If you’re wondering why we’ve chosen a Peacock to launch the entry of Southern Cosmetics into the Mornington Peninsula scene, please rest assured. The humble peacock symbolises vision, guidance, protection, awakening but the spirit animal is the epitome of beauty. This graceful power animal offers lessons about self-love, honour, integrity and the importance of facing life’s challenges as well as the unknown with courage and confidence.
There's a quote by Emile Zola and it goes along these lines "The artist is nothing without the gift, the gift is nothing without work". We'll go one step further and say that the work is nothing without the sup...
A cracking new gallery has opened in Flinders run by highly regarded art writers, curators and gallerists, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs. The big, bright and architectural space replaces the McCullochs home gallery Whistlewood as their exhibition venue.
Words truly can’t describe Big Beautiful Backyard but if you’re after a laid back escape where you can hole up and do exactly as you please – think Henry Miller - then follow this through. A true couples only retreat, BBB is nestled between the sand dunes and tea trees of St Andrews Beach and its magnificent rugged ocean.
Part of the allure of visiting Red Hill Cheese is that it’s down a quiet country road, surrounded by a majestic natural environment in the forest. From the tasting room and deck, you can discover the different styles from the Cheese-maker’s selection of premium cheeses. From our perspective this is a tasting experience where visitors often return to discover new seasonal, artisan cheeses.
Flinders in the past 12 months has undergone a renaissance with the addition of galleries, restaurants, cafes and bars but a standout over the years has been Flinders Shed. Head here if you wish to check out this cool shop that stocks contemporary and avant-garde brands. Inconspicuously tucked between two art galleries, this family-owned boutique - run by mother and daughter team Chris and Nat Lawrance, Flinders Shed has created something of a cult following as the boutique is known for showcasing independent designers and is widely considered a haven for those seeking hard-to-find labels.
A long-term love affair with Santorini, and a passion for Greek food, has brought a new culinary vibe to the Mornington Peninsula. Across the road from the McCrae lighthouse (at what was The Pavilion), Alatonero is giving diners the opportunity to enjoy well known and much loved Greek delicacies. With an impressive resume in the food world, and with energy and drive to burn, Jacqui Poulier found the perfect location for her new venture, where she has brought to life her love of food, cooking, people and stories. The restaurant is light, bright, open and airy with a fresh sea breeze that drifts through the open plan dining area.
The Red Hill Peony Estate is an exceptional floral, architectural and historic experience – it is also the first peony farm in the region. The Holmes/Sheehan family have lived on the property for 132 years, and this is the second time the recently established English-inspired gardens have been opened to the public.
It's not a stretch to say that we're all familiar with the "slip, slop, slap" message; however, new research says the risk of skin damage under the sun's rays must be taken more seriously. In a world-first study, researchers from the ANU and NZIWAR found that, on average, regions like the Mornington Peninsula and cities like Melbourne only experienced two days a year where there wasn't enough UV to get sun damage. Two days! They found that even if the UV index is low and if you're outside for more than 15 minutes... you're at risk. Making sure you prioritise a skin check is just as important as a health check.
NordicSpace Design is run by Jessica Enander Dunne - an interior designer of the highest calibre with over 12 years of experience working for leading architecture and furniture companies. The aesthetic principals of Jessica’s Swedish background influence the NordicSpace style, hinting of a neutral, textured and effortless style perfect for Peninsula living, whether it’s by coast or hinterland. Jessica’s ideas are centred around considered designs that create calm, timeless spaces and homes that will not date.
Trudy Baker's 'Little Alpaca' boutique is almost as endearing as the collections of wonderfully soft luxury fibres she stocks. To us, it's a one-stop natural fibre destination. It's the kind of store that specialises in original products with traditional craftsmanship designed by true creatives, and that's what makes it tick. Trudy stocks elegant, hand crafted women's & men's fashions. All products are made with the highest of standards. The fibres in the shop are always soft and easily worn against the skin, and you will find alpaca, merino, possum, cashmere, mohair, silk, cotton, and linen.
To us, Farrell’s Bookshop is everything Jen Campbel describes and more. Currently celebrating their 40th year of service in the heart of Mornington, Farrell’s was founded in 1978 by Roy and Liz Farrell, who set up the shop initially in Mornington’s Woolworth’s building. Today you can find it on the corner of Main and Barkly Street and has recently undergone a significant transformation - get in there, good will come of it, we promise.