

Organisers advise to purchase tickets before you arrive – click here for tickets and further information.

Want to spend the whole weekend on the Mornington Peninsula?

Check out our availability here.

Between The Bays 2015

Between the Bays 2015 – Saturday February 28

Want to attend a family friendly music festival on the Mornington Peninsula?

Between the Bays is now in its 10th year and offers music lovers a safe, inexpensive summer festival experience.

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The line up for Between the Bays 2015 includes:

  • James Reyne,
  • Mark Seymour,
  • Custard,
  • Sweet Jean, and
  • The Billabong Boyz.

And with all proceeds raised going to Penbank School’s partnership with the Wugularr School in the Northern Territory – you can feel like you’re contributing as while you’re having a great day out.

Between the Bays is held at Penbank School, about a 1 hour drive from Melbourne, and only moments away from the rest of the Mornington Peninsula.

Gates open at 1pm and with a wide variety of kids’ activities, including rides and workshops on offer, it’s a great opportunity for all the family to enjoy together.

Click here for more information, including buying tickets.

If you’re going to Between the Bays why not spend the whole weekend, or longer on the Mornington Peninsula?

Click here for our availability calendar, including booking details.




Peninsula Summer Music Festival 2015

Peninsula Summer Music Festival 2015

One of the summer highlights on the Mornington Peninsula is the Peninsula Summer Music Festival.

From January 1 – January 11, 2015 there will be jazz, cabaret, classic and early chamber music to enjoy a different venues on the Mornington Peninsula.


The objectives of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival have contributed to it’s success over the last 8 years:

  • to enrich the cultural and social life of the region offering affordable and accessible fine music
  • to engage our community with artists of renown in unique Mornington Peninsula places
  • to attract visitors to the region by partnering with the local business and tourism sectors, and
  • to inspire and educate young musicians of the Mornington Peninsula,

The 2015 festival includes 75 artists from around the world like:

  • kamikaze cabaret’ singer Meow Meow,
  • Italian guitarist Massimo Scattolin,
  • mezzo-soprano Liane Keegan, and
  • cellist Catherine Jones.

And with a festival finale featuring The Grigoryan Brothers, it promises to be a sold out event.

Like more information or want to book some tickets? Check out the Peninsula Summer Music Festival website here.

Summer on the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula comes alive over summer.

There’s more to the Mornington Peninsula than great beaches though!

Whether you’re staying for a few days or are visiting for the day, here’s a couple of things to do.


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Go to Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove

As part of the Peninsula Summer Music Festival, Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove is hosting a twilight jazz event on January 4, 2015.

There’s two ticket options for this event:

  1. a lawn ticket for $50, or
  2. a ticket that includes: an Estate nibbles plate, main course, dessert, tea and coffee for $130.

Head to this page to book in.


Head to Three Palms Spiegeltent at Sorrento

Opening on December 16, 2014 and continuing until January 2015, Three Palms at Sorrento will host a dance, cabaret and circus spectacular in a Spiegeltent.

Jason Coleman’s latest show, Spiegelicious promises to ‘tantalise, titillate and amaze’ as you dine on the fabulous food from Three Palms.

Click here to find out more.








Sun Protection Clothing That’s Stylish

Summer is here with long and hot sunny days.

When you go to the beach you remember to slip, slop and slap.

But what type of clothing are you wearing to protect yourself from the harsh ultraviolet rays?

We discovered this fabulous Melbourne based company, Sha-de a few months ago and have fallen in love with their clothes.

Sha-de is owned by Julia Van Der Sommen who saw a gap in the market for sun protection clothing that also looked stylish.

She wanted a great range of clothes for women to wear from the park, to school pick up, to the holiday house and beach.

Sha-de Resort is a fabulous range of resort clothing for women made from Sha-de’s signature fabric, LuxeBamboo.

This super soft fabric provides high UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) and it’s been rated at UPF50+ by Australia’s leading authority in UV fabric testing, ARPANSA. The breathable fabrics are designed to fit and complement your body shape – to give you fabulous comfort and effortless style, wherever you are.

Each garment in the Sha-de Resort collection gives high UPF with no harmful chemicals, for maximum protection (and comfort) under the sun.

Shop for Sha-de here.

Balmoral Dress Indigo Cream Side

Sorrento Maxi Watermelon Indigo Side

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Melbourne Food And Wine Festival

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has been running for over 20 years.

This annual state-wide event celebrates Victoria’s wine and food industry.

From its grassroots beginnings, it’s now regarded as one of Australia’s best food and wine events.

Culinary stars and trailblazers from around the world travel to the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to cook alongside Victoria’s best chefs.

The Mornington Peninsula is playing host to a regional long lunch on Friday March 13, 2015.

Long tables will be positioned on the Sorrento foreshore, next to The Baths Restaurant – taking in the fabulous scenery that the Mornington Peninsula is renowned for!

Over the last few years, the Sorrento long lunch has raised over $60,000 for Rosebud Hospital and local schools.

In 2015 three courses will be served from Loquat restaurant, Stringers, The Baths Restaurant and Sorrento catering company – all accompanied by local wines of course!

Tickets can be purchased here.

And if you’re looking for some accommodation why not check out our availability here – we’re only a short distance from Sorrento!


Peninsula Hot Springs Bathing Package

Relax, unwind and treat yourself to a well deserved bathe at the Peninsula Hot Springs.

Located only 10 minutes from Rye Beach Abode, Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria.

Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this award-winning coastal oasis, providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Experience over 20 globally-inspired bathing experiences in the Bath House including a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish steam bath (Hamam), sauna, cold plunge pools, family bathing area, massaging thermal mineral showers and hilltop pool – offering stunning 360 degree views of the region.

Our fabulous partnership with Peninsula Hot Springs means we can offer all our guests discounted Adult bathing passes for only $28.

This discounted pass gives you priority access – no bookings required!

And for the third season, Peninsula Hot Springs is offering a complimentary yoga class to guests with a bathing pass.

Click here for more details.

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