Our Grand Tour One is a meandering journey through the Mornington Peninsula that takes you through the hinterland to the rugged south west with a main break at the Peninsula Hot Springs where you will leave feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to soak up some iconic roads and fresh experiences as you journey homeward.
Drive. Take Peninsula link from Frankston until you reach the Dromana/Arthurs Seat exit (C789) then climb the famous route to the top of Arthurs Seat. This should take about 30 minutes from Frankston and will provide you with your first stop – a view from the top looking down at the glory of Port Phillip Bay and through to the Moorooduc Plains. From here follow Purves Road, then Browns Road through Main Ridge and Rosebud until you reach Springs Lane in Fingal. All up, this route should take approx. 30 minutes unless you stop and smell the roses along the way.
Drive. From the Peninsula Hot Springs head back the same way and veer East back on Browns Road until you reach Boneo Road. Turn right here and head due south (follow the Flinders sign) All up, your comfortably about 30 minutes from Flinders.
Do. Stop at Cape Schanck Lighthouse (detour off Boneo Rd, 10 mins.), Bushrangers Bay or one of our favourites if your time poor and want just a little stretch – the Blowhole (just outside of Flinders). Once in Flinders pick up some organic bread at Flinders Sourdough, or if it’s lunch, take a seat on the deck at the Flinders Hotel for some local fare and hospitality. There’s lots to see and do in Flinders.
Drive. From Flinders head north east on Frankston-Flinders Road (C777) and by the time you reach Shoreham turn left onto Red Hill Road. Continue on this road until you reach Merricks North and Bittern Dromana Road (C788) where you will turn right. Follow this until you reach Balnarring Road (C784) where you will turn left and you will follow this road through to it’s completion – the Peninsula Link underpass. From here head back on to the link – your homebound. All up this route would take no more than 40 minutes but there are plenty of interesting places to see and do – weight up the time of day, season and your mood and go from there.
Do. If you’re looking for some inspiration in the garden then a stop at Nobbies View Plant Farm in Shoreham is a must. In Red Hill South there’s coffee time at The Cellar & Pantry (a local institution) Darling Park Winery (casual European fare), Polperro (sophisticated surrounds and menu) The Gordon Studio Glasslowers for exemplary glass works. Further along and in Merricks North you have Willow Creek Winery and to finish things off Terre at Dromana Estate (in Dromana), two of the finest experiences involving wine and food on the Peninsula.