This underrated region offers a long list of experiences to write home about.
Article source: Australian Traveller, Eliza Sholly
Victoria’s own version of the Hamptons boasts incredible food producers, wineries, top-of-the-line restaurants, walking trails and so much more.
Sadly, many Victorians (let alone interstaters) are yet to discover the many gems hidden among the leaves of the pretty peninsula; a beautifully relaxed region that stretches from Frankston to Portsea. Here is how to change it and get acquainted with the best things to do in Mornington Peninsula.
If you consider yourself a gastronome, you’ll be marvelled by the fact that the Mornington Peninsula delivers several hatted restaurants within 30 minutes’ drive of each other. The first, Laura at Pt Leo Estate, offers modern Australian cuisine among a $50 million sculpture park. Paringa Estate is a celebration of locally sourced, seasonal produce. The beef is from Gippsland, pork from Western Victoria and seafood from the surrounding coast.
Find more great places to eat and drink on the Mornington Peninsula here.
Pt. Leo Estate wears many hats. Owned by the Gandel family, the grounds consist of a 20-hectare vineyard, a cellar door, restaurants and, possibly the crowning glory of the whole project, a meandering sculpture garden.
One-hundred-and-thirty-five hectares in total, the Sculpture Park is an outdoor gallery housing 60 large-scale installations with plenty of room for more. The collection is made up of pieces by Australian and international artists, all part of the Gandels’ private collection. The Sculpture Park sees all these pieces finally brought together in one place for the first time, having in the past been stored or loaned out. One work was relocated from a paddock where some of the property’s 100 or so head of Angus cattle used it as a scratching post.
Thirty and 60-minute walks see you meander through the exhibition and adjacent vines. Similar to Sculpture by the Sea, the collection allows those viewing it to explore the works from every angle as they walk throughout. Pieces are rendered in various mediums, from slate to wood to metal.