Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth At Mornington Peninsula Chocolates

You’re on your Mornington Peninsula beach break and you start craving chocolate.

What should you do?

Back home, you’d head for the local supermarket and grab your normal sweet tooth fix.

But on the Mornington Peninsula, you’re just a short drive away from a fabulous chocolate shop!

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at 45 Cook Street Flinders has earned it’s reputation for being a “go-to destination” for chocolate lovers of all ages.

Run by Isilda Caldwell and Milton Laycock, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates offers a fabulous range of handmade chocolates.

The sit-down cafe offers you an opportunity to sip a hot chocolate while you decide what chocolates to take home with you!

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates is open Monday, Thursday and Friday from 12noon – 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm. It’s closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

And once you’re home, you can satisfy your sweet tooth by ordering Mornington Peninsula Chocolates online.








Visit the Archibald Prize Exhibition

The Archibald Prize Exhibition will only be shown at one venue in Victoria.

From October 6 until November 16, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery will be hosting this iconic exhibition.

JF Archibald established this prize in 1921 to:

  • encourage portraiture
  • support artists and,
  • to preserve the memory of iconic Australians.

Since then, some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered, with previous winners including Del Kathryn Barton, Tim Storrier and Ben Quilty

The Archibald Prize Exhibition subjects feature people who are recognised and celebrated in their fields. They’ve included:

  • Asher Keddie
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Barry Humphries, and
  • Tara Moss

With the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery hosting this event, it’s a perfect opportunity to visit the gallery and spend a few days on the Mornington Peninsula.

Bookings and further details can be found here.

And with ticket sales already open, it’s sure to be another sell out event.

Eat and Drink at Mornington Peninsula Cellar and Pantry

You’re heading down to the Mornington Peninsula.

But before you get to Rye, why not stop off and get some locally sourced provisions?

Mornington Peninsula Cellar and Pantry in Red Hill South is one of our top picks!

Not only does it serve fabulous coffee and amazing food, but they stock:

  • the largest range of Mornington Peninsula beer, cider and wine in one place,
  • a wide selection of local provisions that includes Red Hill Cheese and Main Ridge Dairy.

So why else do we love Mornington Peninsula Cellar and Pantry?

They’re friendly and it’s where the locals hang out!

And make sure you take some time to check out the yarn-bombing in the car-park

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a specialty food & wine store located in Red Hill South. Victoria.


How To Get To The Mornington Peninsula By Car

You’re ready to drive to the Mornington Peninsula and know that it’s only 75 minutes from Melbourne.

And maybe you’ve booked your accommodation at Rye Beach Abode!

But what’s the best way to get here?

Here’s our top options to travel by car to the Mornington Peninsula

Option 1: This is a toll-free trip

Get onto the Nepean Highway at Elsternwick and follow it all the way along the Port Phillip Bay coastline to Point Nepean Rd.

The total distance is around 80km.

This drive is perfect if you’ve got a lot of time up your sleeve and don’t mind travelling through a lot of traffic lights and school zones.

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Option 2: If you’re driving from the CBD you will need to pay some tolls along the Monash Freeway (M1)

This option involves using the Monash Freeway to the Frankston Flinders Road.

Haven’t got a City Link pass? You can purchase a pass here.


Then you can head for Rye following the Mornington Penisula Freeway.

Driving this route means there’s less traffic lights and with most of the freeway now 100km, you will make fantastic time!



Option 3: Use the Monash Freeway (M1) and City Link to connect to Eastlink (M3) – tolls apply

If you’re driving to the Mornington Peninsula from the eastern suburbs or have travelled through the CBD this option will suit you.

Tolls do apply but you can purchase day passes, without the need to sign up for an account.

Click through here to purchase.

If you’re a visitor to Melbourne, you can buy a “Melbourne Pass” that lasts for 30-days here.


Option 4: By car ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento

The Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry service takes 40-minutes.

This option is fabulous if you’d like to watch the big ships and yachts cruise by.

And you can also look out for whale sightings and watch for dolphins surfing in the bay.

It’s a great option if you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula and are coming from Geelong or the Bellarine Peninsula.

Click here to find the ferry timetable and fares.

Then from Sorrento to Rye, it’s only a 1km car ride!


But what if you’d like to book into Rye Beach Abode and aren’t sure how to get here?

Not a problem!

We can help you either via email or phone so your trip to the Mornington Peninsula by car is enjoyable and hassle-free.


Arthurs Seat Challenge 2014

Even though we’re in the depths of winter on the Mornington Peninsula, the bursts of sunshine are letting us know that summer is coming!

With the warmer weather just around the corner, you may be thinking about getting fitter and healthier.

And what better way to get off the couch and into the outdoors than to set yourself a fitness challenge.

If you love entering fun runs (that have an option of walking) while helping raise money, the Arthurs Seat Challenge is a perfect event to train for!

This event has been held annually since 2002 and was established to promote the “Fit to Drive Program” –  a road safety program that’s successfully educated young people about safer road use.

And if you start training now, you’ve got until Sunday November 9  to work towards improving your fitness, strength and endurance.

Rye Beach Abode

 As you plan towards this event, it’s a perfect time to book 3 nights at Rye Beach Abode.

Picture this:

You’ve pre-ordered your groceries from Woolworths or Coles so we can unpack them and have Rye Beach Abode set up for arrival.

You set off from work on the Friday afternoon, driving only 75-minutes from Melbourne on the Monash Freeway or Eastlink, then onto Peninsula Link.

As you drive up to Rye Beach Abode you smile and give yourself a pat on the back – what a fabulous idea this was!

After you unpack your bags, you walk to Rye front beach. Your muscles feel strong and ready for the Arthurs Seat Challenge.

Any residual work stress melts away as you watch the perfectly formed waves and feel the last of the sunshine on your skin.

You walk back to Rye Beach Abode and get ready to go out for dinner.

Saturday is your day to explore the Mornington Peninsula as you mentally prepare for ‘race day’

Sunday you complete the Arthurs Seat Challenge, enjoy the post-race massage then celebrate back at Rye Beach Abode.

Monday morning arrives and you drive back to Melbourne.

Click here for Rye Beach Abode’s availability and rates.



Rye Beach Abode Relax & Play

Rye Beach Abode is a perfect place to base yourself as you relax and play on the Mornington Peninsula.

From golfing to day spas, stand up paddle boarding to lazing on the beach.

Rye Beach Abode is a fabulous base as you spend your days relaxing and playing on the Mornington Peninsula.

Rye Beach Abode Explore & Visit

Rye Beach Abode is a perfect place to base yourself as you explore and visit the Mornington Peninsula.

From the ocean beaches with National Parks and bush walks, to the bayside beaches and dolphin tours.

The Mornington Peninsula’s wildlife, horse back riding and guided tours give you so many options to choose from!



Rye Beach Abode Eat & Drink

Rye Beach Abode is a perfect place to base yourself to discover the Mornington Peninsula.

From the wineries, breweries and distilleries to the cheese makers and gourmet food producers.

The coastal region is developing a fabulous reputation for being a gourmand’s paradise.