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.

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.

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.

Art Red Hill 2015

Art Red Hill May 1-3, 2015

This year marks the 35th year of Art Red Hill at Red Hill Consolidated School.

Art Red Hill was established by parents from the school as a fundraising exercise. Since then, Art Red Hill has established a reputation on the Mornington Peninsula as the premier art show.

Visitors to Art Red Hill can expect to see artworks including:

  • sculpture,
  • glasswork,
  • ceramics
  • wearable art,
  • painting, and
  • photography.

The Art Red Hill opening night on Friday May 1 offers the opportunity for all attending to be the first to buy the fabulous artwork. With live music, local beer and wine and food, it promises to be a great night out!

Adult tickets can be pre-purchased for only $25 or can be bought on the night for $30. Get your tickets here.

A highlight of Art Red Hill is Opening Night, one of the region’s most anticipated events, offering the chance for those attending to be among the first to buy. It also features live music, canapés and local beer and wine at bar prices. What’s not to love about that!

Be first to view and purchase the best Paintings, Sculpture, Photography, Jewellery, Textiles, Glass & Ceramics

Tickets $25 per adult when purchased online, $30 when purchased at the door on the night of the event.

Red Hill Consolidated school is a short drive from Melbourne – head here for the address.

Looking for accommodation nearby? Check out availability and rates here.

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Montalto Sculpture Prize 2015

Montalto Sculpture Prize 2015

The annual Montalto Sculpture prize is on until Sunday May 3, 2015.

The fabulous grounds of Montalto have over 20 permanent sculptures placed amongst the garden, wetlands and vines.

And until the start of May, you’ve got an opportunity to see the entrants in the Montalto Sculpture prize and cast a vote for the People’ Choice Award!

Buy a glass of wine at the cellar door and take a walk around the grassy lawns, through the vines and on the boardwalks. With the cooler and wetter weather, it’s recommended you wear walking shoes and gumboots.

The trail is manageable with off-road push chairs. Unfortunately it’s not suitable for wheelchairs, however with advanced notice Montalto can arrange transport to various sections of the trail.


 The judges for the Montalto Sculpture Prize 2015 are:

  • Guest Judge – Dr. Wilma Tabacco Artist & Gallery Director, Langford 120
  • John Mitchell – owner of Montalto
  • Phillip Doggett-Williams Artist & Gallery Director, Sagra Gallery
  • Brian Sadgrove – director Sadgrove Design Partners
  • Peter Williams – director Williams Boag Architects.

All sculptures that form the Montalto Sculpture Prize are for sale.

Head here for more details.


Red Hill Show 2015

Red Hill Show 2015 – Saturday March 28

The Mornington Peninsula is hosting the 87th annual Red Hill Show.

The Agricultural Show began in 1922 where locals exhibited flowers, apples, vegetables, cakes and preserves.

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The Red Hill Show is a family friendly, community event with entertainment, exhibitions, demonstrations and animals.

A family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) is only $50.

Over the years there’s been more categories added to the schedule, to reflect the changed in farming on the Mornington Peninsula.

This year there will be opportunities to view:

  • Cattle
  • Photography
  • Dogs
  • Sheep and fleece
  • Alpacas
  • Poultry
  • Clydesdale horses
  • Flowers
  • Vegetables, and
  • Craft

Looking for family friendly accommodation? Check our availability here.


Easter on the Mornington Peninsula

Visit the Mornington Peninsula over Easter!

Thinking about spending a few days over the school holidays and Easter break on the Mornington Peninsula?

Here’s 3 family friendly things to do:

1 Easter Egg Hunt

The National Trust is holding a fabulous day out on Easter Sunday 5th April between 10am – 5pm.

With Easter egg hunts, outdoor games, picnics, children’s activities and house tours of Mulberry Hill at 385 Golf Links Road, Langwarrin South.

We suggest you book before you turn up. Click here for booking details.

Like more information? Click here.

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2 Flinders Market 

The Flinders Market will be held on Easter Sunday 5th April between 9am – 2pm at the Flinders Cricket Ground (B.A.Cairns Reserve Stokes Street, Flinders)

This picturesque cricket ground overlooking Westernport Bay to Phillip Island is a fabulous setting for the stalls of fresh produce, crafts, bric a brac and take away food.

Children’s entertainment includes:

  • face painting,
  • pet farm,
  • jumping castle, and
  • pony rides.

3 Mornington Railway Steam Ride

On Easter Sunday 5th April between 11 am – 4.30pm, the Mornington Railway is running heritage steam train trips from Mornington to Moorooduc.

Located at 460 Moorooduc Highway, Moorooduc, the trains will depart at:

  • 11 am
  • 12.15 pm
  • 1.45 pm, and
  • 3 pm.

Looking for some family friendly accommodation while you visit the Mornington Peninsula?

Check out our availability here.





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.

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.

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.