A visit to Portsea on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula is sure to delight, offering something for outdoor adventurers, foodies, historians, property enthusiasts and art lovers.
Just 2km wide, the narrow Peninsula boasts rugged surf beaches along Bass Strait to the north, which is home to an active surf lifesaving club. Spectacular views along the ocean coast are a highlight, including the rocky archway known as London Bridge.
On the southern side of the Peninsula, the tranquil waters of Port Phillip Bay play host to some 90 bottlenose dolphins, as well as the exquisite weedy sea dragon residing under the pier. For this reason, Portsea has become known as a popular diving hub.
Extending to the extreme tip of the Peninsula is Point Nepean National Park. Visitors can discover the rich history of military tunnels and forts and can explore the Quarantine Station built in the 1800s.
For a change of pace, head to the small commercial precinct. Take in the impressive views from the historic hotel over a relaxing meal and then visit the local gallery. Or take a walk around Shelley Beach for a glimpse of some of the most luxurious and expensive properties in Victoria.
No matter the season, this region offers something for everyone, so be sure to put Portsea on your ‘to-do’ list.