Free events on the scenic Mornington Peninsula
Residents of Victoria’s idyllic Mornington Peninsula (‘the Peninsula’) are the envy of their urban peers. Melbourne day trippers love the accessibility, beauty and diversity of the region. With the holiday season approaching, grab your calendar and book in some free events.
The Mornington Peninsula appeal
With the waters of Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and Westernport Bay lapping its scenic coastline the Mornington Peninsula sits proudly elevated taking in breathtaking views and fertile landscapes. It’s bountiful in natural attractions.
Located 40 kilometres south east of Melbourne, there are endless routes to the Peninsula - from a pleasurable ferry ride from the Bellarine Peninsula; a meandering drive along Port Phillip Bay or a seamless freeway run via connecting links.
Frankston, the Peninsula’s gateway, is one of the Victorian Government’s Metropolitan Sub Regions – a key part of Melbourne’s integrated economic triangle for 2050. Everything youths, families, retirees and our ageing population need to live really well, is within easy reach.
Mornington and surrounds are popular tourist destinations renowned for wineries, produce, markets, antiques and history, galleries, beautiful stretches of beaches; marinas and piers.
To find out more visit the Mornington Peninsula’s official tourism website at http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/.
Free* events to explore
Mornington Craft Market – 2nd Sunday monthly (February to June) 9am to 2pm
A rambling, impressively diverse craft market held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from February to June and located at Mornington Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Mornington. There is an additional Australia Day weekend Mornington Craft Market being held on Sunday 25 January 2015. Find out more >>
Market Day Mornington – every Wednesday 9am to 3pm
In Main Street Mornington every Wednesday, you’ll find crafts, produce, toys, clothing and more. Don’t miss the Christmas Eve market – the Jazz Festival Market - this year on Wednesday 24 December. Find out more >> or visit the Facebook page >>
Point Nepean National Park Market – Sunday 18 January 2015 9am to 2pm
Seaside at the Quarantine Station in the historic Point Nepean National Park, Portsea, this is one incredible setting for an art, craft and gourmet food market. Set aside Sunday 18 January 2015 for a great day out. Find out more >>
Red Hill Community Market – 1st Saturday monthly (September to May) 8am to 1pm
In its fourth decade, running every 1st Saturday of the month between September and May, the Red Hill Community Market is enticing. With over 300 talented stallholders offering food, handmade products and crafts, this is a gift hunter’s paradise. Find out more >>
Carols and Festivals
Mount Martha Carols by Candlelight – Tuesday 23 December 2014 7.30pm to 10.00pm
Pull up a rug on the lawn of historic Mount Martha Community House, 466 Esplanade, Mount Martha. Find out more >>
Mornington Carols in the Park – Saturday 13 December 2014 6pm to 9pm
Overlooking Mothers Beach and Mornington Yacht Club, at Mornington Park on the corner of Esplanade and Main Street Mornington, Carols in the Park is for everyone. Activities start from 6pm, with carols kicking off at 6.30pm. Find out more >>
Christmas Festival of Lights – Saturday 29 November 2014 5pm to 10pm
On the corner of Davey and Young Streets, Frankston, this is a magical family event highlighted by a tree lighting ceremony of a 100 year old Norfolk Pine Christmas tree, fireworks, free entertainment, carnival rides and children’s activities. Find out more >>
*Parking fees may be applicable
And there’s plenty more!
These are just a taste of experiences over the coming months. With wineries, art galleries, antique ‘superstores’, restaurants and cafes, beaches, beachside parks, wetland reserves and more the only way to see it all is to become a local!
Before planning your adventure, please ensure to confirm details via the official Mornington Peninsula tourism website at http://www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org/.
While you’re exploring, come and visit one of our retirement villages
On visiting the Peninsula, you’ll understand why we’ve chosen this location for two of our retirement villages. You’ll find more details by clicking on the links below: