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From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

1. From Melbourne: Peninsula Hot Springs & Bathing Boxes Tour

Kick off the day with a relaxing break at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs, a group of thermal mineral pools complete with reflexology walk, Turkish hamam, sauna, cold plunge pool, and the iconic Hilltop Pool which boasts a 360-degree view of the region. Head up to Arthurs Seat where you will admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is an iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the wonderful backdrop of the crystal-blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered.

Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

2. Mornington Peninsula Winery Bus Tour with Lunch & Wine

Visit 4 of the region's best wineries with a guide who will provide you with lots of local knowledge. Enjoy an amazing experience and create everlasting memories. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula where you can take photos. Lunch, with a glass of wine and tastings, is offered at any of the wineries visited. See for yourself why the Mornington Peninsula wine region is rated as one of the best wine regions in Australia.

From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

3. From Melbourne: Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

Exhilarate your senses with a visit to the award-winning coastal oasis of Peninsula Hot Springs, located less than 90 minutes from Melbourne. Experience complete relaxation, connection, and rejuvenation, as you unwind and experience geothermal bathing in a stunning natural setting. Explore over 50 different globally-inspired bathing experiences in the renowned Bath House and soak in 50°C mineral-rich waters. Try out unique experiences such as a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool and much more. Simply board your direct shuttle from Central Melbourne and prepare for a day of complete rejuvenation of the mind and soul.

From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

4. From Sorrento Pier: 2-Hour Great Southern Reef Snorkeling

Depart from Sorrento, the native land of the Boonwurrung people, and the site of the first European settlement in 1803. Pass beneath the 20-million-year-old calcarenite cliffs of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and in less than 15 minutes start discovering the vast Great Southern Reef beneath the water. Do some snorkeling at three different sites where you'll meet nature's finest temperate marine animals, many that exist nowhere else on Earth. See an array of colorful fish, graceful stingrays, unusual weedy seadragons, and entertaining seals. Swim freely listening to the grunts and clicks of fish working the reef and be mesmerised by the rich colours. In a swift RIB boat, travel quickly between each location, looking out for dolphin sightings as the tour explores the southern end of the peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

5. Mornington Peninsula: Scenic Wine, Cheese And Chocolate Tour

The Mornington Peninsular is as stunning as it is diverse. From the quiet bay side beach boxes to the roaring southern ocean the hinterland of the Peninsular is home to many hidden gourmet delights. Rustic farmhouses with generous samples of fresh goats cheese, chocolate creations produced in a gorgeous seaside town and some of the best Pinot Noir anywhere in the world make up this day tour! At Main Ridge Dairy you sample some of the goats cheese from this small boutique farm and meet the goats themselves!   Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through the vineyards and rolling hills of the Mornington Peninsular. Each winery has been selected for its excellent cellar door experience and variety of wines. The Mornington Peninsular is famous for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and you will sample these and other varietals throughout the day. Then sample their multi award winning chocolates and marvel at their amazing combinations and creations. Visit the seaside town of Flinders followed by time to explore the township with its boutique shops and galleries or take a stroll to the beach. Step into the wonderful world of strawberries at Sunny Ridge Strawberry farm. Sample the numerous ciders and strawberry liqueurs and wines. Indulge in strawberries with chocolate sauce or perhaps pick you own punnet! (Strawberry picking is seasonally available and at an extra cost)

Peninsula Hot Springs: Bathhouse and Picnic Experience for 2

6. Peninsula Hot Springs: Bathhouse and Picnic Experience for 2

Relaxation starts as soon as you book your visit to the bathhouse, a place for families and friends to bathe and relax while connecting in nature. Immerse yourself in this bathing wonderland with over 50 globally inspired experiences. These experiences include thermal mineral spring pools, a Turkish steam bath (Hamam), a cave pool, and a hilltop pool offering 360-degree views of the region. When you are ready, you can collect your picnic hamper from the wellness center between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Enjoy your meal in the ample lawn space, picnic seating, and tables in a beautiful native coastal garden setting.

Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

7. Mornington Peninsula: 3-Hour Wine Discovery and Tasting

This Mornington Peninsula discovery tour offers beginners and seasoned wine lovers alike some insight into the roles played by varieties, location, and wine making in producing world-class and cool-climate wines. Set in the breathtaking Alto wine room - complete with panoramic views overlooking the estate vineyards. It is in this room that you are guided through an educational tasting of wine from the current releases and back vintages, as well as limited bottles not available anywhere else. Following your tasting, take a seat in the beautiful Piazza where a seasonal menu is drawn from the produce gardens. Included in your Montalto Mornington Peninsula discovery tasting is a casual, shared lunch in the piazza, accompanied by a glass of the estate's wine. Following lunch, take your time to explore the contemporary sculpture collection set amongst the produce gardens and vineyards of the Montalto Estate.

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

8. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

Peninsula Hot Springs Tour from Melbourne

9. Peninsula Hot Springs Tour from Melbourne

Peninsula Hot Springs is the first natural hot spring & day spa center in Victoria. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and baths providing the idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Like the historic and famous spa centres of Europe, Asia, America, and New Zealand, the natural hot springs in Rye on the Mornington Peninsula bring a blissful and healthy experience. The 50°C hot mineral rich spring water flows from an underground aquifer 637 metres below the surface into the many pools and baths. Relax and rejuvenate in the many bathing experiences, which include a cave pool, reflexology walk, hydrotherapy pool, thermal stream gully, thermal massaging showers, sauna, moon viewing pool, family pools, and more. Your tour includes morning access to the thermal pools and a delicious lunch with wine tasting at a local winery. Next, choose to either visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can try your hand at picking strawberries between November and March (subject to fruit availability). Alternatively, visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to indulge in some locally produced sweet treats (available year round). Finish your day by taking in panoramic views of the peninsula and Port Phillip Bay with a ride on the Arthurs Seat Eagle Gondola.

Mornington Peninsula Tour Full-Day from Melbourne

10. Mornington Peninsula Tour Full-Day from Melbourne

Discover Victoria's stunning natural treasures on this day trip to the charming Mornington Peninsula. Start your tour with a hotel pickup and leave Melbourne behind as you travel to the tip of the Peninsula to visit the seaside town of Portsea. See its famous coloured swimming boxes and get a photo, marvel at the mansions of the Millionaires Walk and learn the history of the peninsula before visiting the London Bridge Rock formation and watching the surf on the Ocean Side of the bay. Choose to visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can try your hand at picking strawberries. Note that this option is only available November-March and is subject to fruit availability. Alternatively, visit Mornington Peninsula Chocolates to indulge in some locally produced sweet treats (available year round). Marvel at the spectacular panoramic views from the Gondola as you descend down the mountain before heading back to Melbourne. The perfect end to the day.

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What people are saying about Mornington Peninsula

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 118 reviews

Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs was the highlight of my Melbourne getaway. The hill top pool was the best but I enjoyed every other pool and sauna I was able to try. I have to say special thanks to Polly and Matt from Explore Australia for making my day. If it was them, this tour wouldn't have happened. Getyourguide let me book this tour for 26 April (Monday) and kept me in that belief that everything was alright. I even talked to them 2 days prior to the schedule departure about the possibility of cancellation (due to covid, many tours are not going ahead). They said everything was as planned, no problem. I haven't got any confirmation from the tour company though, so by Monday morning I was really nervous and worried about missing the tour. Called Explore Australia and they said they didn't have a booking for that day!! Thank God I had one more day in Melb, so Polly from the office reschedule my tour, can't be greatful enough for her. And Matt, the tour guide, he's just awesome.

Lots of beautiful spots enjoy and pools to soak in. Staff are excellent, changing room are clean, keeping your stuff are easy and safe. A bit long queue at the Hill top pool since it's not too big. Might need to come on weekdays. Beautiful Melb views from the gondola. Staff are super friendly and gave great options. Met and talked with the friendly locals at Bathing Boxes those shared the history and other gem spots to explore around.

Really great experience, even with choppy, cold water. Exciting to see the seals up close and getting the opportunity to see a big stingray. Experienced and professional crew, and well allotted on board Cafe. My only complaint would be that there was no signage or directions when we arrived and, although the invitation specified arriving early, we left late.

Our guide, Adrian, was very informative and helpful. The wineries we visited were excellent, provided interesting information and were generous with the tastings. Lunch was tasty and efficiently provided, with plentiful helpings and pleasant service. I would highly recommend this activity to anyone living or travelling in Victoria.

Explore Australia staff were very responsive and proactive in making sure my booking was good to go. The Hot Springs were busy but overall relaxing. I was able to get a space when I wanted one.