Mornington Peninsula: Maze n’ Wine

The Mornington Peninsula is only about an hour’s drive south from Melbourne and has lots of beaches, wildlife, outdoor activities and its own wine region.  We had a day to explore the area over our long weekend celebrating the Queen’s 85th birthday.  Our first stop was to Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.  Complete with a fairy and gnome hunt, it was a great place even in winter.

 The garden’s cafe offers local wines, but drinking a bottle before trying your luck in the mazes would give you an entirely different experience than ours.  We headed out into the vineyards to try our luck with 2 toddlers at a cellar door tasting.  Our first stop was Stonier Winery.  It was crowded because A) there was a large wine event the day before and B) because they had a “pies and pinots” lunch event.  However, I saw a playground and other children running around and knew it was for us.  A playground at a winery?!?  Genius.  Inside proved no less surprising with a toy bin and couches in the corner.  Stonier was an excellent experience but we needed to move on before our luck ran out.  Our last and final stop for the day was up to Moorooduc Estate.  While they didn’t have a playground or toy bin to dig through, we thoroughly enjoyed the wood-fired pizzas and relaxed outdoor atmosphere.


If you are looking for a great Chardonnay or Pinot Noir look toward the Mornington Peninsula wineries of Australia.  We will be back for more peninsula experiences and of course, for more wine and playgrounds.

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3 Responses to Mornington Peninsula: Maze n’ Wine

  1. Gabi Hearn says:

    Can’t wait to visit the farm and winery, and even Old MacDonalds. We can leave out the spider. Anything good at the lavendar farm? You guys are certainly making the most of your stay down under.
    We’ll hopefully be making our reservations today.

  2. Hi, just found your blog. I am pretty much in that photo and my kids are in the playground! It was a gorgeous day at this peninsula winery. Lovely photos on your blog. cheers

    • Megan says:

      Really? That’s too funny! Red Hill is on our Mornington Peninsula to-do list. I love the peninsula, it’s somewhere I could see myself and my family living permanently. Thanks for finding me.

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