We’ve just returned to Melbourne after spending 5 fantastic days on the Mornington Peninsula, in the seaside village of Mount Martha and it’s no secret that I’m sad to have returned back to the city.
The sweet seaside town lies 18 km from Frankston and 60km from Melbourne CBD, the hour’s journey heading south-easterly out of the city to Mount Martha is well worth travelling for the utter peace and quiet you’ll experience once arriving at your destination.
After spending the last two months in the city we fancied getting away from the busyness of the city and heading to somewhere quieter for the Easter break. Mount Martha was just what we needed, with colourful bathing boxes lining the beach; idyllically quiet yet not isolated roads; a sweet gift shop and a handful of tasteful cafe’s and restaurants; incredible coastal walks offering beautiful views over the bay and possibly home to the best sunsets I’ve ever witnessed.
Admittedly, if you’re into having plenty of activities to do on your doorstep and enjoy fast-paced living then Mount Martha likely isn’t for you, but days seemed longer here, everyone you passed said ‘hello’ and you could cross the road without fear of being hit by a tram (I joke… But seriously!) so it was just what we were after.
With not having a car we relied on getting around by foot for the majority of our stay – however their public transport is easily accessible and hiring a car would be a great option to consider too – we walked a large portion of the local coastline and enjoyed the views along the river.
We spent our days walking to Mornington via the coastal path which was a lovely 12km walk in total and satisfied our hungry stomach’s at Lilo’s cafe before returning home which was lovely, we took a up the Balcombe Estuary to Briars Park which is a route I’d highly recommend! We raced down the hill towards the beach to experience the beauty of the Aussie sunsets, swam in the ocean as the post-sunset orange glow was cast upon the waters; ate brekkie at Mr. Curtis and milkbar.co and had a delicious early dinner at Volpino; read books whilst bathing in a bubble bath onlooking the sea and browsed bookstores and a great little plastic-free store called ‘Thrive’ whilst in Mornington.
The location of Mount Martha is great to visit Arthur’s Seat from as well as Sorrento, Bushrangers Bay, Frankston, Mornington and many beautiful beach coves along the Peninsula.
We loved both the area and our fantastic Airbnb home that much that we actually decided to extend our stay for another night once we arrived. Honestly, if we could have we’d have stayed there far longer – I can speak on behalf of myself, Ollie and Lorna when I say that we did not want to return back to our flat in the city.
It was the perfect place for an incredibly peaceful and laid back stay, away from the city and back to basics – the beach, beautiful sunsets and walks in nature.
So, Mt. Martha thanks for having us you already feel like home!