Spanning from Frankston to Point Nepean, the peninsula encapsulates many diverse regions, all of which feature a unique and rich culture. Be seduced by the heady mix of fabulous wineries, wine, food, art galleries and magnificent parks and gardens.
If you’re planning an informal beach wedding or garden tea, a ceremony on a windswept cliff or beneath the secluded canopy of the bush, you’re sure to fi nd the perfect venue here. The Mornington Peninsula, only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, seems a whole world away. It has an air that’s reminiscent of the Mediterranean, with vineyards and olive groves, historic country house retreats and intimate hotels.
Quite a number of Melbourne’s chefs have discovered the joys of living and cooking on the Peninsula. They use organic vegetables, aged meats, fruits (from cherries and bio-dynamic apples to blueberries and quinces), olive oil, seafood, preserves, local cheese and freshly roasted coffee, so for the gastronomically inclined this picturesque span of the coast could be the ideal location.
Another point to ponder is the opportunity for amazing photographs. Your wedding photos will capture the ambience of the occasion; from a backdrop of rustic vines to the clean shores and piers in Portsea. A wedding at the Peninsula would certainly be a day to remember.
Travel time from Melbourne: One hour.
Location: Eastern side of Port Phillip Bay.
Prominent townships: Rye, Sorrento, Portsea and Red Hill.
Natrual features: Pristine beaches and sparkling bays contrast with the wild ocean coastline of dramatic rugged cliffs and the lush, green hinterland.
Wedding hotspots: Beachside restaurants, vineyards and manor homes are the venues du jour of the area.
Climate: The region enjoys a similar climate to that of Melbourne, with hot summers and cool winters.
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