The Merricks General Store

The Merricks General Store The Merricks General Wine Store is an iconic establishment featuring the best wine and bistro on the Mornington Peninsula. History Built in 1922 by the Joyner family, the store used to be a post office and a meeting place for the local rural community. It also became a favourite spot for day-trippers and surfers who dropped by for their pies, chips, hot chocolate and milkshakes. Fast forward to 1997, the store was briefly operated as a restaurant and gourmet food pantry, however, it was rundown by the early 2000s. The new owners restored the building and [...]

By |December, 7th 2018|

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

A visit to the Mornington Peninsula won’t be complete without experiencing the wildlife. If you are seeking a wildlife adventure for the entire family, be sure to include Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in your itinerary. Located 50 minutes southeast of Central Melbourne, this award winning wildlife park is home to many animals including kangaroos, wallabies, and koalas. They also have colourful birds, reptiles, dingoes, and many other endangered species. At night, the park comes alive with the world-famous lantern-lit tours where you can get a glimpse of nocturnal birds, gliders, endangered quolls, pademelons, and bettongs. History The Moonlit Sanctuary [...]

By |November, 14th 2018|

A Bird Watcher’s Guide to the Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is home to hundreds of bird species. You can find them flying and wandering around the lush wetlands and vast wilderness in Victoria. If you want to spot these magnificent feathered creatures in their natural habitat, grab your binoculars and be ready to traverse the peninsula. There are over 250 bushlands reserves around the peninsula that provide refuge for wildlife. Visit any of these bushlands, such as the Red Hill Bushland Reserve for a chance to spy a wide variety of parrots including long-billed corellas and gang-gang cockatoos. If you’re lucky, you may spot a laughing kookaburra, [...]

By |November, 5th 2018|

The Kid-Friendly Holiday

Going on a holiday with your kids is a great way to strengthen family bonds. It is also a way for them to enjoy and experience the world away from home – opening them up to different people, different sights and sounds, and different activities while they’re still young. The Mornington Peninsula has a wide range of activities and exciting landscapes that both parents and children can enjoy. If you’re planning a vacation with your kids, here’s a fun 3-day itinerary to get the most out of your trip. DAY 1 Check in to one of Amberlee’s spacious cabins and [...]

By |October, 17th 2018|

Cycling the Mornington Peninsula

There is so much to see around the Mornington Peninsula – pristine beaches, vineyards and wineries, nature parks, markets, and historical landmarks. To truly experience the laidback vibe of the area, you can go walking, sea kayaking, or cycling. There are a number of cycling trails that you can follow to truly explore the beauty of the peninsula. Cycling is a great way to take in the scenery at a slower rate than if you roared past in a car. And if you’re an enthusiastic cyclist – it is an excellent way to check out the Mornington Peninsula. If safety [...]

By |October, 11th 2018|

Meet the Cute and Cuddlies of the Mornington Peninsula

On top of the magical sights and scenery, the Mornington Peninsula is also home to a wonderful array of wildlife and biodiversity. The ecosystem includes over 400 species of native animals. From reptiles and marine creatures, to mammals, the wildlife is truly diverse. Here are some of the ‘cute and cuddly’ mammals that inhabit the peninsula… well, ‘cute and cuddly’ to look at from a distance! Never actually approach or touch them… because remember, they are WILDlife! Wombat Wombats are short-legged, marsupial mammals that are native to Australia. They can grow to about 1 metre in length and are known [...]

By |September, 20th 2018|