Mornington’s claim to offer some of the best shopping on the Peninsula is backed up by its Main Street, which has more than a kilometre of shopping that ends just opposite the beach. (If you’re footsore after a day’s shopping, just kick your shoes off and take a restorative paddle in the sea.)
This cosmopolitan seaside village has more than 370 retail outlets, including many excellent boutiques, homeware and designer stores, produce shops and sidewalk cafes. The Main Street Wednesday market is Victoria’s longest running midweek regional market.
Along the beach are colourful bathing boxes, sailing is hugely popular and there’s a busy marina where you can dine overlooking the water or fish off the pier. No luck? Then buy freshly caught fish from Fisherman’s Beach. Mothers Beach and Mills Beach are popular for swimming, snorkelling and diving, with a number of dive operators including Harbour Dive. Nearby attractions include the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, the 19th century Morning Star Estate with a restaurant overlooking vast rose gardens and vines, the historic Beleura house and garden and the Mornington Golf Club.