8 Best Mornington Peninsula Tours From Melbourne


Are you looking for the best Mornington Peninsula tours from Melbourne? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

I’ve lived in Melbourne from nearly five years and have spent my time living like a local but exploring like a tourist, and Mornington Peninsula is one of my favourite places in the state.

Whether it’s a tasting some beautiful Aussie wine at Mornington Peninsula’s best wineries or realising at the famous hot springs, this list has got you completely covered.

So let’s go exploring…

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The Reeves have lived for over 5 years in Melbourne, with little Gracie being born here. We have travelled extensively, picking up lots of tips about how to make the most of this incredible country.
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1. Mornington Peninsula Sightseeing and Bay Cruise

⭐ 4.5 out of 5

The Mornington Peninsula Sightseeing and Bay Cruise is a great place to start if you want a ‘greatest hits’ tour of Mornington Peninsula.

This tour picks up from four locations in Melbourne CBD before heading right down to Portsea for a view of the iconic London Bridge rock formation, before a two-hour ferry tour of the beautiful bay, where there is a chance to see wildlife such as dolphins.

Once back on dry land, you’ll drop into St Andrews Beach Brewery, before heading up the cable cars to the highest point on the Peninsula, Arthur’s Seat.

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The bathing boxes at Mount Eliza

On the way back you’ll stop at one of my favourite places in the area, Mount Eliza where you’ll get to see some of the traditional Mornington Peninsula bathing boxes.

Further Info:

-> 9 hour (approx.)
-> Pickup from 4 locations in Melbourne CBD
-> Book online
-> Hamper lunch
-> Includes cost of admission for ferry tour, brewery and Arthur’s Seat

Book your Mornington Peninsula Tour now!

2. Half-Day Trip to Peninsula Hot Springs

⭐ 4.7 out of 5

The Peninsula Hot Springs are one of the biggest highlights of the Mornington Peninsula. These award-winning springs have been open since 1997 and have over 70 different bathing experiences, based on the founder’s obsession with hot springs after travelling through Japan.

Around 90 minutes from central Melbourne, this is one of the best luxury destinations in Victoria, but this tour as a less than luxury price point, so you can make the most of the geothermal water’s healing properties.

Mrs Sabbatical Guide has visited more than once and puts this high up her list of favourite places to visit with her girls when she has a long weekend free,

Further Info:

-> 3 hours at the hot springs spa
-> Meet outside the Regent Theatre on Collins Street, Melbourne
-> Book online and skip the queues on the day

Book your Hot Springs Tour now!

3. Mornington Peninsula Food and Wine Taste Trail

⭐ 5 out of 5

If you want to visit the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s fair to say this tour knows what it’s doing.

In fact, according to this list it will take you to the two best in the region Point Leo and Montalto as well as visiting Rare Hare Wine & Food Store which is also on nearly every top ten list.

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The view from the top of Arthur’s Seat

As well as three wineries (and a pizzeria lunch at Montalto) you will also head to a brewery, take the cable cars to see the panoramic views from the top of Arthur’s Seat and visit some of the Peninsula’s beautiful beaches.

That’s quite a day!

Further Info:

-> 9 hour 30 min tour
-> Pickup from four locations in Melbourne CBD including some hotels
-> Lunch and all entry fees included

Book your Food & Wine Tour now!

4. Mornington Peninsula Small-Group Wine Tour

⭐ 4.5 out of 5

Whilst it has very stiff competition from the nearby Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula is considered to be amongst the top eight wine growing regions in Australia, so if you’re a wine lover and visiting Melbourne, you’ve simply got to get out here for a day,

We’ve completed wine tours in many parts of the world (including a memorable one in Cape Town which saw us swigging wine from the bottle on the bus home, but that’s a story for another day) and know that going with a smaller group is much better. People move (and drink) at different paces, so when you’re with a big group it can be frustrating, so a small-group tour like this one is the perfect solution.

Visit four or five of the best wineries on the Mornington Peninsula and including both morning tea and lunch, this is the perfect way to discover some the best vineyards and cellar doors that Victoria has to offer.

Further Info:

-> 8 hour tour
-> A maximum of seven people
-> Pickup directly from the hotel (so no driving needed!)
-> Two-course lunch and morning tea included
-> Four or five wineries visited

Book your Winery Tour now!

5. Private Wine Tasting Tour in Morning Peninsula with Lunch

⭐ 5 out of 5

If you’re looking for an even more exclusive wine trip to the Mornington Peninsula, then this private tour might be exactly what you’re looking for. Set for a minimum for five and a maximum of eleven people, this is a great way to experience the vineyards or Mornington with your own group.

This tour stops at four vineyards – Quealy Winemakers, Port Philip Estate and Kooyong Wines, Old Apple Shed and Kerri Greens Winery.

This tour gets some brilliant reviews – I’ll let one of them do the convincing for me:

“I would definitely recommend Coco’s tour! We had a great day away, enjoying with friends visiting and learning not just about wine but rum. All so well organised that we didn’t have to think about anything. Comfortable car, nice choice of places, variety in tasting and such a great guide tour :)”

Further Info:

-> 7 hour tour
-> Private tour, but minimum of 5 people needed
-> Pickup is from Windsor Station in Melbourne (4 stops from Flinders Street)
-> Lunch included
-> Experienced tour company, specialists in wine tours

Book your Private Winery Tour now!

6. Mornington Peninsula Hots Springs, Winery & Sightseeing Tour

⭐ 5 out of 5

If you want to cover all bases with your Mornington Peninsula tour then this one will do it. A private tour that can be customised and booked for two or more people.

It covers the best of the Peninsula, included time at three wineries (Polperro, Paringa and Red Hill) as well as an afternoon at the famous hot springs, this tour is the perfect romantic day out from Melbourne.

There are examples in the reviews of this tour being customised to suit the individual’s booking, so reach out to the tour provider if you have somewhere specific on the peninsula you want to visit.

Further Info:

-> 9 hour tour
-> Private tour, minimum of 2 people, perfect for couples
-> Pickup is from select hotels in Melbourne (enter when booking)
-> Lunch included
-> Fees for all wineries, lunch and entry to the hot springs included

Book your Mornington Tour now!

7. Mornington Peninsula – Australian Animals, Wine Tasting and Lunch

⭐ Not Yet Rated

This tour is aimed at people coming in to Melbourne on cruise ships, but I included it because it visits one of the best places on the peninsula – Moonlit Sanctuary. My family have been here a few times and have loved it. It is dedicated to Australian animals, so if you’re only in Melbourne a few days and wanted to see some of the famous Aussie animals, then this tour would be perfect.

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One of the koalas we saw at Moonlit Sanctuary

It picks up from Port Melbourne, which is easy to get to on the tram network from Melbourne CBD, but if you make contact with the tour company, it looks like they are able to arrange pick up from another location (it states port or hotel pickup in the details).

It also includes some time looking at the sights of Melbourne, including a boat trip on the Yarra River and a stop off at Merricks General Store winery for lunch.

Further Info:

-> 7 hour tour
-> Lunch included
-> Admission tickets to Moonlit Sanctuary, boat tour and Derricks General Store included

Book your Mornington Tour now!

8. Mornington Peninsula – Fly, Hike and Hot Springs Tour

⭐ 4.9 out of 5

This tour is unlike any other on this list, as it includes a hike, not something you often find on tours.

After collection and a drive to the Peninsula, it starts off with a trip up Arthur’s Seat cable cars (pictured in the heading of this post) where you’ll get amazing views across Port Philip Bay and back to Melbourne (if the weather’s clear).

bushranger bay

Then it’s down to the southernmost point of the peninsula, where you’ll complete a 5km hike around Bushranger Bay, ending up at Cape Schanck lighthouse, dressed in its red and white paint and looking about as stereotypical as a lighthouse can look. I’ve done the Bushranger Bay walk myself, and it is stunning, the photo above is from near Pulpit Rock. Check out my full piece about Pulpit Rock and Cape Schanck Lighthouse if you want more details.

Once you’ve stretched your legs a little, it’s then time to relax with a couple of hours at the Peninsula Hot Springs, the perfect way to end the day.

Further Info:

-> 8 hour tour
-> Lunch included, as are healthy snacks and tea and coffee for the journey
-> Admission to Peninsula Hots Springs and Mornington National Park included
-> Towels provided for the hot springs
-> Pickup on St Kilda Road around 200m from Flinders Street Station

Book your Mornington Hiking Tour now!

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AUTHOR – BEN REEVE

Reeves Roam, is a first-hand travel blog. The Reeves have lived in the UK, South Africa and Australia and have travelled extensively in Europe and Southeast Asia.

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