Dromana and Safety Beach have been a family holiday favourite for generations of Melburnians – and it’s easy to see why. They tick all the boxes: shallow swimming waters for the kids in summer, a very long pier where anglers often land a catch that features on tonight’s dinner table and casual cafes and extensive shopping just over the road. There's a wide variety of accommodation too, from beach campgrounds and family cottages to luxury spa accommodation.
And while the beach is a year round attraction, there’s plenty to see and do nearby. Dromana sits at the base of Arthur's Peak, the Peninsula’s highest point, where there are some beautiful walks through gardens and bush. A number of the Peninsula’s excellent golf courses are within a short drive, as are wineries with welcoming cellar doors, restaurants and luxury accommodation.
There’s rich history too, with the life of the landed gentry easy to imagine at Heronswood, with its 19th century bluestone mansion, two hectares of meticulously maintained formal gardens and the Digger's Club where heirloom and organic seeds are sold. There’s a traditional thatched roof café where the menu features the garden’s produce, and workshops throughout the year for avid gardeners.
McCrae Homestead, built in 1844 by Andrew and Georgiana McCrae, is a reminder of the simple side of pioneering life. It’s one of Victoria's oldest homesteads which, with the interpretive museum beside it, contains the 19th century family heirlooms and artworks cherished by Georgiana, who was an accomplished artist, musician and diarist.