An Antiques And Foodie Road Trip Through The Mornington Peninsula
Victoria’s glorious south east is the best place to go antique hunting while enjoying cellar doors and gourmet pit stops along the way. Spend one blissful weekend wining, dining and finding your way around the Mornington Peninsula, just a stone’s throw from Melbourne. Here’s where to stop or seek out along the way.
Trawl through antiques at Tyabb
Follow the back roads that snake across the narrow stretch of the Morning Peninsula. Jutting out into seas of shimmering blue, the town of Tyabb (a sharp inhale towards the west of Mornington), is the epicentre of antiques and home to Australia’s largest antique and collectable store – The Tyabb Packing House.
Squeeze in a few cellar doors
Venture further for vintage
On the hunt for more vintage and antique finds? Duck and weave through coastal and country villages, criss-crossing the Peninsula to discover antique barns, vintage tailors and more. Tyabb is home to half a dozen antique stores alone, but there are even more scores waiting to be found across the Mornington Peninsula. Make a slow drive down to Rosebud Vintage Bazaar in Rosebud and Marlene Miller Antiques at the tip in Sorrento.
Stop for a fancy, schmancy celebratory lunch
Still too fancy? How about Green Olive, a sustainable farm shop and casual cafe set on a 27-acre property. Here local produce shines through with zero-kilometre produce and homemade olive oil, chutneys and preserves, which you can purchase on-site. After lunch, tour the farm or join a hands-on workshop.
Go for a gourmet detour
Filling your boot with farm fresh produce is easy in the Mornington Peninsula. Stop at Red Hill Cellar & Pantry, a gourmet grocer that stocks more than 700 products from the local region including local cheese and provisions, fresh produce, dairy and smallgoods, and, of course, local wine, beer, cider and spirits. There are pick-your-own fields for strawberries, cherries and blueberries at Sunny Ridge Estate Strawberry Farm, hand painted Belgium chocolates to sample Mornington Peninsula Chocolates, and a host of farm gates with herbs, pumpkins, olives and tomatoes for sale with an honesty system.