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Mornington Peninsula

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This area includes Shoreham, Arthurs Seat, Red Hills, Mt Martha, Dromana, Sorrento, Portsea and Rye.


McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park (Langwarrin)

Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

This gallery specialises in Australian prints and drawings, and has one of the most significant collections of works on paper in Australia.

Admission $4/$2
Tuesdays-Sundays, 10am -5 pm
 Civic Reserve, Dunns Road, Mornington (Mel ref 145 G4)
Enquiries (03) 5975 4395

See also A Trip to Stony Point in our Melbourne newsletter No.144 of 30 September 2005.

Some places of interest in the Mornington Peninsula:

Coolart home-info

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High Tea

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McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park
A regional gallery with changing exhibitions set in a eight hectare sculpture park 45 minutes south of Melbourne.

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Mornington Railway
Steam hauled travel from a bygone era.. Moorooduc Station (Mel ref 105 K9, enter from Two Bays Road near Moorooduc Highway) 11am-4pm, and Mornington Station (Mel ref 145 G1) 11.30am-3.15pm. More information at Steam Trains in Melbourne and Mornington Railway.

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The Museum of HMAS Cerberus
This museum contains one of the largets naval history collections in Australia. A small entry fee applies.

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The Sorrento Museum and Heritage Gallery
This museum in the 1877 Mechanic Institute building records the history of the surrounding area. One of the prized possessions is the remains of a water cask from the ill-fated settlement attempt by Captain Collins in 1803 which included a young Johhny Fawkner and the convict William Buckley. It also contains a wet suit belonging to Harold Holt who drowned nearby. $3 entry fee applies.

Some markets in the Mornington Peninsula:

Bittern Country Market
An outdoor market next to the railway station with trash & treasure, craft & local produce. You can find more information on Bittern Market in our newsletter No.144 and newsletter No.145.

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Boneo Community Market
A true community market operating since 1977 on the third Saturday of every month. 150-200 stalls of fresh local fruit & vegetables, cheese, plants and crafts of every description in a rural setting.

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Dromana Market @ DriveIn
currently closed for winter

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Flinders Market

Overlooking Phillip Island and set amongst the gum trees, enjoy browsing over 100 Stalls of Craft, Fresh Produce, Plants, Vintage Stalls, fresh Coffee and food. There is also a Childrens Corner comprising of horse rides, face painting, jumping castles and childrens stalls. Stall sites are 4x4m and cost $50 per site.

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Hastings on Westernport Craft Market
An outdoor market with crafts and produce

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Home Harvest Exchange - food swap
Exchanging produce has been going on since the earliest days of European settlement and for most born before the 1960s  (and many after that) would have been a regular part of life. With changing lifestyles and serious vegetable gardens, chooks and other livestock disappearing from quarter acre blocks the practice has become less common. However White Hat has recently noticed a growing trend to revive the practice in a more formal manner and where better to do it than Heronswood with its wonderful program of preserving heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables. So locals are urged to bring their excess fresh home-grown produce and go home with someone else's. As the publicity says "Meet the neighbours, swap recipes, build community and healthy living; reduce food waste and food miles; and stretch the budget. Fruit, vegies, herbs, eggs, jams, and other produce. No money exchanged. Bring your produce and a smile. One bunch of parsley is enough."

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Mornington Racecourse Market
A large market with arts & crafts and produce. Parking fees apply and dogs are prohibited. The Mornington Racecourse market operates predominantly on the second Sunday of the month 9am to 2pm all year round.

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Mornington Village Shopping Centre Market
An indoor market with home made and home produced goods.

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Mornington Wednesday Market
This is not one of your "let's try it and see if it works" markets that has cropped up in recent years - this one has been around for 30 years rain, hail or shine and shows no signs of getting any less popular. White Hat can recommend this market (one of Victoria’s longest running street markets) as well worth a visit for those interested in homemade crafts, baked goodies, home grown plants and produce.

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Mt Eliza Farmers' Market
Come and enjoy the relaxed Sunday market atmosphere, whilst chatting to producers about their growing, rearing and cooking tales. Accompanied by a back drop of live music, children’s activities and the smells of freshly brewed coffee and a cooked breakfast – it’s a morning not to be missed.

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Pearcedale Farmers Market
On the way to Mornington call in and check out our fresh food farmers' market of local and regional producers set in a lovely semi-rural environment. Rain hail or shine - Honey,cheese,eggs,meat,gluten free cakes,vegies,native plants,puddings,seasonal berries and much more.

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Red Hill Community Market
A large indoor/outdoor market featuring local produce and crafts.Most goods are home made, home grown or home baked. A small parking fee applies and dogs are not allowed.

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Red Hill Farmers' Market
Be part of the relaxed and friendly atmosphere whilst browsing and purchasing fresh organic vegetables, meat, jams, spices, eggs, a variety of home made pasta, cheese, olive oil, prepared on site hot food, great coffee and much more. Only 60 minutes from the City, marvel at the surrounding vineyards, nearby Arthur’s Seat Look Out, or 100's of things to do - maybe catch up with nat at portc.

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Rosebud Community Market
Featuring a wide range of goods. The market on the 5th Saturday of the month is a trash & trasure market.

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Rye Foreshore Market
An outdoor community market featuring a range of goods including, produce, gifts, craft and plants.

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Somers Winter Market
Somers Winter Market is a boutique market held annually in the idyllic seaside hamlet of Somers. Held in the tranquil grounds of the Coolart Wetlands and Homestead. Arts & Crafts, Winter Food, Childrens Activities, and more. Entry by Gold Coin donation. All proceeds go to the Somers Pre-School.

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Somerville Saturday Market
The Somerville Saturday Market features a wide range of goods including bric-a-brac, jewellry, crafts, secondhand goods and produce. It is run by the local Anglican church and has a local community atmosphere.

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Tootgarook Primary School Community Market
An outdoor market selling bric-a-brac, food, and general goods.

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Vintage Market (Rosebud West)
Vintage Market - held at Broadway Bazaar. This is a permanent market, full of vintage and retro bargains held in the old Broadway Theatre in Rosebud Pde, Rosebud. (beach side of the Rosebud Cinemas.) With over 60 permanent stalls of clothing, bric a brac, collectables, jewelry, curios. Café attached. Ph (03) 5982 1212. Open 7 days. Mon - Sat : 9.30am - 5pm. Sun : 10am - 3pm . More information at Rosebud Vintage Bazaar

What's on and things to do in the Mornington Peninsula:

Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm

For White Hat, the Twilight Jazz at Cruden Farm is one of the special events of the year. We strongly recommend you gather the family together and get down to one of the most special gardens in Australia as there is only one chance a year for the general public to experience it at the special time of twilight.

Our rating - 5 Hats

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  • Coolart Mansion
    Coolart Mansion
  • Pelicans at Hastings
    Pelicans at Hastings

You can find a comprehensive guide to markets around Australia at The White Hat Guide to Markets in Australia.