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Whether you are just visiting or are a local who wishes to see more of the area, the Mornington Peninsula has plenty of beautiful views worth experiencing. The area is home to peaceful villages, nature trails, vast vineyards, and plenty of beautiful locations by the water, making it one of the best locations to visit in Victoria. No matter if you are seeking adventure or relaxation, the best scenic drives Mornington Peninsula has to offer make for perfect weekend getaways for you and your family.

Best Scenic Drives for a Mornington Peninsula Road Trip

Arthurs Seat

Those who wish to see the entire Mornington Peninsula from above should look no further than Arthurs Seat, the highest point in the entire area. No Morning Peninsula road trip itinerary is complete without a great view, and a drive to Arthurs Seat provides the best view of the bay. The drive features one of the windiest roads in Victoria and plenty of hairpins, so make sure you are comfortable with that kind of journey before setting out. Those who take the drive will find a great weekend spot for the family, and you can easily do a loop of the area by traveling on Purves Road into Main Creek Road, while Red Hill is located further north for those who wish to continue their explorations.


A drive from Melbourne to Merricks takes roughly 1 hour and 15 minutes and allows you to experience some of the eye-catching artwork that decorates the Eastlink roadway. Leave the kids at home and indulge in the area’s plentiful wineries, each featuring their own unique vintages. After enjoying a glass of wine (or several, we don’t judge), stay the night at the local Jackalope hotel and live like the locals do while enjoying the view of the sun setting behind the vines. The all-day bistro at Many Little is always open to feed hungry travellers, making Merricks one of the best scenic drives Mornington Peninsula can provide.


Driving along the Esplanade makes for a Mornington Peninsula road trip full of beautiful scenes of the ocean. Beginning your trip at Schnapper Point in Mornington, you will encounter the scenic Schnapper Point Park, Mothers Beach, and Mornington Pier. Driving across the picturesque clifftop road of the Esplanade leads you to the relaxing Port Phillip, which offers some of the best views of the bay. Those interested in examining peculiar rocks should stop at Fossil Beach, while Hawker Beach is perfect for those hoping to spend the afternoon at a smaller and less crowded beach.

Sorrento – Portsea Artists’ Trail

Anyone with a passing interest in the art scene should add a drive along the Sorrento to Portsea Artists’ Trail to their Mornington Peninsula road trip itinerary. The beautiful views of the Mornington Peninsula have inspired many famous artists, and this trail pays tribute to the fantastic pieces that were created here. The trail can be accessed by car and by foot, and features reproductions of the paintings created here on stands placed across the trail, allowing you to experience both the artwork and the views that inspired its creation. Once you have indulged your artistic side, take a stroll along the Millionaires Walk, which features stunning cliff top views.

East Coast Car Rentals Has You Covered

If you are lacking your own car or are visiting from interstate or overseas, East Coast Car Rentals is here to provide you with a quality vehicle at a great price. We supply the best car rental Melbourne has to offer, allowing both locals and visitors to travel in style while exploring the beautiful scenic views Mornington Peninsula provides. East Coast Car Rentals is committed to providing our customers with as much convenience as possible, with our car rental Melbourne airport service able to provide you with a rental car as soon as you step off the plane.