Mornington Peninsula

19 Apr

My husband Lawrence and I went driving around Mornington Peninsula for a day out with nature.

Our first stop was Frankston Waterfront.

The view was nice and tranquil, but there’s not much to see here. There are not so many people though so if you would like to spend a quiet afternoon to yourself, going here would serve the purpose.

There was a group with kids that had a gathering when we went there. The cool, windy weather suits outdoor activities.

We were suppose to check out the Sandstone Events’ Toytopia sand sculptures because it was just beside the waterfront but we were surprised to find that the place was small and given the time constraint, we decided to skip this attraction. I reckon it would be nice for small kids, though ๐Ÿ™‚

Since it had been a long drive from home, it was already almost noon at this point of our trip. We were hungry and decided to drive to central Mornington for lunch. We had a delightful Italian lunch at D.O.C Mornington (side note: The D.O.C. outlet here is more spacious and has greater ambiance than in the CBD). We decided to try out the antipasto platter recommended in Urban Spoon and I must say, it was well worth the price ๐Ÿ™‚ [$25]

Antipasto Platter at D.O.C.

We also had Pizza Soppressa but I guess in our haste to eat we forgot to take a picture of this. The pizza was good, too. Although I must really say that the antipasto platter is my two thumbs up dish for this occasion.

We went on to visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm for a strawberry picking experience. The wind was cool but the sun was up so it was a bit hot, and the smell of natural fertilizer (yes, manure ^_^) was kind of bothering me, but I enjoyed all the same since it was something different for a city person like me ๐Ÿ™‚ It took us some time to fill our punnets up with strawberries. By the time we finished, it was almost 3 o’clock. A bit disappointing for me because the ice cream/chocolate lover in me wanted to try out a strawberry parfait or their fondue. But to make the most of this trip, this would have to be reserved for a next trip, hopefully.

Strawberry Pickingย 

I have mixed reviews on the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. Again, the tall hedge mazes were something new for us (we actually chickened out less than five minutes into the maze LOL) so it was quite interesting, and I was able to see lavender gardens for the first time. But aside from that, given the large walking area, there’s not much to see. And if I were to suggest something to spruce this place up, I’d suggest for them to build a tower or high area where you can have an aerial/bird’s eye view of the maze. Biggest disappointment for me is the Rose Maze, because there weren’t any nice rose bushes to look at in the first place (is it because it wasn’t rose season when we visited?).

Entering the hedge maze in Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

But then we were able to have an opportunity to get up-close with the lavender and the bee and take photos such as the one above, so I went away happy anyway.

Last stop is Cape Schanck Lookout. The museum and the lighthouse in Cape Schanck was closed by the time we went there, so we just decided to take a walk around Cape Schanck. The walk gave us nice, relaxing views to end the day.

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