Historical Gems on the Mornington Peninsula
5 Famous Historical Sites to Visit on The Mornington Peninsula
The Mornington Peninsula has always been a top spot within an hours drive from Melbourne and it’s easy to see why. With so much to do, it has become a popular place for tourists and locals alike. With stunning ocean views and entertainment for the whole family, you’ll love your next visit to the Mornington Peninsula.
Here are our top 5 recommendations for historical sites in the area that you must see!
Point Nepean National Park
Situated at the end of the Peninsula, Point Nepean National Park is one of the top outdoor destinations in the area. It has a rich military history as one of the key quarantine stations and forts in the area, making it a great spot for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike. It’s so large that there’s a shuttle that runs through the park making stops at popular sites around the park.
You’ll get to experience hiking trails and beachside walks - you can even download self-guided tours for you and the whole family. To immerse yourself in local history and get acquainted with the stunning natural scenery, Point Nepean National Park is a must-see on the Mornington Peninsula.
Sorrento is a must-see if you’re in the area - widely known as one of the area’s most affluent towns, Sorrento is Victoria’s first European settlement. You’ll see countless historical sites throughout the town while still enjoying modern amenities such as shopping and dining.
Some popular spots in the town of Sorrento are Sullivan’s Bay, home of the graves of the first settlers, and The Athenaeum, a local theatre that was built in the late 19th century.
Cape Schanck is another popular outdoor destination - two popular landmarks are the Cape Schanck Lighthouse, built in 1859, and the natural rock outcropping of Pulpit Rock. Found at the tip of the peninsula, Cape Schanck is situated in some of the roughest ocean waters around, so we recommend going on a calm day for safety reasons.
Historic Homes in the Area
The Mornington Peninsula has a vast number of famous historic homes that you’re able to tour, including the McCrae Homestead, built in 1844, and the opulent, Coolart Homestead, built in 1895. Both locations bring you back to a time just after the area was settled and show you different lifestyles and rich history of the peninsula. If you’re interested in the local history of the Mornington Peninsula, these two homes are a great place to start.
The final historical site on our list is Mulberry Hill. This stunning home was owned by famed Joan and Daryl Lindsay, author and artist respectively. After Joan passed away, she left the home to the National Trust, who turned it into a local museum about the Lindsay family and their contributions to art and literature. Visiting Mulberry Hill is a great way to learn about prominent members of Mornington society and to get a better understanding of the peninsula’s history.
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Our properties are right in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula, giving you quick and easy access to the rich history of the area. To start exploring the Mornington Peninsula on the holiday of your dreams, contact us today.