Regional Tourism Guide for Mornington Peninsula & Bellarine Peninsula
Victoria , Australia  
Mornington Drop-In Meditation – Wednesday Evenings
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Wed 27th Feb 2019
Drop in any week. Classes begin with a simple guided breathing meditation followed by a teaching and a second guided meditation based on the topic. There is also an opportunity for discussion, followed by refreshments.

At Mindfulness and the Healing Power of Meditation, understand how to use challenges to develop inner strength and resilience. Heal your body and mind, and find peace through the practice of mindfulness. Class dates are October 3, 10 and 17.

At Buddhism and the Meaning of Life, understand the essential principles of Buddhism, cultivate your wisdom and good heart, and start to enjoy a meaningful, harmonious and happy life. Class dates are October 24, 31, November 7, 14.

At a Life without Stress, explore Buddhist meditations that help us calm the mind, overcome stress and respond to difficulties in positive ways. Class dates are November 21, 28, December 5, 12.

At the Power to be Happy, give yourself the power to be happy in 2019. Learn methods for awakening your potential, overcome relationship problems and experience a joyful life. Class dates are February 6, 13, 20, 27.
Studio 12 Art Exhibition
Date Mon 15th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
This is a quality art exhibition by twelve Mornington Peninsula Artists presenting traditional and contemporary works at affordable prices. Entry is free with ample parking available. Artists will be on duty every day and are happy to welcome visitors to come and view the works and generally chat about the exhibition and related interests.

Studio 12 is proud to support Biala Early Childhood Development Centre and at the conclusion of the show a generous donation will be made to this very deserving organisation.
MLIVE: Prize Fighter
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
Get ringside for a rare theatrical combo: engrossing storytelling paired with the visceral thrill of live boxing. Prize Fighter is adrenaline-pumping, full-contact theatre at its best.

La Boite Theatre Company and Brisbane Festival’s highly acclaimed theatre production, Prize Fighter is coming to the George Jenkins Theatre at Monash University’s Peninsula campus as part of MLIVE’s program of events from 26 to 27 October 2018.

Fleeing the Congo as a child, playwright Future D. Fidel lived in a Tanzanian refugee camp for eight years before being granted refugee status in Australia. Prize Fighter is inspired by his own story and those of the people he has known.

Isa is a young Congolese boxer blazing an impressive career between the ropes. Gearing up for the national title fight, he soon discovers it’s not just his opponents he has to outdo, but the demons from his tortuous past as a boy soldier.

Following the rapturous public and critical response that greeted its seasons at recent Brisbane and Sydney Festivals, Prize Fighter is a rare treat for audiences and comes to Monash University for a strictly limited season.
Arthurs Seat Challenge
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
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.

3 Farmers and a Chef Degustation Lunch
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Join us on a journey in celebration of the flavours of the Mornington Peninsula, that have seen the peninsula voted the 2018 Most Delicious Region. The idyllic and rarely accessed barrel room of the estate will be where seasonal, local produce will be presented with an opportunity to immerse yourself in the local foodie culture.

Meet our 3 Farmers and Chef

Named Australian Young Gun of Wine in 2010 Rollo Crittenden grew up amongst the vines on iconic Crittenden Estate which was first planted in 1982 by his legendary father Gary Crittenden.

Locally born and bred farmer Mark Brancatisiano produces heritage breed animals, heirloom vegetables and tree ripened fruitsold at their farmgate shop in Dromana.

Sixth generation farmer Richard Hawkes is famed for growing the best potatoes.

It’s a family affair at the farm for this former Horticulture Australia Young Leader of the Year.

Chef Michael Cole has been selected as Australia's candidate for Bocuse d'Or, Michael was named Chef of the Year 2017 at Foodservice Australia, and competed in World Chefs in Malaysia in June 2018.

Michael has designed the menu and will personally prepare the feast guests will enjoy.

Tickets on sale now!

An Intimate Lunch: With Anne Ferran and Jennifer Thompson
Date Tue 13th Nov 2018
In Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s personal library at the Bundanon Homestead in New South Wales books share the shelves with works of art.

Learn what Anne Ferran discovered about the Boyd family from the inserts left between pages and hand-written notes hidden within the margins.

The intimate lunch, hosted by the Gallery, will include an exhibition walk through and discussion with Anne Ferran and Jennifer Thompson, Bundanon Trust’s Collections and Exhibitions Manager. Three lucky guests will receive a signed copy of Anne Ferran’s artist book, Artist’s Library.

Your ticket includes light buffet lunch, glass of wine and exhibition walk though.
Clementine Ford on Boyhood: Food for Thought at Tucks
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
What is boyhood? What is masculinity? And how do we begin to dismantle old-fashioned ideas about what boys and men should be and do, in order to build a better future for everybody?

At this special event, fearless feminist author Clementine Ford will spark off an animated night of discussion on gender, entitlement and equality. Ford’s first book was the bestselling manifesto, Fight Like a Girl. At Tucks she’ll share ideas from her new book, Boys Will Be Boys, on the ways we are all harmed by restrictive notions of masculinity.

Clementine Ford will present a 20-minute provocation on the theme of boys and boyhood before guests are invited to discuss her ideas over dinner and drinks.

Later, Ford will speak with host Jamila Rizvi about the themes of her book – masculinity, privilege and power – before opening to audience Q&A and discussion.
Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Bring the family together for a night of excitement and entertainment, creating lasting magical memories for both the young and young at heart, with the lighting of the Christmas tree and arrival of Santa at Frankston’s Christmas Festival of Lights.

The Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights includes a tree lighting ceremony, fireworks display, Rudolf’s market place, Gingerbread lane festival dining, Santa’s House and entertainment Stage.
One Day Retreat in Mornington Peninsula
Date Sun 2nd Dec 2018
A day of feeling good while doing good for Snowdome Charity. Meditate, move, feast, nourish.

Withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the city at Tussie Mussie Vineyard and Retreat in Merricks, Mornington Peninsula, a breathtaking and exquisite piece of nature. Enjoy a day to nourish mind and body and head home clear, calm and connected.
Sand Sculpting Australia
Date Sat 15th Dec 2018 to Tue 29th Jan 2019
Sand Sculpting Australia will be opening at their new venue on the Mornington Peninsula this December. The new home at Boneo Maze offers visitors added extras of beautiful gardens, mazes, giant games, wetlands and optional extras such as mini golf, carousel rides, bungee tramps and more.

Sand Sculpting Australia will be back with their team of world class sculptors to create an incredible exhibition of sculptures, workshops and more.

More details will be released soon so make sure you follow them on social media and check out their website for updates.
Tiffin Lunch Buffet at Nazaaray Estate Winery
Date Sun 16th Dec 2018
The Nazaaray Estate team loves to prove that Indian food does match with wine. Their Tiffin Lunch Buffet is not to be missed.

Watch Tandoor man, Pankaj, create sensational culinary delights. Try matching these single vineyard, handcrafted wines with the spices of various delicious courses. Stroll through 1930's vintage train carriages at cellar door. Meet the winemaker and try his latest releases.

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.
Mornington Carols in the Park
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
Mornington Carols in the Park is a special night out for the whole family. It will be jingle bells all the way, with festivities for the whole family. Carols for 2018 will be hosted by none other than the ABC's Jimmy Giggle along with the Superband and performances by our local schools. There are children's activities, food trucks and entertainment and of course, you better watch out because no Christmas celebration is complete without a visit from the big man himself, Santa Claus.

Mornington Carols In The Park is a fun free event the whole family can enjoy.

Bring your own blanket and picnic, pull up a patch of grass and enjoy a great evening out under the stars with the Mornington community. This Christmas there's really is no place at Christmas like Main Street Mornington.

For more information on Christmas check out the website and the Facebook page.
Mornington Christmas Carols In the Park
Date Sat 22nd Dec 2018
Mornington Carols in The Park is a free event for the whole family with kids entertainment, prizes, giveaways, free entertainment and, of course, Santa. Jimmy Giggle headlined 2017 event and along with some great local performers. Kids activities include Pimp my Balloons roving Christmas characters, Kids Face painting and Food Trucks.

Mornington Carols in The Park is a community event organised by the Mornington Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Main Street Traders and proudly presented by Tony Ladiges at Lad&Lee Property (proud partner of the Eview Group) Mornington.
Woodman Estate New Year's Eve Dinner
Date Mon 31st Dec 2018
Celebrate the New Year in style at Woodman Estate.

Enjoy a five course degustation dining at this charming Lakeside Estate. Relax on the terrace with a glass of Woodman Estate Sparkling before embarking on a taste experience.

Choose to dine in the classic Formal Dining Room, elegant Atrium or stylish Brasserie Restaurant, with white linen cloths and napery befitting your special occasion.

Herald the New Year - 2018 in style. Special dietary requirements catered for.

You will need to get in early as this event always sells out quickly. Bookings are essential.
Under The Southern Stars
Date Sat 12th Jan 2019
Summer rock festival Under The Southern Stars is returning to Hastings 12 January 2019 with a line-up of Australian Rock Royalty. The perfect summer festival celebration.

Under the Southern Stars is excited to announce this year’s return with a huge line up of the best of Australian rock.

Off the back of last year’s inaugural success, the festival is expanding into five new coastal locations as it continues to deliver music lovers the ultimate outdoor live music festival in a quintessential Aussie summer setting.

This year’s 2019 concert event will be headlined by Australia’s legendary ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees, Hoodoo Gurus along with Australian rock royalty You Am I.

Also on this killer bill is Eskimo Joe, The Superjesus, British India, The Getaway Plan and Scott Darlow.

Visit their website for ticketing offers and up to date festival news.

Two Bays Trail Run
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019
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.

Peninsula Film Festival
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019
Held in the summer from 1 to 3 February, the Peninsula Film Festival is one of Victoria's iconic annual film festivals.

Peninsula Film Festival Festival launch will feature an Independent Aussie Feature Film, followed by a Q&A at Rosebud Cinema.

On Saturday 2 February, Village Green, Rosebud will be hosting between 4:00pm and 10:30pm. Bring a friend, a picnic blanket and watch more than 20 short films on the big screen outdoors.

​Peninsula Film Festival advises some films may contain coarse language, nudity or sexual references that may offend. Those under 15 years must be supervised by a parent/guardian.

See website for more details.

Pinot Celebration Australia
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Pinot Celebration Australia, held at the RACV Cape Schank Resort consists of two days of tasting an international line up of Pinot Noir including wines from Burgundy, United States, New Zealand and Australia (including Tasmania, the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula).

Wine commentators will mix with winemakers, growers and consumers to taste, discuss, enjoy, listen and most importantly - to celebrate.

Selected winery restaurants will provide dinners with each menu created to match Pinot Noir.

Both days of tastings will be held at the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula. Please visit the website for further information.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival is the new blues festival ready to rock the Peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula has long been home to a vibrant and energetic blues scene. Now there are plans for a new festival that its organiser hopes will become a major event on the national blues calendar.

The Mornington Peninsula Blues Festival, to be held at Mornington Racecourse on Saturday, February 9, next year, is the brainchild of Peninsula resident Patrick Elliget, the man behind the highly successful Mornington Peninsula Blues Sessions . It will feature Australian rock and blues legends Ross Wilson, Phil Manning along with Chris Finnen, Lloyd Spiegel and Geoff Achison.

Peninsula music-lovers will be able to enjoy food and refreshments courtesy of the Mornington Racing Club . Buses from Melbourne On The Move will be running to and from the festival, with pick-ups and designated stops from Melbourne and Sorrento so your transport options are sorted and you can relax and enjoy a day filled with sensational blues.
Frankston Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Frankston’s biggest summer festival on the waterfront is back.

Bring your family and friends to the bay for two exciting days full of live music, great food, beach and water sports, markets, wine, cider and craft beer.

The Waterfront Festival
Date Sat 16th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019
Frankston’s most anticipated free summer festival is back and set to be bigger and better than ever as it celebrates 20 years of beachside fun for the whole family. This much-loved community event attracts residents and visitors to the sun-soaked beach at the Frankston Waterfront with two spectacular days of live music, beach and water sports, market stalls, delicious food, wine, cider and craft beer.

Highlights include a beer, wine and cider garden, beach and water sports, market stalls, food truck square festival dining and fireworks.
Flinders Polo
Date Sun 3rd Mar 2019
Flinders Polo will allow guests to experience a bespoke afternoon of fast paced 20/20 style polo in a traditional picnic setting, hosted at a beautiful 60-acre property in Flinders.

The meticulously manicured polo field is surrounded by Paul Bangay landscaped gardens in the breathtaking surrounds of the Flinders countryside.
The 91st Red Hill Show
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
This iconic Red Hill Show will be held at the Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Road on Saturday of the Labour Day Weekend.

The Red Hill Show is a traditional country show, it is always one of the state’s most popular agricultural shows and 2019 will be no exception. Celebrating its 91st birthday, the festival will be revisiting the past and putting on a show not to be missed.

There will be Gypsie Cobbs, cattle, sheep, alpacas, poultry, rats and the opportunity to watch the working dogs. Pavilions will be filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, cooking, homemade wines, craft, photography and art.

The woodchop is always sensational and the hot chainsaw races have become a crowd favourite and in 2019, the show plays host to a Victorian Title. As always there will be plenty of free attractions for the family, with the Australian Mountainboarders, Premier's Active April, wildlife encounters, rock climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, circus workshop, fairground rides and more.

Head down and see the only Grand Parade left in any Victorian Agricultural Shows. The event runs from 8:30am to 5:00pm. For more information please see the website.
Peninsula Piers and Pinots
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
Peninsula Piers and Pinots is held on the Sunday of the Victorian Labor Day long weekend on the Flinders foreshore.

Around twenty Mornington Peninsula Vignerons will showcase maritime cool climate Pinots with tastings by the sea in an intimate gathering. Wines will be matched with local food and live music at the event which will be at the finish line of the Piers and Pinots Yacht Race.

Peninsula Piers and Pinots at Flinders will feature Peninsula Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio . Taste more than 60 wines with fantastic local produce to match at the mini farmers market. Entry includes complimentary glass and wine tastings, then purchase wine by the glass or bottle.

Come along and enjoy local music to set the scene and treat yourself and friends or family to a day to relax, enjoy and remember.
Party in the Park
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019
Join Cruden Farm for a free fun day out for all the family at Party in the Park, with exciting activities for the kids including sports, face painting, animal farms and live interactive stage performances.

Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to the community barbecues and visit the stalls for more activities and information on local children's services.
Party In the Park
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019
Cruden Farm is where it is at for kids these April school holidays. Promising a perfect family day out with fun, free, and engaging activities and entertainment for your little ones. Bring your own picnic or grab a bite to eat there and support the community fundraising barbeques.

Highlights include: Mini sports, face painting, animal farm, interactive stage shows, information on local children's services and market stalls.
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.
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.