Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Heading to the Mornington Peninsula and looking for great places to eat and drink?

Here are our top picks in the beautiful Mornington Peninsula hinterland.

Foxeys Hangout, Red Hill

Don’t let your first impression of Foxeys Hangout from the carpark put you off.

Yes, it looks like a big shed from the outside – inside, it’s a different story.

You’ll be greeted with a friendly welcome and the amazing smells of the chef’s menu.

Foxeys Hangout offers shared tasting plates that are matched with wines by the glass or bottle.

If it’s a sunny day, we suggest you sit outside on the deck overlooking the grapevines.

All dietary tastes are catered for here. From gluten intolerance to vegetarians, the staff are happy to find the right dish for you.

With a no-bookings policy, Foxeys Hangout is perfect for groups of 2-4 people. Groups larger than this may need to wait for available tables.

And before you head back home, make sure you try some of their award winning sparkling and still wines.

Find out more about Foxeys Hangout here


Montalto Winery & Olive Grove, Red Hill South

Montalto is our go-to place for a quick bite to eat or a special occasion and offers award winning restaurant dining or piazza cafe style dining.

Using the fresh produce from the kitchen garden, every dish is delicious.

Grab a glass of wine and wander through the sculpture walk.

The piazza cafe is open 7 days a week, while the restaurant hours vary depending on the seasons.

Find out more about Montalto here.

 Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Picture: Montalto Winery & Olive Grove


Barn and Co, Balnarring

Barn and Co offers inside and outside dining options. We suggest you book a table if you’re making a day trip as during the peak season, they get really busy.

Fresh food, local wines and beers , live music and friendly service – a perfect combination.

Find out more about Barn and Co here.

Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery, Flinders

Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery is run by the amazing team from the Flinders Hotel.

Providing fresh and healthy all day breakfasts, great coffee and a drinks list to suit all tastes, this cafe is the go-to place in Flinders.

The produce from the best regional orchards, farmers, dairies, and vineyards results in simple, delicious food that looks great and tastes fabulous!

With bike parking, dog bowls for your four-legged friend outside, and regular cookery classes, Georgie Bass and Cookery is set to become a Flinders institution.


Picture: Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery

Find out more about Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery here.

Green Olive at Red Hill, Red Hill

Green Olive at Red Hill offers an all day tapas menu with matched wines and local beers. They take bookings and we suggest you make one as this venue is often the go-to place for family celebrations, hens weekends and birthday parties.

The trampoline and play area makes this a great venue for kids and you’ll even get to meet the friendly kelpies.

After you’ve enjoyed the great food and had a coffee made with the coffee beans roasted on site, browse their gift area. From olives to body products, to pickles and gift vouchers.

Everything at Green Olive at Red Hill will nurture your heart and feed your soul.

Mornington Peninsula best places to eat and drink

Picture: Green Olive at Red Hill

Find out more about Green Olive at Red Hill here.

We hope you enjoy your next visit to the Mornington Peninsula.

If you’re looking for more ideas check out Visit Mornington Peninsula and Wine Food Farmgate



Red Hill Epicurean

Red Hill Epicurean is a fabulous restaurant, cafe and wine tasting venue on the Mornington Peninsula.

Situated within the stunning surrounds of the Red Hill bushland, Red Hill Epicurean showcases the finest local produce and wine – it’s the ultimate foodies destination!

The Red Hill Epicurean shed was designed by Hecker Guthrie and furnished by Mark Tuckey. As you walk in, you’ll notice the Carrara marble, recycled wharf beams and local rock which give an eclectic feeling of rustic, classic and industrial chic.

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Red Hill Epicurean is perfect for an impromptu wood fired pizza or a special occasion. Make sure you check out their opening hours here.

If you’re planning a trip to the Mornington Peninsula and you want to eat here, we suggest you book a table – the queues for lunch and dinner can be lengthy. But even if you have to wait for a table, don’t stress!

There’s a fabulous store at the back of the cafe packed with local produce, designer homewares, soaps and candles.

The venue is also a popular choice for special events including weddings, engagement parties, birthdays and corporate functions. The separate function areas seat from 20-80 guests. Find out more about Red Hill Epicurean events here.


The staff at Red Hill Epicurean are friendly, warm and knowledgable. And if you’re not hungry, why not take the opportunity to taste local wines at the bar!

Looking for accommodation nearby? Check out our availability here.

Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions will be held on Saturday July 11, 2015 at the Peninsula Community Theatre.

The winter showcase features four of Australia’s finest Blues musicians including:

  • Jimi Hocking,
  • Ian Collard,
  • Alison Penny, and
  • Shannon Bourne.

There’s sure to be a special kind of magic produced as each artist plays electrically and acoustically in an intimate environment at the Peninsula Community Theatre, 90 Wilsons Road, Mornington.

Mornington Peninsula BluesThe evening will also showcase Mornington Peninsula’s finest wines, beers and produce.

Jimi Hocking, a Mount Martha local is looking forward to the second blues session because the crowd is there to appreciate the blues music,

“With free pub gigs, the music is secondary so people perhaps don’t value it as much. But with this event, music lovers can go along and enjoy, knowing that they are not going to be interrupted.”

Head here for event details and tickets.




Mornington Peninsula Markets

Visiting the Mornington Peninsula and love markets?

The Mornington Peninsula offers a wide range of markets; from fresh produce, ciders and wines to bric and brac and crafts.

Staying on the Mornington Peninsula for a holiday? Head to one of the farmers markets and discover new producers and organic food.

Here are our top picks…


Mornington Farmers Market

This market is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 8.30am at Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington.

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Red Hill Community Market

This market is held between September and May at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Gates open at 8am and close at 1pm; parking available for a donation to local charities. Head here for more details.

Red Hill Farmers Market

Held on the 4th Sunday of the month at the Red Hill Consolidated School, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill.


Rosebud Market

The Rosebud Market is held on the 2nd and 5th Saturday of the month at the corner of Pt Nepean and Jetty Roads, Rosebud. Opens at 8am and finishes at 12.30pm.


Rye Foreshore Market

The Rye Rotary market is held on the Rye foreshore on the 1st Saturday of the month from 7am – 12pm.

Looking for a place to stay as you explore the Mornington Peninsula markets?

Our holiday rental has a fully equipped kitchen, including dishwasher and microwave. Head here to see if we’ve got availability.

Peninsula Hot Springs Mornington Peninsula

The award winning Peninsula Hot Springs will celebrate its 10th birthday this month.

Peninsula Hot Springs is located on the Mornington Peninsula, only a 90 minute drive from Melbourne.

Brothers Charles and Richard Davidson developed their vision for Peninsula Hot Springs in 1997 when they bought the 42 acre site.

Several more years of hard work followed including:

  • designing the Peninsula Hot Springs,
  • securing the water licence,
  • obtaining planning permits, and
  • drilling a bore over 600 metres underground to an aquifer with 54 degree celsius natural hot mineral waters.

After the Davidson brothers found an investor, Norm Cleland and his family, they started to construct the Stage One Spa Dreaming Centre facility – this opened in June 2005.

Peninsula Hot Springs is surrounded by a coastal oasis with 360 degree views. It offers over 20 experiences including:

  • a cave pool,
  • Turkish steam baths,
  • saunas,
  • cold plunge pools, and
  • a family bathing area.

If you’re going to visit Peninsula Hot Springs at peak times (Friday to Monday and holiday periods) we suggest you pre-book your bathing experience. Head here to get details and book in.

Peninsula Hot Springs Mornington Peninsula

A visit to Peninsula Hot Springs will make you realise why they recently won the Best Mineral Spring spa in Australia and Oceana in the World Luxury Spa Awards.

Peninsula Hot Springs also offers fabulous day spa experiences. All massages use organic products and are inspired by Australian Aboriginal techniques.

Treatments at the Peninsula Hot Springs include:

  • salt scrubs,
  • relaxation massages,
  • ancient healing stone massages,
  • body wraps, and
  • facials.

If you’re planning to visit the Mornington Peninsula, you will need to book your Peninsula Hot Springs Spa treatment in advance. Head here to look at the Spa Dreaming Menu.

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Queen’s Birthday Weekend Mornington Peninsula

3 things to do on Mornington Peninsula over the Queen’s birthday weekend

Want to visit the Mornington Peninsula  over the Queen’s birthday weekend?

Here are our top 3 things to do!

1 Mornington Winter Jazz Festival – Queen’s Birthday weekend

The Mornington Winter Jazz Festival will be held from June 5 – June 8, 2015.

Mornington will come alive with a 2015 line-up that includes:

  • Emma Pask,
  • Jude Perl,
  • George WashingMachine,
  • Jazz Party,
  • George Golla and Jacki Cooper,
  • Adrian ‘The Professor’ Cunningham, and
  • Vika Bull performing At Last! The Etta James Story.

The four day celebration has ticketed performances, dinner shows and free jazz performances with the organisers promising there will be something for everyone!

Head here to get more information and to book your tickets.

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2 Winter Wine Weekend – Queen’s Birthday Weekend Mornington Peninsula

The launch of the annual Winter Wine Weekend will be held at the Red Hill Reserve and Showgrounds on Saturday June 6 between 11 am and 4pm.

This is a fabulous opportunity to taste more than 200 premium wines from over 50 Mornington Peninsula wineries in one place!

Entry to the Mornington Peninsula Winter Wine Fest is $70 at the door ($65 pre booked) and includes:

  • a Riedel wine glass
  • all wine tastings
  • 2 entrée size dishes, plus
  • a Tasting Book which includes all wines on exhibition.

Head here to buy tickets online.

3 Portsea Hotel Snow Party – Queen’s Birthday Weekend Mornington Peninsula

The Annual Portsea Hotel Snow Party will be held on Sunday June 7, 2015.

This family friendly event promises to be fun filled with:

  • the Portsea Hotel beer garden filled with snow,
  • an opportunity to buy from a pop up shop featuring all the leading snow brands, and
  • heaps of give aways, including snow boards.

Head here for more information.

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Flinders Art Show 2015

Flinders Art Show 2015

The 48th Flinders Art Show will be held from June 5 – June 8, over the Queen’s birthday long weekend.

From its humble beginnings in 1967, the Flinders Art Show has grown with the hard work from the community and local traders.

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All profits from the Flinders Art Show are distributed to community groups and local charities on the Mornington Peninsula. Over the last 6 years, $160,000 has been distributed.

Opening night on Friday June 5 offers you a chance to be among the first to meet the artists, view and even buy the amazing artworks. Tickets are only $30 and include wine, beer, canapes and a door prize.

The Flinders Art Show entrance fee over the long weekend is only $5.

  • Opening hours are:
    Saturday 6 June & Sunday 7 June 10am – 4pm
    Monday 8 June 10am – 2pm

Head here for more information.

Taste Of Sorrento 2015

Taste of Sorrento 28 May – 8 June, 2015

In a few weeks time, historical seaside Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula will host the Taste of Sorrento. 

This fabulous food, beer and wine event promises to be the best yet!

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The Taste of Sorrento 2015 program takes place in the heart of Sorrento Village and will include:

  • master classes,
  • tutored tastings,
  • cooking demonstrations,
  • degustations,
  • gourmet menus, and
  • a foodie’s market.

Chefs lined up for the Taste of Sorrento 2015 program include Ian Curley from the European Group, Adam D’Sylva from Coda and television presenter and chef author Paul Mercurio.

On Sunday May 31st, Sorrento Village will host a foodie’s market and on Sunday 31st May there will be a ‘taste day’ from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Head here for more information and details.





Mornington Winter Jazz Festival 2015

Mornington Winter Jazz Festival 2015

This year the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival will be held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, from June 5th-8th.

Mornington will come alive with a 2015 line-up that includes:

  • Emma Pask,
  • Jude Perl,
  • George WashingMachine,
  • Jazz Party,
  • George Golla and Jacki Cooper,
  • Adrian ‘The Professor’ Cunningham, and
  • Vika Bull performing At Last! The Etta James Story.

The four day celebration has ticketed performances, dinner shows and free jazz performances with the organisers promising there will be something for everyone!

Tickets can be bought online and are available from May 1. Click here to get your tickets.

For more information, check out Mornington Winter Jazz Festival website here.

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Horseback Winery Tours Mornington Peninsula

Horseback Winery Tours is located in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula at Main Ridge.

The specialist horse tourism facility caters for novice horse riders to more experienced riders.

No horse riding experience is needed on the 3-hour rides as they’re kept at a walking pace on gentle and well-schooled horses. The full day rides suit more experienced riders who can trot and canter.

Horseback Winery Tours on the Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by an excellent network of equestrian trails. They also use quiet roads and have access to local farmlands.

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The Discovery Ride is 3 hours and visits two wineries that can include:

  • Mantons Creek,
  • Ten Minutes by Tractor,
  • Montalto,
  • Green Olive,
  • T’Gallant,
  • Red Hill Estate, or
  • Tucks Ridge

Horseback Winery Discover Rides depart daily at 10am and 2pm. Head here to book in.

The Adventure Rides are 6 hours and includes lunch at Green Olive and wine tasting at two wineries. Get more information here.