Moorooduc has long had an excellent pedigree: its peaceful green plains have bred many champion racehorses, and its ‘terroir’ is now proving just as adept with fine wines.
There are half a dozen well-established vineyards with cellar doors in this vicinity, so drop in and sample some wine in one of the quieter corners of the Mornington Peninsula. This region has lots of microclimates that influence the character of wines, so if you’re a keen wine buff, talk to the cellar door staff about these subtle differences. (Check opening hours at www.mpva.com.au )
A little east of Moorooduc lies the Peninsula’s famed antique destination of Tyabb. The two villages are linked by a love of the old, and the road between the two is famous for antiques and collectables. Tyabb Packing House was once an old apple packing shed, but it’s now full to bursting with fabulous finds. There are more than two acres of old wares, antiques and vintage specialties, and competition is healthy with more than 30 dealers under the one roof.
Nearby is The Village, a close-knit group of personable artisans and creative specialists who ply their trades, skills and experience in a small and friendly environment, complete with village green and the Red Rattler Train Café.
Antiques aren’t limited to collectables either – Tyabb Airport hosts a magnificent biennial vintage flying festival (next in March 2014).