Valerie Wilson Travel

Mornington Peninsula, Australia

Just a one-hour drive from Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula has long been known as Melbourne’s summer playground. Framed by two spectacular coastlines, the region offers some of Australia’s best food and wine, golf, adventure and leisure activities. Gourmet Traveller calls it an “ideal food lovers’ weekender”, but beyond the selection of sumptuous food and wine, the region’s array of surf and sheltered bay beaches, natural hot springs, national parks, and the region’s rating as Australia’s top golfing destination, contribute to the perfect mix of coastal and country reverie.

Fun Facts:

  • Just 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of Melbourne, Mornington recently became the most visited day-trip destination in the state of Victoria.
  • The Mornington Peninsula is home to more than 50 wine cellar doors. Pinot noir and chardonnay are the region’s specialties, however shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio are beginning to share the spotlight.
  • The region is packed with local growers and producers. It is home to one of Australia’s largest strawberry producers, Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can pick your own berries from November to June.

Where We Would Stay: Jackalope Hotel


A new standard in luxury accommodation, Jackalope Hotels’ debut property promises an experience to remember. Set on a pristine vineyard amid the Mornington Peninsula wine region – only one hour from Melbourne – intoxicating rural acreage frames a hotel unique in both destination and design. Highlights include 45 designer dens, immersive wine and culinary experiences and a striking, black 30-meter infinity pool overlooking the vines. Jackalope recently opened a monumental art installation called “Rain Room”, housed at the Jackalope Pavilion in St Kilda. An ethereal architectural statement, the Jackalope Pavilion is a creative and artistic space, through which Jackalope can showcase public art and activations in an urban context. The launch of the Pavilion and decision to bring Rain Room to Australia also supports a key part of Jackalope’s undertaking to bring internationally significant art to Australia.

Our Exclusive Amenities for 2020

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary full breakfast for two guests per bedroom daily
  • $100 USD equivalent Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Complimentary use of hotel car service, within 15 km radius
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

For additional information, contact a VWT Advisor or [email protected]