Red Hill, Red Hill South and Main Ridge are the Peninsula’s epicurean epicentre, where four restaurants hold one or two Chef’s Hats from The Age Good Food Guide. Ten Minutes by Tractor has two Chef’s Hats, while The Long Table, La Petanque and Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove each have one. This is country dining at its absolute best, where chefs are inspired by bountiful produce from their kitchen gardens and the local region.
Here you’ll find the Peninsula’s greatest concentration of vineyards, cellar doors, farm gates including U-pick strawberry and cherry farms, artisan cheese makers, olive groves, microbreweries, art galleries, luxurious retreats, charming cottages, day spas and a growing number of provedores featuring a vast array of Peninsula produce.
Victoria’s grand dame of regional markets is here too – Red Hill Market is a microcosm of the region’s fresh produce and gourmet goodies, with lots of art, craft, clothing and plants as well.
Then, head west to Arthurs Seat. At just over 300 metres, the Peninsula’s highest hill rewards with incredible views over Port Phillip Bay right back to Melbourne. Some of the Peninsula’s most beautiful gardens, including the Enchanted Maze Garden are in this pretty spot, and there are many walking tracks through Arthurs Seat State Park. If you’re in a romantic mood, come at night and see the sparkling lights of the Peninsula’s seaside villages mirrored in the water.