Thursday, 8 March 2018

Travel Diary: Flinders, Mornington Peninsula


A couple of weeks ago my partner and I took a little road trip to spend a two nights in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. I had an accommodation voucher from my job to use and I wanted to use it as an opportunity to explore a part of my state that I haven't before. 



I've spent a lot of time around one the Rosebud/Rye/Sorrento part of the Peninsula, but I've never spent any time on the other side. We stayed in Flinders, just 90 minutes from Melbourne and explored a few places around Merricks, Shoreham and Main Ridge.

             

Although we did spend a lot of the weekend napping (we are sleep deprived puppy parents at the moment), we also managed to fit in some beach time and even more eating time. The beach was just a couple of minutes away by foot from our hotel. The water looked so clear and inviting but the temperature wasn't quite hot enough for us to venture in.


We always make a point to research the best restaurants and cafes when we're somewhere new. We ended up trying a lot of great places, we managed to spread lunch out into three different venues one of the days. The area is full of adorable cafes and beautiful vineyards. We had no trouble finding great spots. 

              

Our three stop lunch started at Green Olive (see duck and sunflower pictures), a farm where you can sit down for a meal. We sat outside, surrounded by zucchinis and pumpkins growing, overlooking a vineyard and lake. We stopped in for coffee before heading to Main Ridge Harvest (pictured above on the right). It was an adorable cafe with a little market section selling all kinds of kitchen and bathroom goods. We had a vanilla slice and a cannoli, because sometimes you just need dessert before your main meal. Our last stop was Merricks General Wine Store (pictured above on the left) where we had a look at the art gallery next door before both getting steaks. After all of that food we got back and fell right into an incredible food coma.


Above: adorable outdoor seating at Main Ridge Harvest.
Below: Flinders beach.


Other restaurants worth mentioning are St Andrews Beach Brewery (for the cheese platter alone, oh my god). One of the best meals of the trip was the Braised Lamb Gnocchi from Cook and Norman in Flinders. It was so good that I couldn't keep Alex away and he ended up eating half of it. It was sad at the time but it meant I was hungry enough to have dessert. I had the Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta which was so good.

         

It was a beautiful little getaway and it was exactly what the doctor ordered. I loved visiting somewhere that was only a couple of hours away from home but still brand new to me.


Thanks for reading! This is my first travel/photo diary post and I hope you enjoyed it x
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