How to Get the Kids Outside this Spring
How to Get the Kids Outside This Spring
The Spring School Holidays are almost upon us!! This is the time when some parents start to get a little nervous about how they are going to keep the kids off technology for two whole weeks!! The Mums' at Holiday Shacks know that feeling all too well so we have put together a few ideas for some inspiring outdoor activities down on the Peninsula, only a short drive from Melbourne.
Ideas for outdoor activities down on the Peninsula
Turn them into Bushrangers – The Best Walks with stuff to do
Dust off those walking shoes, pack a picnic and head out for a walk. We are so lucky to have the most amazing walks down on the Peninsula, with spectacular views. Here are a few of our tried and tested favourites:
Fingal Beach Walk
Enjoy a picnic in the peaceful Fingal Picnic Area located two kilometres north of Cape Schanck. Walking tracks lead to nearby lookouts with spectacular views of basalt cliffs and Fingal Beach which is exposed at low tide. This beach is also great for rocks to climb and rockpools to explore. A longer walk to the northern Gunnamatta Beach (5km) is also available from the Fingal Picnic Area. Remember to pack water bottles and snacks. More details
Two Bays Walk, Bushrangers Bay Section
Named after two escaped convicts the Two Bays Walk takes in Bushrangers Bay, which has some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne and finishes at Cape Schanck lighthouse. More details
Sorrento Back Beach to London Bridge
Crossing the road at Sorrento Back Beach, The Coastal Walk continues through the vegetation above the car park and beach connects back up with the main track above via Coppins Lookout. A short detour to Websters Lookout gives stunning views over the township of Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay. The track links Portsea Surf Beach with London Bridge along the cliff tops via two scenic lookouts. At London Bridge, a steep ramp leads to the beach where amazing rock pools are visible at low tide. More details
Get On Your Bike
Dust off your bikes, load up the car and spend a day on two wheels these school holidays.
Experience the unique historic Point Nepean National Park from your bike. Located at the end of Point Nepean Road, where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula ends. Point Nepean’s rich history has had a significant impact on Victoria and Australia in terms of immigration, quarantine and defence. You can either bring you own or rent a bike, click here for bike rental prices, or book on one of our guided tours, more information.
There were more than 30 cycle trails and bike tracks right throughout the Peninsula, including the new 25 km Peninsula Link bike trail. For more wheel-spinning trails click here.
Pack up a Picnic
Always pack lunch and fill up water bottles before heading out on a day trip. This is a great way to save money and avoid unhealthy fast food options.
So Many Great Places to Stop and Eat
If you didn’t have time to organise that picnic there are so many wonderful cafes and eateries on the peninsula. You will be spoilt for choice. A couple of our favourite kid-friendly stops are
Main Ridge Dairy is a wonderful farmhouse cheese factory and goat dairy located in Main Ridge near Red Hill. They are the only large commercial dairy operating on the Peninsula and pride themselves in producing a milk of the highest quality that is then handmade into a range of farmhouse cheeses. Stop and enjoy one of their amazing cheese platters with local wines, tea and coffee. Afterwards buy a bag of hay and feed the goats.
Merricks General Wine Store is country at its best on the Mornington Peninsula. Somewhere you just have to stop to enjoy fine wine, food, art and produce at this much loved general store inspired by the rustic charm of farm life. www.mgwinestore.com.au
Visit the Sculpture Park at Point Leo
Point Leo Sculpture Park has been purpose built to house an ever-evolving array of Australian and international pieces. Each piece is set against the backdrop of the ocean and vines, cattle and flowering native Australian gardens.
The Sculpture Park is alive with colour and a mix of mediums – from wood to metal to ceramic tile. It is a visual feast, it is tactile, interactive and for everyone; families, art lovers or those who are not but would like to be.
Anyone for Golf?
Not a golfer, that’s OK. It’s great fun to grab a small bucket of balls for a hit and a giggle with a beer or wine in hand while we make your pizza. Makes lunch or dinner an event rather than just a food stop. Truemans Golf Range in Fingal is a great, relaxed place for kids and adults. For more details
Spend some time with the Animals
Cuddle up to koalas, feed kangaroos and wallabies, meet endangered species in a beautiful bushland setting at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation.
Colourful parrots abound, waterbirds are at home in extensive wetlands and visitors can sample the flourishing bush foods garden. Meet critically endangered orange-bellied parrots and regent honeyeaters.
Inspired by the work of famous British conservationist Gerald Durrell, Moonlit Sanctuary is now home to over 60 Australian species, including about 80 wallabies, free to roam through the bush and give visitors a rare natural encounter. Others are housed in large natural enclosures, including endangered creatures such as the strange-looking bush thick-knees bird whose calls have not been heard on the Mornington Peninsula for more than 60 years.
At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive in a remarkable way, with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Owls and other night birds are active, tiny feather-tail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.
STAY FOR WHILE
Take in all the Mornington Peninsula has to offer this Spring. Buddy up with another family for a road trip getaway so parents can share the costs and the kids have more friends to play with. Speak to our friendly team who would be happy to recommend some great family-friendly accommodation. Take advantage of our Spring special and enjoy a later 5pm checkout when you book a 2 night stay this Spring…we will even leave you a welcoming bottle of wine so that you can relax the moment you arrive.