Mornington Peninsula

Three things you need to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids

The Mornington Peninsula is one of Melbourne’s favourite getaways luring weekenders and day-trippers alike with it’s beautiful beaches, food and wine offerings and country air.  We can never get enough of the Pen and are yet to run out of things to do when we visit.

Peninsula Hot Springs
Springs Lane FINGAL, open all year 7.30am – 10pm
Let’s get something clear – I am not the sort of person who normally enjoys a spa.  On the whole, I avoid them – especially public ones.  So it may surprise you that I can not rave enough about how I love the Peninsula Hot Springs.  With 20-something hot pools to visit, dotted around a beautiful bush setting and inspired by Japanese landscaping – the Springs is not only good for your soul it’s a visual delight.  Even children are affected by its charm and mineral powers, seeming calmer when they leave.  I cannot guarantee they won’t splash other bathers in their enthusiasm to enter the water, nor will they lose their need to visit a bathroom or eat food every 20 minutes – but on the whole, you might be pleasantly surprised at how they embrace the spa experience.  Just be warned, the Hot Springs are addictive.

Tree Surfing at the Enchanted Adventure Garden
55 Purves Road ARTHURS SEAT, open 9.30am – 4.30pm during school holidays, check the website for other times
The Tree Surfing course caters for both little and big kids alike and it has the added bonus of being located within the Enchanted Adventure Garden.  With entry to the Garden included with your Tree Surfing this means you are in for a big day out.  I have lost track of how many times we have been to the Enchanted Adventure Garden – but the kids never tire of it.  Be sure to pace yourself as there are plenty of mazes to lose yourself in as well as the favourite Tube Slides.

The beach
There are so many great beaches on the Peninsula – from the calmer family-friendly bayside beaches to the dramatic ocean beaches.  I love a beach walk in any season. I have one child who will venture into the water whatever the temperature and so this year he got a winter wetsuit which has meant winter beach visits are now an option for us (without the issue of wet sandy clothes, frostbite, or pneumonia).  Bay beaches are wonderful for paddling in the shallows, exploring rock pools, and building sandcastles.

Other things we love to do on the Pen:

This post was written so we could take part in the Kidspot Voices of 2015 #ShareAustralia competition.  There is nothing we love more than sharing the places we love!