Take a (very) extended holiday on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Take a (very) extended holiday on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Take a (very) extended holiday on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula

Marianne Faithful sang about Lucy Jordan - a woman coming to the realisation that ‘she'd never ride through Paris in a sports car, with the warm wind in her hair.’ Is this a ballad you feel you can relate to?

Well, your fantasy of retirement in the French Riviera might be fading like a spray on tan, but fear not, for we have a secret for you….

You can live the retirement of your dreams right here in Victoria, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Read on to discover why the Mornington Peninsula is the perfect place to enjoy your senior years.

RCA village location spotlight: Mornington Peninsula

Lovely location

Located to the south-east of the city, the journey from Melbourne’s CBD to the Mornington Peninsula outside of peak hour - takes around one hour.

Those travelling to the Peninsula on Eastlink can enjoy the eclectic mix of roadside artwork, including Emily Floyd's giant bird and Callum Morton's high-rise hotel.

Terrific transport

The Mornington Peninsula is also well serviced with public transport – buses and trains. In fact, right now (2018), the Frankston Train Station is undergoing a complete redevelopment and will boast one of the most contemporary public transport hubs in Melbourne.

Your family and friends can visit by catching a train from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne to Frankston Station, then boarding bus number 788 from Frankston station to towns alongside Port Phillip Bay.

You can easily travel from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport to Frankston, Mornington and Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula on the regular airport bus.

You can even play spot the dolphins on the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry. The grandkids would just love that!

Beautiful beaches and walking trails

The Mornington Peninsula boasts 14 bay beaches, and 5 ocean beaches. That means you can surf the rugged ocean waves of Bass Strait at dawn, and paddle in the shallows of a calm sandy inlet with the grandchildren at dusk. Or for those that prefer to appreciate water views, you can plan to take inspiring late afternoon or early morning walks along beautifully maintained walking paths right across the Mornington Peninsula. You can choose a 100 kilometre trail walk challenge, or a short stroll – the options are many. Mornington Peninsula Shire Council hosts a full website page dedicated to local Mornington Peninsula walking tracks – take a look and plan a day trip soon.

Gorgeous golf courses

There are 15 golf clubs and 20 outstanding golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula. Famous for their spectacular coastal views and world-class design, 3 of the Peninsula’s courses are listed in Australia’s top 10, and another 6 are included in the top 100. The Peninsula truly is a golfer’s paradise.

Mornington Peninsula is a food lovers’ fantasy

The abundance of high quality locally sourced produce including mussels, whiting, beef, artisan cheeses and handpicked berries, has attracted top city chefs to the Mornington Peninsula. The culinary experiences waiting to be enjoyed are numerous. From elegant dining rooms to the decks and terraces of local cafes the menus are adventurous and creative. Visit cellar doors, artisan retailers and market stalls on the farmgate trail for delectable delights. Check out this Mornington Peninsula Wine Food Farmgate trail map.

Stunning spas on the Mornington Peninsula

Victoria's only naturally heated geothermal springs are located on the Mornington Peninsula. The combination of the pure sea air and the healing mineral spring water can work wonders for inflammatory conditions, including arthritis.

Become a regular at the Peninsula Hot Springs and take advantage of their weekday discounts for Seniors.

Winning Mornington Peninsula wines, craft beers and spirits

The Mornington Peninsula has garnered acclaim for award winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The craft breweries, cider makers and distilleries also offer visitors exciting new taste sensations to explore.

Stylish shopping

Home to major supermarket and department stores, the Bayside Shopping Centre at Frankston is the largest shopping precinct on the Mornington Peninsula. On a smaller scale, but still offering a wide range of supermarkets and department stores, is the Mornington Central shopping centre. Further down ‘the Peninsula’ is Balnarring Village Shopping Centre which is bustling with major grocers as well as local produce, art, restaurants, cafes and gifts.  

Strip shopping for everything from groceries to gifts to designer fashion is available in the villages of Mornington, Mount Eliza and Mount Martha. Further down the pointy end are the gorgeous boutique villages of Flinders, Sorrento and Portsea – highly desirable destinations for many Melbourne visitors.

Caring communities

Become involved in the caring communities of the Mornington Peninsula and join a program at one of the many vibrant community centres. The Benton Square Community Centre welcomes everyone to enjoy classes and activities for all age groups and will help you to get the most out of life on the Peninsula.

Galleries galore

There are galleries of all sizes on the Mornington Peninsula. You can get lost in the magic of a large-scale sculpture garden, view collections of national significance or watch an artist working in their studio. You can also explore your own artistic talents by enrolling in a pottery, painting or glass blowing class. Who knows what you’ll create in your retirement!

World-class health and wellbeing

There are plans for a significant expansion of Frankston Hospital. Construction on this world-class health and education precinct is due to commence in mid-2019. This facility will provide premium health services to residents of the Mornington Peninsula.

In Mornington, there is The Bays Hospital, Beleura Private Hospital and Rosebud Hospital as well as many bustling medical and specialists centres.

On the wellbeing front, sporting clubs, gymnasiums, recreation centres, naturopaths and other wellbeing specialists are concentrated throughout Frankston, Mornington, Mount Eliza and Mount Martha.

What would you like to do on the Mornington Peninsula? If you had to choose a favourite Mornington Peninsula moment, what would it be?

RCA Villages on the Mornington Peninsula

Beleura Village Mornington

Martha Cove Village

Don’t be bereft like Lucy Jordan

For those that were inspired by the early reference to Marianne Faithful, enjoy a listen - Link to Marianne Faithful’s A Ballad to Lucy Jordan.

Image: Content Services Melbourne

By Lyndal Phillips | Content Services Melbourne

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a move to a modern retirement village around Melbourne. Booking a tour at one of the RCA Villages around Melbourne can be a great place to start. Visit the website of the village in the region you would like to visit for contact details.

South East Melbourne



Mornington Peninsula




Western Melbourne



Ask about RCA Villages no deposit reservation process on new villas.

The Australian Cottage Garden

The Australian Cottage Garden

FAQs: Are meals provided in a retirement village?

FAQs: Are meals provided in a retirement village?