Once a retreat for the rich and famous, the Mornington Peninsula has long shrugged off its exclusive mantle to become a diverse playground for Melbourne’s millions.
Right on Melbourne’s southern doorstep, the peninsula is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway or a day trip. For, as the spin doctors say with a great deal of justification: whatever the pleasure, the Peninsula can satisfy.
And Somerville, a small community in the central north of the peninsula, is a springboard to it all: safe beaches, spectacular shorelines, lush bushland, jumping resorts, rugged hinterland, fishing hamlets, seductive restaurants, vine-to-vine boutique vineyards, bay cruises and breath-stopping views from lookouts that can be reached on foot, by car and by chairlift.
Somerville is just minutes from Hastings which hosts the Western Port Summer Extravaganza in February. Staged on the foreshore, the annual festival offers live entertainment, aerial displays, charter cruises, stalls, carnivals and fireworks.