Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Kids High Tea
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Tue 9th Jul 2019
Kids can enjoy a children’s version of Searoad Ferries' regular High Tea including a tiered platter of sweet and savoury treats, soft drink, juice or hot chocolate. All this while mum and dad or the grandparents will receive the usual High Tea offering which includes a glass of sparkling wine, coffee or tea.

Departing Queenscliff at 11:00am and departing Sorrento at 2:00pm. Sail the bay for a two hour return trip for this special school holiday outing.

Kids can look for dolphins, visit the playground and have their face painted.

Botanika Cinema
Date Tue 16th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
This April school holidays the beautiful George Pentland Botanic Gardens will be transformed once again into an open air cinema unlike anything seen in the Bayside town before. It truly is an event the whole family will adore.

Go early to experience some amazing live, local entertainment, the best street food Melbourne has to offer and a bar stocked with Peninsula favourites.

Six family friendly movies will be screened from the 16 to 21 April. Gates open at 5:30pm with movies commencing at sundown (approximately 7:00pm).

Visit the Unscene Cinema website for screening details and movies selections. Proudly supported by the Frankston City Council and brought to you by Untold Events Co.
Krazy Koala Puppet Show
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019
To celebrate the school holidays Searoad Ferries offer a range of fantastic on board activities included in the ferry ticket price.

Krazy Koala Puppet Show combines catchy tunes, slapstick comedy and a group of charismatic puppets. Kids are invited to join in as the puppets play their favourite songs including puppets like to party.

Ferries departing Queenscliff 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Ferries departing Sorrento 1:00pm and 3:00pm
MoonLight Festival
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Boneo Maze on the Mornington Peninsula will come alive in the evenings this Easter Long Weekend, illuminated with stunning light installations and lantern sculptures.

This interactive family friendly event will transform the maze and wetlands into a night time wonderland with activities, workshops and some spectacular lights and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

Start the evenings adventures with a stroll along the water edge or catch a ride on our Choo Choo Train to view the incredible Peter Pan sand sculpting exhibition transformed with lighting and projections. Continue your journey through our night maze or sit back and relax in the outdoor cinema. With roving performers, workshops, family friendly entertainment, music and twilight mini golf there is plenty to see and do for the whole family.

Mother nature will be bringing some of her own light to the party as we kick things off on Good Friday with the full moon, heading into Saturday and Sunday evening. There will be a bar serving delicious local beer and wine, a range of delicious food options and essential coffee caravan.
The Big Goose Easter Scramble
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Easter Bunny is coming back to The Big Goose this Easter. The Easter Egg Scramble is a whole lot of fun for the entire family. The aim of the game is to collect as many plastic Easter eggs as you can until The Easter Bunny rings his bell. Bring your haul to the counting station – every child takes home a bag of Easter eggs.

In the Easter activity zone there will be egg and spoon races, potato sack races, giant foot darts and Chuck a Chook (No animals are harmed in this awesome game).

Find The Golden Egg - 10 Golden Eggs are hidden around the Farm every day, if you are lucky enough to find one you will win a Big Goose plush toy.

In addition to unicorn rides, Easter face painting and the Easter craft shed, all the regular fun of the Big Goose is included too: giant jumping pillow, adventure playground, tractor rides, sheep dog show, reptile shows, a tyre maze, petting barn, wildlife park and animal feeding.
Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Celebrating its tenth year, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is on once again over the Easter long weekend. Proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie, the show raises funds for the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron rescue boat fleet. Artists from Melbourne, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula’s will have their finest works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club.

Feature artists this year are It Hao Pheh, Maureen Kirsch and Lawrence Marshall exhibiting, with returning and new artists, in mediums from painting to photography and sculpture. A silent auction runs throughout the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from local retailers.

The art show runs through the Easter weekend, 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, and 10:00am to 2:00pm Easter Monday.

Visitors to the art show are welcome to stay on and enjoy the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay. Entry to the show from Saturday to Monday is $5 to be paid at the door.
Easter Art Show
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
Celebrating its tenth year, the Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is on once again over the Easter long weekend. Proudly sponsored by hockingstuart, Blairgowrie, the show raises funds for the BYS rescue boat fleet.

Artists from Melbourne, the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula’s will have their finest works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club. Feature artists this year are It Hao Pheh, Maureen Kirsch and Lawrence Marshall exhibiting, with returning and new artists, in mediums from painting to photography and sculpture. A silent auction runs throughout the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from local retailers.

The art show is open. Visitors are welcome to stay on and enjoy the BYS bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay.
Easter Egg Hunt in the Sculpture Park
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
Easter comes alive in the Sculpture Park this year. Join us in celebrating Pt. Leo Estate’s Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday April 21, 2019, with co-partner Koko Black Chocolate. An eggs-citing occasion for family and friends to get together, and search for eggs in the stunning surrounds of the Pt. Leo Estate sculpture park with a signature Koko Black grand prize for one lucky winner.

Open from 9:00am, Pt. Leo Estate invites children (big and small) to participate in the Egg Hunt starting at 10:00am sharp. There will be a Koko Black chocolate pop up, face painting by Twinkles Starry Faces, live music, colouring stations, and breakfast items for purchase in the Pt. Leo Wine Terrace. The Koko Black Grand Prize winner will be announced at 12:00pm.

Schedule of events:

9:00am Gates open
10:00am Egg Hunt commences
11:00am Pt. Leo Estate Sculpture Park and lunch in the Pt. Leo Estate Wine Terrace opens
12:00pm Koko Black grand prize winner announced

Face painting, live music and chocolate for everyone all day.
Flinders Motoring Heritage
Date Sun 21st Apr 2019
A Flinders District Lions Club fundraising event of a wonderful display of vintage, veteran and classic cars all parked around the pretty seaside village of Flinders. Funds raised will go towards Children's and Diabetes Services of Peninsula Health. Wander around the cars, talk to their proud owners and then grab a bite to eat at one of the food outlets or do a bit of retail therapy at the galleries and shops.

Tickets are $5 for adults and children are free.
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019
Portsea Hotel is open this ANZAC Day.

Come along and watch the footy on live and loud with screens in the beer garden overlooking the ocean.
The Bob Dylan and Tom Petty Show: True Confessions Revisited
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Bob Dylan and Tom Petty made history when they joined forces for one of the greatest concerts of all time, on their True Confessions tour in 1986.

Taking inspiration from these concerts, singer Jeff Jenkins opens the show as Tom Petty, with backing band The Heartbreakers, and Sarah Highgate as Stevie Nicks. After performing a short solo set as Dylan, Jenkins then brings the band and Stevie Nicks back out for the final set of rocking Dylan songs.

Audiences can re-live that incredible line up at True Confessions Revisited, and rock out to Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Don’t Come Around Here No More, The Waiting, Refugee, Like a Rolling Stone, All Along the Watchtower, Hard Rain, Tombstone Blues, House of the Rising Sun and many other classic Dylan / Petty hits.

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
This event is a celebration of tai chi. Worldwide, at 10:00am on the last Saturday of April, tai chi is practised by novices, seasoned practitioners, masters and their students.

Join in or watch from the side, enjoy morning tea and see tai chi and karate demonstrations, and even the performing Toby the Wonder Dog. Proceeds of the entry, raffles and door prizes will go to Fusion Australia, Mt Martha. Fusion work with local youth and the community, fostering a sense of purpose, confidence and belonging.
DYLANesque - Frankston Arts Centre
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
After two sell out shows at Frankston last year, DYLANesque are back with their new show True Confessions Revisited - the Bob Dylan Tom Petty Show, as part of the Frankston Music Festival for one night only!

What a brilliant way to spend your Saturday night, enjoying a two hour narrated concert taking inspiration from one of the 20th century’s most talked about concert tours - True Confessions back in 1986, when Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Stevie Nicks shared a stage together.

Writer, producer, actor and voice of The Bob Dylan Story - frontman Jeff Jenkins returns to play Frankston, with his stellar five piece band and their highly acclaimed new show.

Rock out and dance to all your favourite Dylan / Petty hits including Running Down a Dream, American Girl, Don’t Come Around Here No More, The Waiting, Refugee, Like a Rolling Stone, All Along the Watchtower, Hard Rain, Tombstone Blues, House of the Rising Sun and many other class Dylan Petty Nicks hits. Tickets are now on sale, so grab your tickets early to get the best seats, and enjoy this extraordinary homage to Dylan, Petty and Stevie Nicks.
A Taste Of Ireland
Date Thu 2nd May 2019
Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, ‘A Taste of Ireland’ explores magical tales, spanning generations of Irish storytelling and culture.

Created and produced by Pace Entertainment Group, the show transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition were the essence of expressing and celebrating the Irish spirit.

Gorgeous melodies are layered upon raw rhythmic beats to create a jaw dropping sensory delight that is like nothing you will have seen or heard before.

An unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers perform in perfect harmony with some of the world’s most revered folk musicians and vocalists, A Taste of Ireland provides a unique LIVE spin on the much loved Celtic song and dance experience.

Mountainfilm on Tour - Rosebud
Date Wed 8th May 2019
The 2019 Mountainfilm on Tour features the best short films from the annual Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado. One word sets Mountainfilm apart from other tours - HEART. Join a celebration of adventure, environment and the human spirit

Mountainfilm is one of the world's best mountain film festivals, featured in the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by MovieMaker magazine. The festival has been held in May each year since 1979, with the best films then touring more than 150 locations around the world.

Mountainfilm toured Australia and New Zealand for the first time in 2017 to rave reviews. This year's films feature an awesome mix of short films featuring the likes of climber Alex Honnold, ultra runner Kilian Jornet as well as mountaineering, mountain biking, expedition travel, fly fishing, cultural and environmental stories. This is an event to inspire you to take on the world and experience all it has to offer.
Conquer The Course Charity Walk and Fun Run
Date Sun 26th May 2019
Peninsula Home Hospice’s inaugural Conquer The Course charity walk and fun run is being held at Mornington Racecourse on Sunday 26 May 2019. This new community event is being held to raise awareness and funds for Peninsula Home Hospice, a not for profit organisation who provide free specialist palliative care in the home.

The event is focusing on health and wellbeing, encouraging participation in a fun outdoor activity, in a unique environment (held on a race course), with the option to complete the five kilometre or two kilometre course. Provision is also being made for entrants with mobility aids (ie wheelchair, mobility scooter etc).

Gates open at 9:30am, and entrants need to be ready at 10:30am, with races commencing at 11:00am.

There will also be market stalls, food and beverage stalls, kids activities, and entertainment to enjoy until 2:00pm.

All participants will receive a finisher medal, and entrants have the option to have their medal engraved ($10 each) onsite.

The first, second, and third placed female and male for each course will also receive a place getter medal, plus an award will be given to the largest team entered.
New Vintage Launch Dinner
Date Fri 31st May 2019
Each year the release of the new vintage wines is eagerly anticipated. This is a time to reflect on the vintages past - the seasonal challenges and the fun along the way. Polperro Wines will share with you the craftsmanship and dedication, the labour of love that brings their Polperro and Even Keel wines to the dining room table.

Join for a night with owner and winemaker Sam Coverdale as he shares with you the launch of his 2017 Polperro Single Vineyard wines and his pick of the new releases, perfectly matched with new pre - release seasonal menu created by executive chef Michael Demagistris.

Included in your ticket are seven Polperro and Even Keel wines, five courses and welcome canapé.

Settle in for a fun and relaxed night in the Polperro dining room - Limited tables available. 7:00pm arrival for a 7:30pm start.
Mornington Winter Music Festival
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Mornington Winter Jazz Festival will be held over the Queen's Birthday weekend in June
annually and will see Mornington come alive with a celebration of Music, Arts and Heritage.

There will be no shortage of entertainment at the 2019 Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. For three days, the streets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, galleries and parks will come alive with a
diverse mix of jazz, blues, swing, traditional, progressive, classic offering something for everyone.

There are a number of ticketed gigs, there are also lots of free performances happening over the weekend. There are lots of local artists performing over the weekend so ensure to support them by attending the free performances and stop and listen to the buskers and roving performers along Main Street.

Come and soak up the atmosphere from every street corner, in restaurants, cafes and bars in Mornington.
Winter Wine Fest
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019
Winter Wine Weekend is held during the Queens Birthday long weekend in June every year.

The opening event is the Winter Wine Festival - an exhibition and tasting which traditionally marks the beginning of the extensive Winter Wine Weekend program.

One place, on one day. All undercover, where you can taste more than 200 premium wines from around 50 wineries.

Tickets include all tastings, Riedel wine glass, tasting book which includes all wines on exhibition and two entree size dishes.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Sun 9th Jun 2019
The Nazaaray Estate team loves to prove that Indian food does match with wine. Their Tiffin Lunch Buffet is not to be missed.

Join Nazaaray Estate Winery for their quarterly Tiffin Time Buffet and try matching these single vineyard, handcrafted wines with the spices of various delicious courses. Stroll through 1930s vintage train carriages at the cellar door. Meet the winemaker and try his latest releases. Take part in a 30 minute Bollywood dance clinic by Mohit (post lunch).

Paramdeep Ghumman, co-owner and winemaker at Nazaaray Estate, had his first sip of wine on an international flight at the age of 30, when he emigrated from India to Australia with his doctor wife Nirmal in 1981. He has made up for lost time, creating superb single vineyard wines totally by hand in one of the Mornington Peninsula’s smallest commercial vineyards.

Nazaaray Estate Winery is Mornington Peninsula's southernmost winery and the only one in Flinders. Here, single vineyard, handcrafted wines are made on site in small batches. Nazaaray's wines feature on the wine list of several top restaurants, including Vue de Monde. Bookings essential.
Christmas in July
Date Sat 20th Jul 2019
Come and join Westernport Cruises on 20 July for a wonderful four hour cruise.

The Christmas in July cruise includes Champagne on arrival, beer, wine and soft drink, gourmet finger food and live entertainment .

Cruise leaves from Hastings Marina and explores the wonderful sites of Westernport Bay. Leaving at 7:00pm and returning at 11:00pm.
Top Dog Film Festival - Rosebud
Date Sun 11th Aug 2019
Celebrate the canine connection through this carefully curated collection of heartwarming stories about dogs and their people at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival screening in Rosebud.

Meet dogs from all walks of life on the big screen at the 2019 Top Dog Film Festival. From husky dogs of Alaska to working dogs of Australia, the pull on your heartstring is guaranteed. Meet four legged heroes, unbreakable bonds and canine companions that enrich the lives of all they encounter.

The 2019 Top Dog Film Festival presents a two hour cinematic celebration honouring the bond between dogs and their people. Filled with delightfully doggy moments of joy and celebration of our beloved canine companions.

This carefully curated program of canine-themed films is comprised of the most inspirational, heart-warming and entertaining stories about dogs and their human companions, from independent filmmakers around the globe.

Get tickets before they sell out – you would be barking mad to miss it.

The Top Dog Film Festival is exempt from classification but would obtain a General rating and is suitable for all ages.
Frankston and South Eastern Wine Show
Date Sun 25th Aug 2019
Head down to the open amateur wine making competition organised by Frankston amateur Winemakers Guild, showcasing home-made wines from fruit, vegetables, flowers, herbs and red white grape wines. Competition categories to be judged include still, sparkling, fortified wines and liqueurs.

Tasting the many wines available, you may meet the winemakers and learn the techniques required to make your own wine. Wine making information is available and applications for new members are most welcome.

Sample wines made from citrus fruits, stone fruits, berries, guavas, carrots, parsnips, herbs and many other exotic ingredients. Red and white wines such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Muscat are usually well represented.

Arthurs Seat Challenge
Date Sun 10th Nov 2019
The Arthurs Seat Challenge (ASC) is an annual 6.7 kilometre fun run and walk, following a course from Rosebud to the top of Arthurs Seat, finishing at Seawinds Gardens.

This event is held to promote the profile of the Fit to Drive program, and to raise funds to enable the continuation of this invaluable program, which is currently provided to Mornington Peninsula and Frankston schools free of charge.

Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 12th Jan 2020
Great holiday vibe and excellent course between Dromana on the Port Phillip Bay side and Cape Schanck on the Bass Strait side.

That is a 28 kilometre single crossing (56 kilometre double crossing) of the Mornington Peninsula, and not at the skinny bit.

A little hill followed by bushland, rural and coastal views, topped off by enthusiastic helpers and the best course marking in the trail running universe.

Western Port Craft Expo
Date Sat 18th Apr 2020
This community event is a gathering of local and visiting craftspeople and consists of talks, demonstrations and workshops of unusual and heritage crafts. Local craftspeople can display, demonstrate and sell their craft and local groups such as Community Houses, CWA, Embroidery and Quilting groups to show their work and perhaps gain new members. It gives visitors the opportunity to try out some crafts under guidance, to buy some beautiful handmade craftwork and to socialise with local and visiting artisans.

It is a family friendly expo for people interested in Craftwork. It provides professional craft artisans from out of area to teach and invites visitors to consider trying new skills.

Children are catered for with a program of craft. Refreshments are for purchase and there is a mobile coffee trailer, too.