Are you wondering where you can go to get sweeping views of the Port Phillip Bay? If you are then this is the place to come. It’s also a relaxing place to have a picnic or a refreshment. There’s so many things to do nearby.
This is one of my Mums favorite places to visit. As a child growing up her grandparents lived in Rosebud which is nearby to Arthurs Seat. Mum has fond memories of having many a picnics here and lots of family photos taken at this popular tourist spot. Perhaps you can make this a childhood memory for your children or a memorable place for yourself.
Make sure you stop at the look out points as you make your way up the windy road, its here you get the best views. Unfortunately some of the views at the top are becoming overgrown but they are still great and well worth the trip. On a clear day you can see the Melbourne CBD sky rises.
At these lookout points you can learn about the history and the significance of Arthurs Seat. Did you know that Arthurs Seat was named by Acting Lieutenant John Murray in February 1802 when he entered the Port Phillip Bay on board the HMS Lady Nelson? Captain Matthew Flinders climbed Arthurs Seat in April 1802?
About Arthurs Seat
Arthurs Seat is a main tourist attraction on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s here you see sweeping views of not only the Port Phillip Bay but also of the Mornington Peninsula. If you drive up the windy road which opened in 1929 from the freeway you will see spectacular views as you wind your way to the summit.
Once you reach the summit there’s a number of car parks which in peak times, school holidays and summer time fill up very quickly.
The area is surrounded by natural bush land. If you are adventurous there are walks to go on. You might even see the beloved Australian Native kangaroo’s There are areas where you can plonk down a picnic rug and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with friends and family.
Arthurs Seat Eagle Chairlift
You will find the very popular Gondola ride at the top of the summit near the car parks. You can opt for a breathtaking return Gondola ride down the mountain and take in the beauty of the Mornington Peninsula.
The original chairlift was built in 1960. In 2006 the chairlift was closed due to safety reasons, in 2013 the chairlift pylons were removed and the top stations demolished. Fortunately for locals and tourists in 2015 construction works began for the new existing Gondola ride. Arthurs Seat is now complete again!!
Tip, check prior to going if the Gondola is running and book online tickets to ensure you are not disappointed on arrival. Due to strong winds the Arthurs Seat Eagle is sometimes required to close.
At the summit you will find a cafe, a great place to recharge your batteries.
Arthurs Seat Eagle Base Location
- 1085 Arthurs Seat Roda, Base Station, Dromana, Victoria 3936
- Approximately 88km, 1hr 5mins from the Melbourne CBD
Arthurs Seat Location
Approximately 90km, 1hr 10mins from the Melbourne CBD
Below are just a few of the nearby attractions. The Mornington Peninsula has so much to offer. It is certainly one of our favorite places to explore.
- Beautiful beaches
- Surf Beaches
- Golf Courses
- Hot Springs
- Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
- Dromana Drive-In
- Strawberry Farms
- Cherry Farms
- Passenger/Car ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliffe
How Long Should I Spend on the Mornington Peninsula?
This is a place you could easily spend a number of days exploring the different beaches especially in summer time, from the back surf beaches to the calm swimming beaches. If you love wineries you’re spoilt for choice!!
The Mornington Peninsula is extremely popular with campers who love to camp alongside the beaches in the foreshore caravan parks. Its a must to book well in advance for peak seasons. This is a place where campers revisit year after year.
We love to hear stories about others experiences whilst they’ve been exploring this beautiful world. If you have any adventures you’d like to share with us, we’d love to hear from you.