The Mornington Peninsula is one of the most popular destinations for Melbourne families, with its access to calm beaches, family-friendly attractions and great eateries.
While the northernmost part of the region is only an hour or so from Melbourne, there are so many things to see that it’s worth making it a longer stay.
Here are my Top 25 places to go with kids on the Mornington Peninsula. Also Top 9 places to go with kids in Frankston.
This accommodation company manages several properties on the Peninsula and they specialise in family-friendly accommodation. We stayed in ‘Summer Cottage’ in Tootgarook/Rye, a spacious 3 bedroom house in a quiet residential street about 600m away from the beach.
The accommodation comes with a portacot, high chairs, a large collection of toys, a BBQ, dog kennel and heaps of room so you can actually fit in a large group or two families! It’s fully air-conditioned and heated, has a wood fire, separate laundry and two bathrooms, plus off-street parking for one car.
Approx $350 per night depending on the period of stay and number of adults/children.
I found Seaview Two Seven through Stayz and we really enjoyed our stay.
The accommodation is actually in a suburban area of Rosebud but was an easy drive to the beach, Arthurs Seat and Red Hill. The owners live upstairs but access is via a private secure entry and we couldn’t hear them and they (apparently) couldn’t hear our shrieking kids.
The unit was a 2 bedroom two level apartment and cost $210 a night. This included all linen and some milk and bread for breakfast, plus a portacot and high chair at no extra charge and even some colouring-in pencils. There was climate control in both king-size bedrooms and the main living area, handy on the really hot days.
- Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm – tempting desserts to reward you after picking your own strawberries. READ THE REVIEW.
- Green Olive at Red Hill – daytime cafe with paddock-to-plate philosophy and an in-ground trampoline! READ THE REVIEW.
- Red Hill Epicurean – stunning restaurant, cafe and produce store famous for their pizzas. READ THE REVIEW.
- Main Ridge Dairy – pat some goats and taste some goats cheese at this working dairy. READ THE REVIEW.
- Woodman Estate – old fashioned charm with luxury accommodation and spa on site plus breakfast, lunch and high tea served.
19. Frankston Library and Frankston Arts Centre – the library boasts gorgeous Alice in Wonderland murals and a spacious children’s section. FAC occasionally host family-friendly shows and school holiday workshops. READ THE REVIEW.
24. Rye Beach – community-built gated adventure playground on the foreshore.
25. Dromana Beach – popular family beach with soft sand, a pier, foreshore playground and lots of shops and eateries across the road.
26. Mornington Beach – boating pier, beach boxes and Main Street shops and playground across the road.
Reader tips: Sorrento Beach, Rosebud beach which has a new foreshore playground.