Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula is one of Victoria’s major coastlines of discovery for the boating community, within an hour from Melbourne, fronting both Port Phillip and Western Port Bays, it is one of the most spectacular coastlines in Australia.

The Mornington Peninsula also retains a special place in the history of Australia and can be experienced by visitors to small museums and signature locations, such as Cape Schanck’s 1850s lighthouse or Point Nepean’s historic military installations. 

Starting from the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula at the City of Frankston, there are numerous access points for launching boats, safe areas to tie up at piers and lots of safe beaches just to pull ashore both in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays.

Boating, fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins
Come on, dive in the deep end. Try something you’ve never done before, like learning to scuba dive or swimming with dolphins and you’ll find an amazing underwater world that really does rival Australia’s northern coast for its incredible colour and marine life.

The night life is pretty spectacular too…grab an underwater torch and snorkel along the Octopuses’ Garden Trail at Rye Pier and meet curious little sea dragons.  You can also go surfing, sailing or stand up paddle boarding, or just cast a lazy fishing line from a pier or your boat.

Sandcastles, carnivals and other events
For visitors who love great events Frankston’s famous sand sculptures and sandcastles create a giant fantasy land. There are traditional summer carnivals for kids at Rosebud and Rye, opera and high tea for grownups and weekly markets for everyone. If you’re into food and wine, be warned: your cup (and plate) will runneth over with wine and
food dinners, cooking classes, foraging and gourmet events.

Art galleries, museums, history and culture
If art and music feed your soul, check out the art exhibitions, music, dance and theatre, especially at Frankston Arts Centre. It’s art in action on the Mornington Peninsula! Drop in on glass blowers as they create brilliant glass art, call into artists’ studios or buy at fabulous art galleries. There’s art in the great outdoors too, so why not picnic in a sculpture park or amid the spectacular coastal scenery of an art trail.

Shopping can soothe the mind, calm the soul
Weekend and mid-week markets are great places to connect with local food producers, artists and crafts people.  Farm shops and artisan retailers give you a real taste of the range of food and wine.

Visit for all local events.

Boat Ramps and Access:

Mornington Peninsula Shire:
There are six boat ramps managed by the Mornington Peninsula Shire:

  • Mornington (two ramps), Schnapper Point (Schnapper Point Drive)
  • Fishermans Beach (Opposite 716 Esplanade)
  • Safety Beach – Marine Drive (between Victoria and Tonkin Street)
  • Rye – Jetty Launching Ramp (entry access between Dundas Street and Elgan Avenue off Point Nepean Road)
  • Sorrento – St Aubins Way (off Point Nepean Road)
  • Hastings – Marine Parade

Full details can be found online at:

Frankston City Council:
There are two boat ramps managed by Frankston City Council:

  • Olivers Hill (600n Nepean Highway)
  • Kananook Creek (Frankston Foreshore, 1n Pier Promenade)

Details can be found online at:


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