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



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



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.

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.

Rye Beach Abode


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.


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!