This isn’t a day trip, this is a secret bay trip, which only the locals know about… until now. Escape the tourist trail, explore Melbourne’s back streets and hit quiet, hidden beaches for a week (or more) on Victoria’s sandy Mornington Peninsula. Get the inside track, literally, and stay in three stylish bolt holes while exploring the sandy coastline safe in the knowledge that you’re experiencing the best. Why else would the Aussies keep them all to themselves?
Landing in Melbourne, you’ll check into the cutting edge Cullen hotel, where daring paintings and sculptures by Australia’s finest adorn the walls. Melbourne is buzzing with life, and we can get you behind the scenes. Take an afternoon to admire the city’s world-famous street art with a guide: the stencilling and spraywork here give grafitti a new meaning. By night, head down unlikely alleyways (we’ll show you which ones) for secret bars hosting parties well into the early hours. Sipping a freshly mixed cocktail from a hammock inside a bar, anyone?
Next, jump in your pre-arranged hire car and drive 30 minutes to the vividly painted beach huts of Brighton and your new home: Brighton on the Bay hotel. The clean sand and peaceful town are brilliant for total chill out. Pretty much nothing here is geared towards tourists, apart from a couple of inconspicuous boutique hotels: just the way we like it. Walk out to sea and turn back to look at the city for an awesome photo-worthy view of the city’s skyline reflected in the bay’s waters. And, just 5 minutes on foot from the sand, you’ll find Bay Street, full of charming restaurants with masses of character.
3. Stylish Sorrento
Time to hop back in the bay-mobile and head south for Sorrento, where the most stylish locals head for luxury on the shore. We’ll arrange an exclusive apartment for you (private pool included, naturally), from where you can explore the laid-back limestone town.
With bottle-nosed dolphins and pelicans as your neighbours (everybody needs good neighbours), why not take a golf lesson at one of the nearby pristine courses overlooking the water? If boating is more your thing, we’ll arrange for you to spend two days gaining your competent crew certificate on a stylish yacht in the bay. With this under your belt, you’ll be able to gybe and tack
4. Relax In Rosebud
Want to explore? Take a day trip to the peaceful town of Rosebud. As charming as its name, here you’ll find deserted beaches and the best pizza around: we just adore this little strip of unknown coast. Summit the hill Arthur’s Seat for the ultimate view of the peninsula, Port Phillip Bay and the surrounding vineyards and olive groves, before a cooling swim. On the way home, why not stop off for some wine tasting, or visit the olive press?
5. A Day Like Queen Vic In Queenscliff
And finally, cross the mouth of the bay by ferry (passing the boats headed south to Tasmania) to the 19th century town of Queenscliff. A round of golf on Swan Island is a must, or, if art is more your thing, head to Seaview gallery to see the works of over 40 local artists. Clinging to its Victorian heritage, wandering around Queenscliff is like stepping back in time. From Fort Queenscliff you can see ‘the Rip’: one of the world’s most treacherous straits of water. Rather than tackle this, we suggest hopping back on the ferry for your final night in chic Sorrento before heading to Melbourne for your flight home.
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Melbourne, Victoria’s sandy Mornington Peninsula, Limestone Town, Rosebud, Port Phillip Bay, Queenscliff, Swan Island