family friendly mornington peninsula

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.

STAY:

  1. Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats

ocean blue coastal retreats

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.

  1. Seaview Two Seven

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.

 

EAT:

  1. T’Gallant – winery, cellar door and casual dining with pizzas. READ THE REVIEW.

tgallant

  1. Johnny Ripe – small bakery cafe famous for their apple pies and pastries. READ THE REVIEW.

johnny ripe

  1. Flinders Hotel – Excellent award-winning kid-friendly gastropub. READ THE REVIEW.

flinders hotel

  1. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm – tempting desserts to reward you after picking your own strawberries. READ THE REVIEW.

sunny ridge

  1. Green Olive at Red Hill – daytime cafe with paddock-to-plate philosophy and an in-ground trampoline! READ THE REVIEW.

green olive red hill

  1. Red Hill Epicurean – stunning restaurant, cafe and produce store famous for their pizzas. READ THE REVIEW.

red hill epicurean

  1. Main Ridge Dairy – pat some goats and taste some goats cheese at this working dairy. READ THE REVIEW.

Main Ridge Dairy

  1. Woodman Estate –  old fashioned charm with luxury accommodation and spa on site plus breakfast, lunch and high tea served.

Woodman Estate

  1. Eeny Meeny – best food and coffee in Frankston’s CBD. READ THE REVIEW.

Eeny Meeny, 96 Young St, Frankston

12. The Hungry Peacock – the best child-friendly cafe in the area with so many play zones and even messy play. READ THE REVIEW.

Hungry Peacock

Reader tips: Stillwater at Crittenden, Whispering Vines cafe and Montalto Piazza cafe.

 

PLAY:

13. The Messy Shed – messy play sessions and adjoining play centre in Mornington. Full review.

The Messy Shed

14. Dinosaur World – roaring good fun with animatronic dinos. Full review. 

Dinosaur World

15. Moonlit Sanctuary – get up close to Australian animals in a bushland setting. READ THE REVIEW.

Moonlit Sanctuary Pearcedale - 1

16. Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery – small regional gallery with touring exhibitions and regular children’s singing and art sessions. READ THE REVIEW.

lynley dodd exhibition

17. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park – stunning outdoor sculpture park with mainly Australian works in a bushland setting. READ THE REVIEW.

McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

18. Enchanted Adventure Garden – lovely garden-based theme park with mazes, puzzles, tube slides and tree surfing. READ THE REVIEW.

enchanted adventure garden

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.

Frankston Library

20. Jubilee Park Frankston – park with sand and sea theme. READ THE REVIEW.

Jubilee Park playground, Hillcrest Road, Frankston

21. Peninsula Hot Springs – relax in natural thermal pools and there’s even a family bathing area. READ THE REVIEW.

Peninsula Hot Springs Mornington Peninsula

22. Ballam Park – double the fun with two regional playgrounds, skate park, parkour equipment, multi-use court and BBQ/picnic facilities. Full review. 

ballam Park

FAVOURITE BEACHES:

23. Frankston Beach – historic pier, excellent adventure playground and annual Sand Sculpting exhibition every year. READ THE REVIEW. 

Frankston Beach playground - 1

24. Rye Beach – community-built gated adventure playground on the foreshore.

Rye's Up Community Playground

25. Dromana Beach – popular family beach with soft sand, a pier, foreshore playground and lots of shops and eateries across the road.

Dromana Beach

26. Mornington Beach – boating pier, beach boxes and Main Street shops and playground across the road.

Mornington Beach

Reader tips: Sorrento Beach, Rosebud beach which has a new foreshore playground.


Where are your favourite places to stay, eat and play in the Mornington Peninsula?

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