Make like a local, and head to Mornington Peninsula, a sun-dappled, coastal area, just an hour from Melbourne, for a daytrip or weekend stay. A popular summertime escape for Melburnians, the area rewards visitors with naturally heated hot springs (look into Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia’s first geothermal resort), olive groves and more than—50, mostly boutique, cellar doors—that’s Australian for a tasting room. Golfers will want to tee up at one of the 15 elite courses including some of Australia’s best, while beachcombers can discover the colorful bathing boxes along the shore. However you choose to spend your day, a perfect way to end it is with a signature treatment at the Endota Day Spa or a soak in the geisha tub at the Red Hill Spa. The area’s timeless hamlets have a nostalgic appeal and sit amid landscapes of bushland, perfumed by briny, sea air. It’s a place that can convince even the most A-type personalities to slow down, breathe in the sea air, and leisurely sip a glass of wine.
Down Under Answers’ Soar and Shore itinerary offers a chance to experience the best of Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.