The Mornington Peninsula has a proud, diverse landscape. In just one day on the Mornington Peninsula, you could explore front and back beaches, bushland, alpine scenes and open parklands.
Check out our favourite gardens and parks for animal spotting, nature appreciation, walking tracks and picnics – you can do pretty much all these things at any one of these spots, but we’ll give you the local insight into what sets them apart.
For animal spotting
Peninsula Garden Bushland Reserve, Rosebud
You can access this rosebud reserve off Jetty road – stroll on in for an arvo of meandering through native flora. Suitable for families, the reserve is relatively easy to navigate through. The Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation group organises guided walks through this area, so jump into one of those for a good chance of spotting a koala!
Panorama Garden Estate, Boneo
For an unforgettable garden and wildlife experience, visit Panorama Garden Estate, Boneo. Lovingly crafted and tended for over 18 years and ongoing, this Wildlife Sanctuary and Secret Gardens is home to a collection of rare and wonderful animals and over 20 000 plants. Get happily lost amongst the diverse landscape at this unique and inspiring estate.
For nature appreciation:
Heronswood Garden, Dromana
Heronswood is a gardener’s haven. The first public garden to be certified organic in the country, Heronswood is home to the best plants and flowers for Australian conditions all year round. Stroll through the extensive and breathtaking gardens and marvel at vegetable gardens, fruits, flower beds, impressive trees and shrubbery and more amongst the green grass.
Stop in at the cafe to enjoy a meal made with produce fresh from the garden, and browse the nursery on your way out to head home with some new additions for your own garden.
Nobbies View Drought Tolerant Plant Display, Shoreham
These grounds are home year-round to native and sturdy plants that thrive in Aussie conditions. The land looks over the ocean from its hill-perched spot, so whether you’re a gardener novice or expert, you’ll be pleased with stunning views wherever you look. Grab something to take home from the nursery or be inspired by the elegantly curated display.
Seawinds, Arthurs Seat
A short walk from Arthurs Seat Summit, Seawinds Gardens offers some of the Peninsula’s finest views, walking tracks and diverse nature. Pack a picnic and set up at the free BBQ area for a relaxed day amongst the crisp sights and smells of beautiful flora. Take a stroll to check out the fresh landscape and stunning lookouts – keep an eye out for kangaroos!
Fingal picnic area
Fingal picnic area is a peaceful spot near Cape Schanck and just a stroll from the beach. Picnic under the shady canopy and breathe the scent of pine trees. This area leads to a looped walking circuit so you can cruise through bushland and coastal flora.
Two Bays walking track
Cruise through the winding scenery of the Mornington Peninsula from Dromana to Cape Schanck when you trek along the 26km long Two Bays Track. There are plenty of shorter sections within the Two Bays walk that can take you along beach or bush paths. If you’re after a walk, check out our other articles on the many wonderful walks of the Mornington Peninsula:
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