I am often asked for some ideas for people who are driving down from Melbourne as to what they can do on the way to Harmony B&B, so I thought I would share some of my favourites with you.
If you like wineries then I recommend heading to Red Hill and Main Ridge as your first point of call. I recommend Red Hill Estate, for the magnificent views of Western Port Bay, even if you don’t drink wine. Two doors up from there is Montalto Vineyard and Olive grove, they have wine and olive product tastings and an interesting sculpture park walk. There are so many wineries around that you will stumble over them everywhere, but those are both well worth a visit.
From there go to Arthurs Seat. The view from the look out there is now hindered by trees, but drive down Purves Road to Seawinds National Park where there are two beautiful lookout points, you won’t be disappointed. http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/explore/parks/arthurs-seat-state-park/things-to-do/seawinds2
From there you could go to Ashcombe Maze and Lavender gardens www.ashcombemaze.com.au which is always very popular.
There are lots of places in the area for lunch ranging from wineries to Old English pubs or cafes, something to suit every appetite.
From there drive to Flinders, check out the surf beach and the jetty area and wander down the small main street which has lots of galleries and a very popular chocolatier.
From Flinders drive to Cape Schanck and either do the boardwalk which offers stunning rugged coastal scenery or just enjoy the view from the lookout. There is a lovely light house there too.
Frome here you are only ten minutes from Harmony B&B.
Another option would be to drive from Melbourne straight to Sorrento. Once at Sorrento, have a walk along the pier, wander down the main street which is full of beautiful shops and galleries. Drive to the surf beach and walk up to Coppins Look out for a great view of both the Bay and Surf beaches. You can do a bit of a walk across the dunes to The Bay of Islands or Jubilee point which are beautiful views. Then head back into Sorrento for lunch. The fish and chip shop there is excellent and there is nothing nicer than sitting on the beach eating fish and chips!
The drive back to Harmony is about 20 minutes.
Of course these options can be enjoyed in revers on the way back to Melbourne.
Whether you are coming for an overnight, extended stay or just a day trip the peninsula is brimming with wonderful places to explore and this is just a taste.
Look forward to seeing you on the peninsula soon.