Best Things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with Kids
Planning to visit the Mornington Peninsula with kids? There are plenty of family friendly activities on the Mornington Peninsula that you will be spoiled with choice. Whether you are heading down for a day trip or even a weekend getaway from Melbourne, find below some of our favourite Mornington Peninsula activities and things to see and do for the whole family.
Mornington Peninsula with Kids
Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is just 90 minutes from Melbourne. It is not only one of the most popular destinations for families in Melbourne but also tourists visiting the city.
Famous for its beautiful beaches, and relaxed lifestyle, the Mornington peninsula is also known for its many family attractions and kids’ activities.
Head down the South coast on a day trip from Melbourne, or stay the weekend if you can to make the most of it. Whether you want to relax on the beach, go on a hike, or get up close to some wildlife, there are plenty of things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids.
10 Fun Things to do Mornington Peninsula with Kids
Find below the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with Kids.
1. Arthur’s Seat Eagle
One of the best things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids is to take a ride on Arthurs Seat Eagle. Located at the base of Dromana, you slowly glide up on a gondola through the treetops to the summit of Arthur’s Seat, where you will find the most beautiful views of Port Phillip Bay.
At the top you can grab a coffee and snack at the Eagle Café, and either take a walk around the various tracks up the top, or just sit and enjoy the panoramic views at the lookout.
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2. Enchanted Adventure Garden
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most popular attractions for families who love adventure.
Nestled among the most beautiful gardens at the peak of Arthur’s Seat, you can find a grand hedge maze ready for exploring. There is a kids obstacle course, mountain tube slides and a canopy walk. For those who dare, you can also go tree surfing which has a range of elevations and physical challenges.
3. Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Park
Get up close to some Australian wildlife at the Moonlit Sanctuary Park where more than 70 Australian species are waiting to meet you. Feed the kangaroos and wallabies, or enjoy one of their animal encounters with the koalas, dingos pythons, and other animals.
Bring a picnic, or hire a BBQ to cook your own food. You can also visit the Wetlands Café which has meal options and stacks too.
4. Peninsula Hot Springs
One of the most well known things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids or without is to visit the relaxing Peninsula Hot Springs. Inspired by bathing cultures and hot springs around the world and hidden among a bushland setting along the coast in Finegal, you can relax and unwind with the day spa, and various wellness retreats, reaping the benefits of the natural waters and minerals from the hot springs 639 metres below the ground.
You can visit the Hot Springs with the whole family, in fact the Bath House has barrel pools for toddlers and even baby pools. There are family change rooms and an onsite café serving meals, and drinks all day.
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5. Dinosaur World
If you have a dinosaur lover, they will love the Dinosaur Park in Somerville which brings dinosaurs to life. It is a small park so you only need a few hours. But it will be worth it to see your little one’s face when they spot the lifelike dinosaurs around the park, and get to go digging for their own fossils.
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6. Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
If you are on the Mornington Peninsula, make sure to stop in at the Mornington Peninsula chocolaterie and Ice Creamery at Flinders, even just for a chocolate tasting! Featuring a range of over 300 different chocolates and ice-cream that is to die for, you will be in chocolate heaven as you walk in the door.
If you have more time, join one of the chocolate making sessions, the kids will love the Junior Chocolatier class where they get to make their very own chocolate creations.
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7. Rain Hayne & Shine Farm
A great place to visit on the Mornington Peninsula with kids is the Rain Hayne and Shine Farmyard where you can enjoy a hands on farm experience playing with baby animals, ride a pony, take a tractor ride and more.
You could spend hours here walking around exploring. If you take a picnic there is a great outdoor plays pace with plenty of picnic tables.
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8. Boneo Discovery Park
Located in Finegal, the Boneo Discovery Park is a super fun day out if you are looking for things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids. Set on 27 acres of native flora and fauna, you can find an 18 hole mini golf course, games garden, various mazes, train rides, a rock wall and more.
The Boneo Discovery Park is also home to the amazing sand sculpting display on the water every December.
9. Bushrangers Bay Hike
For the adventurous families, the Bushrangers Bay walk is not to be missed if you are visiting the Mornington Peninsula with kids. It is an easy to moderate 3km walk each way from the Boneo Road carpark and picnic area where you can spot lots of native birds and even a kangaroo or two if you are lucky. For little ones you may want to use a carrier but older kids should be fine if you take your time. (depending on fitness levels of course).
When you arrive at the beautiful open beach of Bushrangers bay the views are just breathtaking. Walk along the white sand and splash in the water if you feel like it. The beach isn’t patrolled and is known for strong rips and large waves so swimming isn’t recommended. But just to walk along the beach and take in the views is worth the walk.
The Mornington Peninsula has some incredible beaches. You can find your family friendly front beaches facing Port Phillip Pay including the likes of Sorrento, Rye, Rosebud and Mornington. On the other side facing the Bass Strait, you can find the more rougher beaches which are perfect for surfers all year round.
Wherever you go on the Mornington Peninsula, you will be spoiled with choice of beautiful beaches to visit.
Melbourne with Kids
There are so many things to do on the Mornington Peninsula with kids and there are many family friendly attractions. If you have the chance, make sure you visit for a few days to enjoy the family attractions and the spectacular coastline.