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.




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.

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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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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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SeaSwell Peninsula Charity Walk

The SeaSwell Peninsula Charity Walk will be held on Sunday May 3, 2015

In it’s third year, the SeaSwell Peninsula Charity Walk has two walking options. A 20km walk from Cape Schanck to Blairgowrie and a 10km walk from Rye Back Beach to Blairgowrie. 

The focus this year is mental health, with all money raised going to Headspace Frankston. Organisers would love you to wear bright green to show your support for mental health.

The SeaSwell Peninsula Charity walk has set up a supporter page where participants can get support from their family, colleagues and friends.

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This year SeaSwell Peninsula Charity walk has introduced an early bird special of only $50 (a saving of $5) up until Friday 17 April. Although online registrations will close on Friday 1 May, you can register on Saturday May 2 at Blairgowrie Village from 8am-4pm.

More details can be found here.



The Briars Outdoor Cinema

If you love watching movies outside, head to the Briars Outdoor Cinema!

From Friday March 27th – Sunday April 12th, the Briars will be showing new and classic movies.

Bring your family and spread out your rugs on the beautiful lawns of the Briars at Mount Martha, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha.

As you enjoy watching the movies under the stars, you can feast from your own picnic basket or enjoy the food served from the gourmet food trucks.


Tickets are available on the night, but to avoid disappointment the organisers are suggesting that you pre-purchase them here.

Each Sunday there will be live music from Dan M before the movies start – a great way to end a weekend with music, dinner on the lawns then a movie!

Check out the Briars Outdoor Cinema movie program here. 



Swim With Dolphins On The Mornington Peninsula

Visiting the Mornington Peninsula and looking for a unique marine animal experience?

Polperro Dolphin Swims is a multi-award winning eco tourism operation that’s been running since 1986.

Want to get wet as you explore Port Phillip Bay’s underwater world? Polperro Dolphin Swims offer a fabulous snorkelling experience where you can see wild Bottlenose dolphins and Australian Fur seals swim.

But if you’re not too keen on getting into the water, stay dry on deck as you learn about Port Phillip Bay and marine conservation on deck.

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Polperro Dolphin Swims offers:

  • a fully licensed vessel staffed with experienced and professionally trained staff,
  • small groups to ensure passenger safety,
  • change areas and refreshment areas, and
  • all wetsuits, masks and snorkels.

Bookings are recommended and can be made online here.

Looking for accommodation nearby?

Check out our availability here. 

Peninsula Short Film Festival 2015

Peninsula Short Film Festival 2015 – February 7

The Peninsula Short Film Festival is a unique event held annually on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.

It aims to foster and support the Australian film industry where film-makers of any level can submit a film up to eight minutes.

Head to the Village Green in Rosebud and view the finalists on February 7.

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This years shortlisted finalists include:

  1. Quinnies – Mandie Combe
  2. Chicken – Carl J. Sorheim / The Cameralla
  3. Hit – David Gannon / The Cameralla
  4. Palindromes – Nicholas Colla, and
  5. Noddy – Benjamin Plazzer / Ann Murison

And in 2015 the Peninsula Short Film Festival has added two more categories

1 Best Documentary:

  1. Under The Vest – Christopher Kosmer, Therese Philippa & Natahnee Veitch
  2. Tofu Man – Andrew Robb
  3. Doug the Barber – Amelia Smith

2 Best Animation:

  1. A Wagga Wagga Winter Tale – Sheraden Robins
  2. Glasses – Alyssa Smedley
  3. Plenty of Fish – Simon Chapman

Click here for more details and information.

Rosebud Kite Festival 2015

Rosebud Kite Festival Sunday March 8 2015

The Rosebud Kite Festival is Victoria’s premier kite festival.

This year it will be held over the Labour Day long weekend on Rosebud foreshore (end of Jetty Road, Rosebud)

On Saturday March 7 there will be an opportunity to meet the kite makers while they demonstrate their skills from 10am – 1pm.

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And on Sunday March 8, the Rosebud Kite Festival program ramps up with:

  • live entertainment,
  • kite making workshops,
  • rides,
  • magic workshops,
  • community stalls, and
  • roving performance artists.

This family friendly event is a great opportunity to see the Rosebud foreshore come alive with super sized kites and aerial characters wowing all ages.

For more details and information click here.

If you’re looking for family friendly accommodation, why not check out our availability here.


Between The Bays 2015

Between the Bays 2015 – Saturday February 28

Want to attend a family friendly music festival on the Mornington Peninsula?

Between the Bays is now in its 10th year and offers music lovers a safe, inexpensive summer festival experience.

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The line up for Between the Bays 2015 includes:

  • James Reyne,
  • Mark Seymour,
  • Custard,
  • Sweet Jean, and
  • The Billabong Boyz.

And with all proceeds raised going to Penbank School’s partnership with the Wugularr School in the Northern Territory – you can feel like you’re contributing as while you’re having a great day out.

Between the Bays is held at Penbank School, about a 1 hour drive from Melbourne, and only moments away from the rest of the Mornington Peninsula.

Gates open at 1pm and with a wide variety of kids’ activities, including rides and workshops on offer, it’s a great opportunity for all the family to enjoy together.

Click here for more information, including buying tickets.

If you’re going to Between the Bays why not spend the whole weekend, or longer on the Mornington Peninsula?

Click here for our availability calendar, including booking details.