Fabulous Food At The Peninsula Pantry

Looking for a fabulous cafe with great coffee and fresh, healthy food?

We love the Peninsula Pantry located in Wondaree Street –  a residential area in Rye.

This converted general store has been open since 2007 and is tucked away off the tourist path – but it’s well worth a visit!

Choose from the muffins filled with custard, vanilla slices and pastries with your Gravity coffee.

Then give yourself a night off cooking and grab some of their take away salads, lasagnas and pies.

With everything made on the premises (except for the bread) the Peninsula Pantry offers a huge range of gluten free and vegetarian options.

The Peninsula Pantry’s breakfast and lunch menu has locals and visitors packing the small cafe.

There’s a couple of tables out the front with fresh bowls of water for dogs.

The friendly service and welcoming staff make the Peninsula Pantry a must-visit cafe when you’re on the Mornington Peninsula.





Hop On Board The Peninsula Explorer

Hop on board the Penisula Explorer and explore the Mornington Peninsula

This new hop-on, hop off double decker bus service has been created to give visitors an easy way to explore and visit popular attractions.

The open top Peninsula Explorer buses run 365 days a year, from 8am – 6pm.


The Peninsula Explorer has 18 stops including:

  • Peninsula Hot Springs
  • Blairgowrie Village
  • Rye shops
  • Nepean Country Club
  • Cups Estate
  • Portsea Village, and
  • Sorrento Village.

One of the aims of the Peninsula Explorer is to “bring the stories of the region to life”. While visitors sit back and take in the sights, they’ll learn about the unique history of each area.

Tickets can be purchased online and include 24 hour and 3-day passes.

Click here to find out more.

Not on the Mornington Peninsula but like to jump on board the Peninsula Explorer?

If you’re in Melbourne, connections to are available through Bunyip Tours.

Coming from the Bellarine Peninsula? Connect to the Peninsula Explorer easily by getting on board the Queenscliff to Sorrento Searoad Ferries. Click here to find out more.

Dog Friendly Beaches

Walking with your four-legged best friend on the beach is fabulous!

Whether you’re visiting the Mornington Peninsula for a day visit or are staying at dog friendly accommodation, you will need to know where you can and can’t walk your dog.

With the summer holidays approaching, there are more restrictions to be aware of.

The Mornington Peninsula Shire has produced a guide to help you work out where you can have the most fun with your dog.

Download the dog friendly beaches guide here.

Here’s our top tips for where we love walking our dog:

  • On leash dog walking permitted from 1st December until the end of February on the Rye and Blairgowrie front beach between 7pm and 10 am.
  • Off leash dog walking permitted all year around from Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron towards Sorrento.
  • If in doubt, check the signage – shire rangers do patrol and often in ‘plain clothes’.
  • Always take a plastic bag to clean up after your dog – failure to clean up results in an on the spot fine of over $100.

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And remember, Rye Beach Abode is a pet friendly beach holiday home.

Why not stay here for a few days as you explore the Mornington Peninsula!

Check out our availability calendar here.






Red Hill Community Market

The next Red Hill community market is on November 1 – Cup Day weekend.

Renowned as the ‘grand dame’ of Victoria’s craft markets, the Red Hill market has been going since 1975.

It was originally an event where local producers could sell their produce and has evolved into over 300 stall holders.

From fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes, glass wares and art work – there’s something for all family members to taste, look at and buy.

With an 8am start, many Red Hill market visitors like to start at the stalls that sell tasty breakfast treats: from coffee and pancakes, to egg and bacon rolls.

The Red Hill community market is located at the Red Hill Recreation Reserve – corner of Arthurs Seat Rd and Arkwells Lane, Red Hill


Red Hill Community Market


Other things to note:

Dogs – aren’t permitted in the market area, unless you’re training a Seeing Eye Dogs Australia puppy with a training jacket on!

Parking – it’s only a $4 fee to park and with all proceeds going to the Red Hill Lions Club it’s better than getting booked by the Mornington Peninsula Shire parking officers!

For other Red Hill Community market information click here.


Golf On The Mornington Peninsula

If you love golf, the Mornington Peninsula is a fabulous destination.

Drive down and stay for a few days as you explore the 19 golf courses.

Golfers are spoilt for choice with the coastal hinterland and sand dunes providing the perfect conditions for their sport.

With a variety of links, resort and traditional courses the Mornington Peninsula golf courses are gaining national and global recognition.

You can download a handy golf map here.

Surrounded by:

  • world class wineries,
  • fine dining,
  • spa and wellness centres,
  • national parks,
  • bay and coast beaches, and
  • boating

it’s no wonder the Mornington Peninsula is a dream destination for golfers.

Mornington Peninsula Golf

And from October 6-9, the fifth annual Golf Classic kicks off.

With only 50 spots left, the Mornington Peninsula Golf Classic takes place at four courses including:

  • The National Golf Club
  • The Dunes Golf Links
  • Portsea Golf Club, and
  • The Flinders Golf Club.

Get more details and book in here.





Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Trail

The Mornington Peninsula Hinterland Scarecrow Festival is nearly here.

This year the festival will be held between September 20 and October 19.

And with 27 fabulous scarecrows scattered around the hinterland, this free festival is fabulous for families.

Each participant has been encouraged by the organisers of the Hinterland Scarecrow Festival to use recycled materials as the make their scarecrow.

This year a cash prize will be awarded to the scarecrow entrant that demonstrates the message, “Recover, Reuse, Recycle”.

And an artistic award will be given to the scarecrow who best depicts the theme “Mother Nature”.

Scarecrows will be in a range of diverse places including:

  • cellar doors,
  • farms,
  • gardens,
  • cafes, and
  • food stores.

The Hinterland Scarecrow Festival Trail has a map that can be downloaded here.

Rye Beach Abode Scarecrow festival

Sorrento Village Lifestyle Shopping

With Sorrento Village being only a short distance from Rye, it’s a ‘must-visit’ destination when you’re on the Mornington Peninsula.

Sorrento Village has a cosmopolitan feel and with over 60 shops that include cafes, restaurants, fashion boutiques, galleries, beauty centres and home wares shops, there is something for everyone to like.

One of our favourite lifestyle shops to head to is Saltwater Trading at 153 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento.

As soon as you walk through the door, you’re welcomed with a warm smile and an abundance of colourful displays.

This is the type of shop you want to spend some time in as there’s so much to look at!

Established in 2007 , Saltwater is one of Sorrento Village’s institutions and has products including:

  • kaftans and resort wear
  • hand made jewellery
  • scented candles
  • sofas and cushions
  • hand woven baskets, and
  • items made from recycled and reclaimed products.

The beach vibe fills this store but owner Pam McLaren also loves sourcing her unique products from Israel, Italy and Africa.

And once you’ve returned home from the Mornington Peninsula you can check out their products at their online store.

Sorrento Village shopping

Image from Saltwater Online website



Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Ever seen someone stand up paddle boarding and wanted to try it for yourself?

When you visit the Mornington Peninsula you can!

Peninsula Stand Up Paddle School offers stand up paddle lessons at various locations on the Mornington Peninsula.

Stand up paddle boarding involves standing on a surfboard and paddling yourself around. 

Because the surfboards are longer, wider and more buoyant than ‘normal’ surfboards,  you can comfortably balance on them as you propel yourself with the paddle.

Stand up paddle is becoming more popular each year as it’s a great way to keep fit and improve core stability while being outside!

Peninsula Stand Up Paddle School has expert instructors who can tailor a Stand Up Paddle lesson to suit all ages and levels of fitness.

If you’re an experienced Stand Up Paddle Boarder, they can help you improve your technique!

And Peninsula Stand Up Paddle provides boards, paddles, leg ropes and wetsuits.

This fabulous business also runs group classes – perfect if you’re on a girls weekend away or a golfing weekend with your mates.

If you’re looking for accommodation nearby, check out the availability of our holiday rental here.

Stand Up Paddle Mornington Peininsula

Free Garden Master Classes

Curious about how to create a drought tolerant garden or how to care for native plants?

Then these FREE masterclasses at AustPlant Native Plant Nursery and Gardens will interest you!

AustPlant at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula (249 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat) is a 3rd generation run nursery that specialises in native plants.

Since 1974 AustPlant has been advising and helping gardeners establish their native gardens.

And during the school holidays they’re running these fabulous FREE masterclasses!

From 21st September until 3rd October the 45 minute sessions starting at 11am include:


Spring Sensations
Friday 26th and Sunday 28th September

As you take a stroll through the display gardens, you will learn about problem areas for plants and how to create a garden that looks fabulous while being able to survive even the harshest of weather conditions.


Drought Tolerant Gardens: How to Get it Right

Wednesday 24th September and Friday 3rd October

Get expert advice on garden design and what plants to select as you establish a low maintenance, bird attracting native garden that suit the conditions you live in.


Caring for Natives
Sunday 21st September and Wednesday 1st October

This hands-on masterclass will give you fantastic advice on how to keep your native garden healthy and flourishing all year.

You will learn how:

  • how and when to prune,
  • what to feed, where to plant,
  • how to mulch, and
  • how to care for your native garden.

If you’d like to attend any (or all!) of these masterclasses, bookings are required.

Contact Glen Yearsley by phone on (03) 5989 6120 or email him admin@austplant.com.au


Aust Plant



Spend Father’s Day At Red Hill Brewery

Celebrate Father’s Day at Red Hill Brewery over the entire weekend of Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September.

Red Hill Brewery has developed a fantastic reputation for their classic European styles of beer including:

  • Golden Ale
  • Pilsner
  • Wheat Beer, and
  • Scotch Ale.

And over the Father’s Day weekend, they’re offering a gourmet Argentinian BBQ with a FREE pot of beer.

Bookings are required, click here to find out more.

You can drop in for a pot or pint, without booking but tables aren’t guaranteed.

So why not give your Father a fabulous gift for his special day and head on down to Red Hill Brewery on the Mornington Peninsula.

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