‘The Mornington Peninsula Walk’ an hour south of Melbourne, is a 100km trail traversing a diverse range of spectacular walking landscapes. Mostly known for its splendid beaches and wines, the Peninsula’s best-kept secret is its magnificent State and National Parks. On our superb 3-day Pack Free walk we showcase the best walking sections of the 100km trail, exploring stretches of stunning forest and ferny glens, magnificent coastal scenery and the cliffs of Cape Schanck with its imposing lighthouse. Add to this one of Victoria’s award-winning hotels, the region’s famous wineries, as well as mouth-watering regional cuisine and you have an unforgettable walking experience.
A Pack Free Walking Tour
Pack Free walk is our speciality. All across Australia, our walking tours are specially designed so you can walk with as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch, whilst we take care of your clothes and overnight luggage. Gone are the days of carrying the burden of a heavy pack, when you walk with us you can truly spend your time appreciating the beauty of the landscapes you are walking through.
2 nights luxury at the stunning Jackalope Hotel
Our guests will indulge in two nights at the luxurious and sophisticated Jackalope Hotel. This unique hotel set amongst vineyard hills perfectly blends art and hospitality to create a unique hotel experience like no other. Lounge areas are lavishly decorated with impossible to miss art installations as well as superb designer furnishings.
Local Produce at Award-winning Restaurants
Your evening meals will be an absolute highlight of your tour with dinners in the Rare Hare restaurant. From the moment you enter the stunning Rare Hare Restaurant, you know this will be a dining extravaganza like nothing you have ever experienced. With a ceiling lit by ten thousand light bulbs mimicking wine fermentation bubbles, set against striking black interiors, this is truly a stunning setting to dine. Guests will enjoy an ever-evolving five-course tasting menu drawing on seasonal offerings from the best Mornington Peninsula producers.
Our Wow Factor
Our wow factors on this tour are not only our stunning hotel but experiencing the local food and wine that make this region famous. Guests will indulge in an after walk wine tasting stop at beautiful Stonier’s Winery, where you can sample their superb range of wines on day 1. Whilst on night 2 you will be delighted by the stunning meal at Rare Hare. Day 3 we finish our walk with a celebration beachside lunch at the iconic Baths Restaurant in Sorrento, offering spectacular water views. With so much sensational food and wine on offer your tastebuds will be having a holiday of their own.
You can have peace of mind that our walking tours are genuinely all-inclusive. From your evening meals perfectly matched with regional wines to your superb accommodation and transfers from Melbourne, you will be delighted by the quality and inclusions of your tour. We won’t even ask you to pay credit card fees when you book with us, the price listed is the final tour price.
Our guides are proudly 100% Victorian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guides have grown up walking the trails of Victoria, their wealth of knowledge and wonderful personalities, as well as expertise, ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate with a maximum group size of 10 people.
Meet your guide at 7.30am at The Grand Chancellor Hotel Melbourne for transfers to the Mornington Peninsula. Today our walk starts at the picturesque inland village of Red Hill and meanders past undulating countryside, pretty vineyards and tall forests of pine trees dotted with bright red toadstools. Stunning views over Western Port to Phillip Island can be seen along the way as well as pretty rural views. This walk has a distinct local feel and you can often see horses along the track. After our walk its time to sample some of the regional wines this area is famous for. We head to charming Stonier Winery, home to some of Australia’s finest cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines to enjoy wine tasting. It’s then on to our luxurious accommodation for the next two nights, the superb Jackalope Hotel. Set amongst the hills of the winery, enjoy time to relax or take a swim in the infinity pool before enjoying dinner at the charming Rare Hare Restaurant accompanied with wines from the vineyard.
After a hearty breakfast, we depart our hotel for our walk. Today’s walk takes us from Bushrangers Bay to Pulpit Rock and the basalt cliffs of Cape Schanck. During the walk, you will be able to enjoy stunning views over the sea and rocky bays. You can admire the sea sculpturing effect of the salty wind, which trims the cliff face vegetation, and the landscape created by a lava flow about 60 million years ago. Walk through the banksia forest and try out your bird calls to mimic the local birds. You may even be lucky enough to spot wallabies or kangaroos along the way. After lunch at Cape Schanck Lighthouse, you will be transported to Koonya Ocean Beach, which is the beginning of the afternoon walk. Take in spectacular coastal scenery as you meander along the beach before ascending to the cliff tops before making our way to Sorrento Ocean Beach. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner at the sensational Doot Doot Doot restaurant, one of the finest local restaurants of the region. The restaurant’s master chef creates luxurious dishes utilising excellent regional produce, perfectly matched with wines from the vineyard.
Enjoy breakfast in the restaurant before farewelling our hotel. On our final day, we explore Point Nepean National Park. Discover gorgeous natural scenery as well as the rich history of the area as you meander past the almost forgotten Police Point; Quarantine Station; the cattle jetty, the shipwreck of ‘The Cheviot’. After Point Nepean, we will be transported to our next walk from Portsea to Sorrento along the Artists trail. During this walk, you will experience breathtaking views along the beaches and coastline expanding across the water to the Bellarine Peninsula, a contrast to the rugged splendour of the Bass Strait and the ocean beach side we have already encountered on the peninsula. As we continue along the trail see reproductions of paintings created by many famous artists of the past, who have come here to paint the spectacular landscapes before you. Meander past colourful boatsheds before arriving for a celebratory lunch at The Baths, an iconic beachside restaurant in Sorrento with spectacular views After lunch we make the return journey back to Melbourne, the end of a wonderful journey.
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Private groups of 10 -12 people can save $50 per person off Normal Prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Or enjoy a $200 savings if you book and pay in full at time of booking. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details. See notes about room restrictions at our accommodation on the 'Your Nights page'.
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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only” at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.
EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking.
We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.