Australia; Beach Days

The Mornington Peninsula is southeast of Melbourne, VIC. AU and is surrounded by the Phillip Bay and the Bass Strait. It reminds us of our old stomping grounds in Door County, WI. USA. There are quant historical towns, beautiful shops, restaurants and lovely vineyards. One of our favorite vineyards, Hickinbotham winery sits on the Mornington Peninsula in Dromona. They have one of the best Pinot’s we’ve every tried. The shopping is fun, with cute little mom and pop stores, offering local art and crafts. And, this visit we noticed a number of Op Shops had opened along the peninsula. Op Shops are thrift stores. This was good news for us as we love thrifting and are self-proclaimed “Treasure hunters.”

The real reason to go to the peninsula however is not the shopping, wine or old towns, for us it’s the beaches. Having the opportunity to stay in the peninsula has become a beautiful respite for us. The beaches are wonderful. They aren’t over crowded, offer much scenery with coves and trees in the back line. It is here that we find solace. Our favorite spots are the local beach in Mornington at Mills Beach and we always hit at least one surf day at Gunnamatta. There is something healing and refreshing about the sand and the surf.  Special thanks to Auntie Val and Uncle Michael for their hospitality and generosity. We can’t wait to come back for a visit!


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Jana Holland

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