Travelling Victoria – Mornington Peninsula (yes, part 3)

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You know what I absolutely love about Mornington? I’ve been three times in the last year and a bit and I have never done the same thing!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie

This time? Well, it was a Hen’s weekend away for the Australia Day long weekend, yes another girls trip – amazing!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
So yum!

This time? I didn’t have to organise a thing and it was incredible! Shout out to Eliza for your hard work, god it was fun.

Mornington Peninsula - Cups Estate Winery
Winery tasting

So we arrived on the Saturday for lunch in Red Hill. Red Hill is a small community on the Peninsula and is known for great bushland scenery and wineries. Our lunch destination wasn’t a winery, but it was better! A smokehouse. Red Gum BBQ was delicious and definitely for those who loved smoked meats, even the salads were amazing!

Mornington Peninsula - Red Hill
Mornington Peninsula – Red Hill

They do say a meat and a side would fill one person, but if you’re going for lunch and aren’t extremely hungry, a meat, fries and two salads will be plenty to share for two! Also, beware the loaded fries are amazing and massive in portion size! The service was great, which is always a bonus.

Mornington Peninsula - Red Hill
Red Gum BBQ – beef brisket

So where did 13 of us stay for the weekend? In an amazing beach modern house in Blairgowrie, it was seriously beautiful! If you’re looking to hire it, you will find it on Trip Advisor!

Mornington Peninsula - house
Amazing house, huge inside!

The host even left as a big packet of chips, some bread – which was handy one drunken night – tim tams (yes I nearly ate all of them on my own) and some coffee along with a few other goodies – how sweet!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Huge living areas

The house had a huge deck, which was perfect for our amazing cocktail and grazing board party, which was actually a wake because yes we had a Hen’s funeral – mourning the loss of the maiden name, but celebrating the new surname and married life, which will be taken by the bride soon!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie

But where do you go out on the Peninsula? Well, there are a few places, but our first night’s destination was the Portsea Pub, which has just been renovated and is amazing, you can’t beat the view from the back of the venue!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Funeral time

Hot tip – vodka red bulls are only $10, same price as vodka, soda or whatever else, that is a bargain!

Mornington Peninsula - Cups Estate Winery
Chels, beautiful

After a certain time, the DJ starts and it turns into a mini nightclub, so good! Definitely, recommend the Portsea Pub so any different reason. Whether it is going out for dinner, having a quiet drink or having 10 not so quiet drinks, it is a great place!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Funeral shot

Our second day of adventures led us to St Andrews Beach Brewery, the stables of Lee Freedman. We had our own private stable, the one of Miss Andretti for cheese and drinks – even if the first two sips were average.

Mornington Peninsula - St Andrews Bach Brewery
Miss Andretti’s horse stable

Shout out to Garry for driving us around for the day, it was a great way to get around with a large group!

Monington Peninsula - St Andrews Beach Brewery
Group shot!

Next destination Cup Estate Winery for a wine tasting. My favourites included Cups Cuvee and their sparkling Shiraz – and I don’t usually like red wine. Then it was onto the lawn for more cheese, meat, wine and a view of the beautiful vineyard and olive trees, their olives were amazing too!

Mornington Peninsula - Cups Estate Winery
Candid Al!

Last stop for the day? Sorrento Hotel – again beautiful! A very old pub with great ocean views and a lot of different areas to drink and be merry!

Mornington Peninsula - Sorrento
Good place for food and a boogie!

For dinner, we had our own board room to enjoy the last few songs of the Triple J’s Hottest 100 and the duck special was amazing!

Mornington Peninsula - Hotel Sorrento
The duck was amazing!

Again like the Portsea Pub, Sorrento Hotel has a DJ playing later in the night for those who want to kick on – but wait there is more! Downstairs they have a mini nightclub playing great music! That was definitely our find of the night.

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Bratty babe

Hot tip, when leaving the Sorrento Hotel, don’t try to ask the bouncers for a lift home in the courtesy, they won’t do it. But do start singing goodbye to everyone as they leave with this song, they will leave 100% happier and it was proven to stop fights.

Mornington Peninsula - Cups Estate
Those olives! Cups Estate Winery

Then it was home to make amazing discoveries, well mainly one. Fairy toast! With the bread left by our amazing our host and the fact, they also had 100’s and 1000’s in the cupboard so we made fairy toast, not bread – if you don’t know what fairy bread is, google it.  What a way to end the night!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Champagne breakfast

Before leaving the beautiful Blairgowrie, make sure you head to the water, it is so close to this house in both directions.

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
Morning swims

What an amazing weekend with amazing people – that is what road trips and weekends away are about!

Mornington Peninsula - Blairgowrie
The beautiful hen!

Have more time in the Peninsula? Check out my other blogs!

Travelling Victoria – Mornington Peninsula (more exploring)

Travelling around Victoria: Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula - Cups Estate Winery
Happy on wine



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