About Mornington Peninsula
Magnificent Mornington Peninsula bounds Port Phillip Bay on one side and stretches into Western Port and out to Bass Strait on the other. The area is studded with towns, villages, vineyards, gardens and golf courses. And, of course, beautiful beaches ranging from wild ocean surf beaches to calm white sandy strips edging the bay.
The area starts at the city of Frankston and ends down the coast at the town of Portsea. To get an idea of its size, it is useful to understand the peninsula is divided into the northern peninsula (Mount Eliza, Mornington and Mount Martha) and the southern peninsula (Dromana, Rye, Sorrento and Portsea).
On the other side of the hinterland is the western port area, which includes Hastings, Merricks and Shoreham. All of this means that if you want to see the areas outside the town of Mornington, it's best to take a shore tour or arrange for private transport.
Being only an hour's drive from Melbourne, the capital of Victoria, the town of Mornington is a popular holiday and weekend destination for city folk drawn by the beaches and wineries.
The original residents were the Boonwurrung/Bunurong people until Europeans arrived in the 1840s seeking timber and pastoral land. Back then, the area was called Schnapper Point for the spot that now holds the pier. In fact, the township wasn't declared Mornington until 1861.
Within a few decades, it was discovered by holidaymakers who arrived by steamers that called at the jetty. Today, they are still drawn by the natural beauty of the landscape, the village atmosphere of the town and the picturesque foreshore.
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