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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2012
20 | www.probussouthpacific.org E ach summer, Melburnians head south to relax on any of the dozen beaches of their favourite playground, Mornington Peninsula. The lucky ones set up camp in one of the brightly coloured bathing boxes that line the shores of Port Phillip Bay and add to the area’s genteel, old- world atmosphere. The peninsula has been a popular holiday spot since the first grand hotels opened in Sorrento and Portsea in the 1870s, and wealthy city folk built gracious mansions overlooking the sea. While always busy in summer when the population doubles from its normal 150,000 dwellers, the peninsula is ideal all year round thanks to its stellar cool-climate wines and a growing reputation for gourmet restaurants and farmgate goodies. A 90-minute drive from Melbourne, the peninsula is a perfect daytrip destination, but staying a few extra days allows time for other pursuits like golf on one of the 18 courses, a soak in an outdoor pool at Peninsula Hot Springs, a hike to Cape Schanck Lighthouse or stopping to smell the roses at Australia’s oldest maze. Lapped by the ocean on three sides and measuring a mere 40km long and 20km wide, the peninsula sure packs a punch. Delicious drops Crammed into the hinterland between Port Phillip Bay and the quieter waters of Western Port are no fewer than 200 boutique vineyards (pundits claim that there are more vineyards per kilometre here than anywhere else in Australia) and 60 cellar doors. The region’s signature drop is pinot noir, while chardonnay is also a headliner, along with pinot grigio and shiraz. Winery restaurants cater for all tastes. One of the most rustic is Box Stallion, where the Red Barn cellar door once housed thoroughbred stallions, and the tRAveL DoMestic The lucky ones set up camp in one of the brightly-coloured bathing boxes that line the shores of Port Phillip Bay and add to the area’s genteel, old- world atmosphere. Come summer, Mornington Peninsula's iconic bathing boxes are prime real estate, writes caroline Gladstone. Hot property
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