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Upcoming Local Events & Attractions

There is always something happening here on the Mornington Peninsula – festivals, exhibitions, sporting events, food and wine tastings, markets and much more! Check out below to see what is coming up.

Where to Eat on the Summer Holidays 2021

Le Capucin

Open for take away and dine in coffee, pastries house made pies etc. French meals such as Beef Bourguignon, Cassoulet, Coq au Vin and more yummy treats available.
Hours: 8-3pm daily
Ph: (03) 5984 3243
3770 Point Nepean Road, Portsea


The Rye Hotel is a family owned business that has well trained and enthusiastic staff with old fashion friendly service values.
Due to COVID-19 and the Government restrictions, our Cafe & Bistro has limited seating for lunch and dinner.
Lunch sittings start at 12noon to 2.30pm
Afternoon menu from 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Dinner sitting from 5.30pm to late (Saturday from 5pm)

Grand Opening of the new Park Bar – sit down and relax!
Enjoy a beer and conversation with some friends in our new Park Bar. Head to the back and see what’s happening
Open Daily from 12 noon to 10pm

Lime Spice Hawker Beach Bar
Open for lunch Friday to Sunday
Open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday
Book your table at
2839 Pt Nepean Rd, Rye
Ph: (03) 5910 0966

Authentic Italian Food @ Sardo Sorrento

Come in and enjoy the Italian vibe and authentic food. Sip on an Aperol spritz and sit in the open air courtyard with friends and family. Everyone welcome.
Open every day – 5:00pm till late
Ph: (03) 5984 0811

Delicious food and great atmosphere @ LOQUAT

Dinner from 5.30pm Thursday – Saturday … more nights after Xmas …
Menu = 2 Course/ 3 Course ie min. 2 Course

VINYL HAPPY HOUR under the Loquat Tree &/or the Voodoo Lounge, Back Soon, Stay Tuned
We will continue to be heavily restricted but we have created 3 new outdoor areas that have heaters, music & blinds ( 2 sides only outside due to regulations). ​Outdoor Density quotient applies. approx 40 guests. Indoor Density quotient applies approx 40 guests
Ph: (03) 5984 4444

You can get everything @ Merricks General Store

BREAKFAST service daily between 8.30-11am.
LUNCH service daily between 12-3.30pm
Afternoon visits for a glass of wine, with perhaps some cheese, is always encouraged
The Veranda Coffee window is open from 7:00am
The summer instalment of THE TRADERS is open daily until 31st January 2021.
Produce Store open every day 9:00am to 5:00pm
For all future gallery exhibitions click here
Ph: 03 5989 8088

Flinders Hotel – Gin High Tea

Gin High Tea @ Zigis Bar at Flinders Hotel
This could possibly be the best 3 hours of the year. Book yourself in for a wonderful treat.
Dates: 09.01.2021 | 16.01.2021 | 23.01.2021 | 30.01.2021 | 06.02.2021 | 13.02.2021 | 20.02.2021 | 27.02.2021 | 06.03.2021 | 13.03.2021 | 20.03.2021 | 27.03.2021
Time: 12.00pm for 3 hours
Address: Cnr Cook & Wood Streets Flinders
Phone: 03 5989 0201


Local produce and fresh coffee @ The Holy Bean Cafe

Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Wednesday to Sunday 8am – 3pm Thursday, Fri & Sat nights Dinners til 8pm
Ph: 5982 0522


10:00AM – 3:00PM | 5:00PM – CLOSE
8:00AM – 3:00PM | 5:00PM – CLOSE
Ph: (03) 5984 4004

Gin Masterclass @ Bass & Flinders Distillery

We offer one of the most unique Gin Masterclasses in Australia where you have an opportunity to create your very own bespoke gin.
During our Gin Masterclasses you will delve into the wonderful world of gin. Learn the long and fascinating history of gin and how it is made.
During the classes, you will also be guided through the process of blending up your own gin recipe from a vast range of vapour infused botanicals.
Once you have created “your gin” tailored to your taste preferences, you will be able to take home a 500ml bottle with you for you and your friends to enjoy.

Price: $165pp
Phone: (03) 5989 3154

Pure Peninsula Honey

Pure Peninsula Honey Farm Shop – Open for your essential shopping! With our pure, raw honey, wax, skincare products made with honey, cider, ice cream, bee related merchandise, all available to purchase
Hours: 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm
Ph: 5978 8413
Address: 871 Derril Road, Moorooduc

Summer Trading @ Blue Mini Cafe

All day brunch, Seated indoor/outdoor dining (bookings recommended), Take away coffee/grab & go meals, pantry essentials, take away local beer, wine and cider
Open daily 7am – 3pm
Address: 2 Colchester Road, Rosebud
Ph: 03 5981 2520 (call & collect)

New Years Eve @ Portsea Village Bar & Grill

Sparkle the New Year in with dinner followed by a celebration on the 31st of December from 6:30pm
Bookings essential
Ph: 5984 8484
Address: 3765 Point Nepean Road, Portsea

Buy Local beer from St Andrews Beach Brewery

Taste all of your favourite St Andrew’s Brewery beers available. Book a table and celebrate with friends
Ph: 03 5988 6854

Summertime is a time for treats and everything chocolate @ Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Date and time: Open 9am to 5pm daily
Phone: 03 5989 0020
Address: 45 Cook Street, Flinders

1/2 price oysters @ Bistro Elba

Scumptious Oysters half price 7 days/week
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Address: 100-102 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Ph: 03 5984 4995

Create memories @ Pt Leo Estate

Immerse yourself in the sculpture park overlooking the Westernport Bay and Hinterland of the Peninsula.
Sit outside for a relaxing fizz or treat yourself to the tastes of the Peninsula in the restaurant.

Panda Eats @ Panda Blairgowrie

Ph: (03) 5988 8261
2871 Point Nepean Road, Blairgowrie VIC 3942

Where to Play on the Summer Holidays 2021

Flying High above the trees @ Arthurs Seat Eagle

Fun Facts: The Eagle has 34 gondolas. Each gondola can hold eight guests. The summit is 314 metres high. The flight takes approximately 15 minutes each way. The tallest tower is ‘Number 9’ – it’s 22 metres from the ground to rope level.
Open every day 10-5 then 9-6 after 26/12/21
Ph: 03 5987 0600
Address: 1085 Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana (Base Station)

NYE at Dromana Drive In

See website for movie guide and session details

Date: 31 December 2020
Time: if applicable 5.30pm to 2am (1-1-21)
Address: 133 Nepean Hwy Dromana 3936
Phone: 035931 0022

Doors are OPEN @ Manyung Gallery Sorrento

‘Fun times along the Coast’ Explore the wonderful world of art with our virtual exhibitions.
Also, each Saturday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00pm come and enjoy the Sorrento Gallery’s Salon Style presentations and see some great art over a glass of wine.
Phone: (03) 9787 2953

Jerome Whitcroft Exhibition @ Aegean Designs Portsea

New exhibition of the fabulous new works of Jerome Whitcroft exploring abstract expressionism and recycled mediums.

Phone: 0424 545 366
Address: 1-3760 Point nepean Rd Portsea

Experience a Walking Tour @ Sorrento Ghost Tours

Date: Monday and Tuesday nights in January (and late December) public tours 8pm. Private Tours any time or date over December /January
Time: 8pm
Address: Meet at the corner of Nepean Hwy and Ocean Beach Rd at the rotunda Booking essential as numbers are limited.
Phone: 0409 844 768

Experience adventure amongst nature and the all-new Sky Scramble @ Enchanted Adventure Garden

There is something for all the family, stunning gardens, crazy mazes, thrilling tree surfing, great food and don’t forget the lolly wall!
Date: Open every day
Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm (except Christmas Day)
Address: 21 Purves Rd, Arthurs Seat (opposite Seawinds National Park)
Ph: (03) 5981 8449

Art Sale @ Nissarana Galleries

Open 7 days a week

03 5976 8877 | 0474 496 222
211 Main St Mornington

Cape Merchants

Visit Cape Merchants, mention Beachside Tourism and we will give you 10% off full priced items.
Pack your items in a Cape Merchants reusable shopping bag. Made with recycled PET bottles and printed with a fabulous anchor emblem, it’s functional, sustainably produced & stylish.
Phone: 03 59844641
Address: Cape Merchants, 65-67 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento (between the chemist and icecream shops)

Get rolling @ Sorrento Bowls Club

Summer Barefoot Bowls – just call 0412 371 321 to book a 2-hour rink for $15 per person
Minimum charge $150 covers up to 10 players – includes access to clubhouse facilities and all bowls equipment.
Licenced bar and bbq hire available.
Phone: 0412 371 321
Address: Hotham Rd, Sorrento

endota red hill

Enjoy and relax with remedial massage and purchase products to help you continue your self-care.
Open for full service. Book an appointment to relax and unwind into the Summer Holidays

Ph: 03 5931 0044
Web: endota red hill

Beach Yoga with Silent Headphones @ Recreation Sorrento

Date: Starting Monday, 28th December to Friday 22nd January 2021
Time: Daily @ 8:30am
Address: Sorrento Foreshore next to the Rotunda and Ferry Landing
Ph: 03 5984 0304

Time to garden @ Heronswood ‘Diggers’

A full range of seeds, plants, bulbs & supplies are available online with an expanded range of edible ‘members only’ seeds to ensure members are able to continue to purchase their favourite varieties.

Ph: 03 5984 7321

ANIMALIA In Sand re-open @ Boneo Discovery Park

Located on Victoria’s stunning Mornington Peninsula, our 27 acre wetlands are a beautiful showcase of the Mornington Peninsula’s indigenous flora and fauna, including many species of frogs, reptiles and water birds
Date: Open now until Easter
Tickets: 15+ $18, u15 $15, u3 free
Address: 695 Limestone Rd Fingal 3939
Phone: 0359886385

Boatshed Cheese

Date: Monday to Friday, Saturday 9-4, Sunday 10-4
Address: 3/10 Thomson Terrace, Dromana
Ph: 0476 180 382

Sorrento’s Yoga Studio and so much more

Bush tucker guided walks, Yidaki (didgeridoo) Mediatation, Teen Zumbalates, Outdoor Yoga @ Sorrento Sailing Club
For full details, times, booking and prices please head to the website
Enquiries 0409 409 252.

Ph: 0409 409 252 or book directly via the web

Summer Social Hits for only $5 @ Boneo Tennis Club

Book a session online & have a pin code sent to you to enter at the gate for easy access. Lights will activate automatically if booking at night.
A great way to get outdoors & get your daily exercise.
Price: $5 per person per night.
Hours: 7am-11pm
Address: 570 Boneo Road, Boneo
Phone: Please text Jami on 0434 020 718 by 12pm on the day

Grown and made locally @ Red Hill Cheese

Cellar door will be open for contactless cheese sales (through our pop up window)
Red Hill Cheese is a family run artisan cheese company that produces small batches of cheese and gourmet produce from our bush property and cellar door in Red Hill

Your favourite cheeses can now be ordered online through our website or even better drop in for a tasting:

School Holiday Club @ Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park

Date: week 1 – 6th, 7th, 8th January
week 2 – 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th January
week 3 – 20th, 21st
Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm
Address: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale
Ph: 03 5978 7935

**Sterile cleaning** @ Rest Easy Services

If you have any deep cleaning or extra sterilisation requirements, Rest Easy Services have teams trained and ready. Fully equipped with masks, gloves and hospital grade sanitiser spray.
Please call 0429 780 896 or email and quote “Beachside” to get your 10% discount. Stay sterile!!

Summer on the Bay Activities

School Holiday Programs & Water Activities Galore @ Bayplay & Illuka Retreat

Sea Kayak Tour – The Dolphin Sanctuary – 9:30am & 1pm Daily
Snorkelling with the Sea Dragons – 2pm Daily
Guided Scuba Dives at 8:30am & 11am Daily
Hire equipment:
Stand Up Paddle Board Hire – Explore our bay on a Paddle board!
Sit on Top Kayaks – Enjoy our pristine coastline from a kayak!
Snorkel Gear – Check out our local weedy sea dragons!
Bike Hire – Discover Point Nepean National park!
School Holiday programs:
We are running school holiday day programs on the following dates:
12-14th of January 2021 & 19th -21st of January 2021

Ph: 03 5984 0888
Address: 3755 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea
Web: &

Dolphin and Seal Swims and Sightseeing cruises @ Polperro Dolphin Swims

Date: Daily (weather permitting)
Time: 2 daily departures 8:00am and 12:00pm
Address: Sorrento Pier, adjacent to Searoad ferry terminal
Ph: 03 5988 8434

Swimming and sightseeing tours @ Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Fishing on the beautiful Port Phillip Bay with Timeout Fishing Charters

Time: If applicable multiple trips each day. Call for further details
Address: Rye boatramp or Blairgowrie Marina if wheel chair trips
Ph: 0400 440 705

Exclusive Sightseeing & Fishing Charters @ Riptide Charters

Do you want to see the South Chanel Fort, Southern Pile Light, Chinaman’s Hat and Mud Islands on your own private tour?
All trips are by appointment, go where you want when you want.
Maximum 8 ppl (one party exclusively)

Price: Flat rate of $80 per hour (whole boat is yours, includes fishing gear
Departs: Blairgowrie Pier
Ph:0433 473 061 (Call Steve Ross to make an appointment)

Moonraker dolphin swims

A multi-award winning aquatic experience, offering a range of swimming and sightseeing tours, from 3-hour dolphin and seal swims to 90 minute wildlife sightseeing adventure cruises
Date: Daily (weather permitting)
Time: Season opens from Oct to April, our tours depart daily at various times throughout the day. Please call for further information
Address: Sorrento Pier, Esplanade Rd, Sorrento
Ph: 03 5984 4211 mob: 0451 795 797

Ocean and Bay Fishing Charters with Rip Charters

Date: Trips depart daily in season. Weather permitting
Ph: 0438 390 312

Sunset Cruise with Victorian Yacht Charters

Includes 1.5 hour Cruise on Luxury Yacht, Glass of bubbly, gourmet cheese platter
Date: Available Friday and Saturday – November through to March
Bookings essential
Ph: 1300 304 992

Mornington Peninsula Beachside Tourism