Area Info for your upcoming McCrae Holiday
Longing for a holiday? Head to McCrae on the Mornington Peninsula for luxurious beachfront accommodation from Go Coastal.
McCrae is a coastal village, around 60 km south of Melbourne CBD, on the beautiful shorelines of Port Phillip Bay in Vic. McCrae lies between the suburbs of Dromana and Rosebud at the foot of Arthurs Seat. The McCrae Beach foreshore boasts a beautiful, long white sandy strip with safe, shallow swimming, a supermarket, cafes, and restaurants opposite the beach.
McCrae Holiday Accommodation Information
There’s something for everyone in McCrae, from beach activities to sightseeing, wine tasting, bushwalks to Arthurs Seat, and discovering the area’s rich history.
You can explore the stunning coastline, experience wine tasting, or just relax in your luxury holiday accommodation away from the nightlife to rest your body and mind.
After a day of exploring, come home to the comfort of your luxurious Mornington Peninsula holiday accommodation in McCrae.
The McCrae Area
McCrae is a small coastal village on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. It is located between Dromana and Rosebud, at the foot of Arthurs Seat. The town is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches, safe swimming, and relaxed atmosphere. For anyone who loves history, a beautiful beach atmosphere and charming eateries, you will find a perfect holiday spot in McCrae, which is also only minutes from bigger travel hubs like Sorrento.
McCrae Beach – McCrae Beach is regarded as one of Port Phillip Bay shore’s most stunning, with many safe yet uncrowded spots for an afternoon dip or to bask in the sun. The waters are tranquil and smooth due to the position of the bay along the Peninsula, so it’s probably not the best for surfing. But as for relaxation and family fun, you won’t find better anywhere.
McCrae Yacht Club – McCrae is an excellent place for a sailing adventure, and the McCrae Yacht Club is the palace to start. The club has been an important part of the community since the 1960s, hosting social activities, regattas, sailing programs, and championships at state, national and international levels.
McCrae Eastern Lighthouse – You can’t visit McCrea without taking a tour of the historic McCrae Eastern Lighthouse, one of the most awe-inspiring structures along Port Phillip Bay. In 1874, the steel edifice was made in England and shipped to McCrae in 1883 where it was erected. At 33.5 metres, the lighthouse is the largest construction on mainland Victoria, featuring holophotal, dioptric and catadioptric lens systems. The lighthouse guided sailors from Melbourne along Port Phillip Bay for many years and is now on the Victorian Historic Buildings Register.
Arthurs Seat Eagle – The Eagle is an aerial gondola that take you to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula above the treetops for a breathtaking view of the Australian landscape. You can see across Port Phillip Bay, to the Melbourne city skyline and beyond as you soar 314 metres above sea level to the Arthurs Seat summit. There are plenty of options for dining at the Eagle Café and the Base Station offers a great spot for a quick snack or cold drink to go.
Arthurs Seat State Park – If you’re an avid hiker and want some exercise and great photographs, head to Arthurs Seat State Park and climb to the 344-metre summit. There’s 24-hour access to the park, so for a romantic evening you can enjoy a sunset dinner.
McCrae Homestead – History buffs love to wander through the beautiful McCrae Homestead where the lives of those who lived in the house from 1851 to 1925 are chronicled. Two families lived in the homestead, the McCraes and the Burrells, both helping to develop the area into the coastal paradise visitors can enjoy today. In 1970, the National Trust bought the property from a great-great-grandsons of the McCrae family.
Food and Drink in McCrae
McCrea offers some fabulous places to enjoy a meal from wining and fine dining, to a simple plate of fish and chips. Here are some options:
- Pavilion: Looking for a restaurant with a mix of sophistication and maritime atmosphere? The Pavilion, opposite the lighthouse and beach, specialises in luxury cuisine and craft cocktails. Feast on roast chicken, barracuda, and gnocchi, or calamari, terrine, snapper or veal.
- The Lighthouse Cafe: Here you can choose from coconut rice, tamarind prawns, red curry and panang creations. There’s a corkage fee, but the food and joyful atmosphere is worth it.
- Altonero Greek Restaurant: The inspiration for this restaurant opposite the foreshore and lighthouse was a passion for Greek food and a love affair with Santorini. Here you’ll find a taste of the Greek Islands without the cost of an airfare. The menu has Greek favourites including both traditional and modern dishes.
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Send us an email or give us a call any day of the week. The staff at Go Coastal are locals with a wealth of knowledge to help provide guests with a fantastic beach holiday. See our Go Coastal Like a Local articles here for tips about the many activities and attractions to enjoy on your visit to this magnificent coastal area.