One of my highlights along the Mornington Peninsula is a visit to Mornington. I’m not alone with this as many tourists flock here on a regular basis. No matter what the weather, a stroll along the updated Mornington Pier is a refreshing place to be, especially on a wild and windy day. On this occasion it was a drizzling, windy and cold day.
Fishermen frequent the Morning Pier to catch snapper, squid, and Australian Salmon to name a few of the fish caught from the pier. Don’t forget if you are going to throw in a fishing line you require a fishing licence in Victoria to avoid fines. Under the pier you will often see scuba divers admiring the Port Phillip Bay sea creatures, where stingrays are often seen.
Moored to the Mornington Pier are fishing boats and fishing charters and nearby many other beautiful boats and yachts of all different sizes. The boats make the area a photographers dream to visit, especially with the colourful beach boxes along the Mornington Beach. On extremely rough days photographers will be seen taking photos of the waves crashing on the pier. This is truly a spectacle to be witnessed.
About Mornington Pier
The Pier was originally built in the 1850’s when luxury paddle steamers bought wealthy holiday makers from Melbourne to Mornington. The paddle steamers offered the holiday makers live entertainment, bars and for those ladies wanting to be pampered a hairdresser salon. Some would stay in Mornington for the day, ladies using the colourful bathing boxes which line the Mornington beach. Others would stroll through the beautiful Mornington Park situated up the hill from the pier as you walk to the Main Street of Mornington. Then their were those that made Mornington a holiday destination and stayed the night or longer.
Imagine what a gorgeous setting this would’ve made, if only paddle steamers still made the journey across the Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne.
On the Mornington Pier you will find information boards providing you with the history of this popular tourist hot spot.
Mornington Pier facilities
- Car Park
- Public Toilets
- Boat Mooring
- Fishing Charters
- Great spot for fishing/scuba diving
- Nearby hilltop walks, Mornington Park, beach, shops, bars, restaurants and cafes
Why would I visit Mornington Pier
There are lots of reasons to visit this picturesque seaside town of Mornington along the Mornington Peninsula with the Mornington Pier just one of the attractions. From dining in the nearby restaurant or cafe as you look out onto the pier and watch the sail boats and fishing boats bobbing up and down in the water. On a sunny day water sport enthusiasts bustling around happily doing their thing. Fishermen trying their luck. Bathers on a warm day flocking to the sandy beach lined with colourful beach huts. The beach is relatively small but sheltered.
Stones throw from the Mornington Pier is the hilltop walk offering panoramic views across Port Phillip Bay and the neighboring beaches. From the hill top walks a picnic or a stroll in the Mornington Park is a great place to spend time with family and friends.
After relaxing on the pier and the surrounding areas a walk down the Mornington Main street to check out the boutique style shops, cafes, bars and restaurants is a popular place to explore.
Now, where to start, there are way too many things to list, to name a few, along the Mornington Peninsula are gorgeous beaches, surf beaches, wineries, mazes, Peninsula Hot Springs, Dromana Drive In, chairlift at Arthurs Seat, numerous places to walk, cafes/restaurants, breweries. If you head to Sorrento you can take the ferry across to Queenscliff, you can even take your car.
Below are just a few of the places we’ve explored on the Mornington Peninsula, click on the links to learn more:
- Rosebud Pier, Victoria, Australia
- Mount Martha Beach, Victoria
- Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Victoria
- Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza, Victoria
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach & Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria
Mornington Pier Location
Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington, Victoria
- Approx. 75km, 1hr from Melbourne CBD
- Approx. 22km, 24mins from Arthurs Seat lookout
Where is your favourite place to explore in Victoria, do you have a special place along the Mornington Peninsula you like to visit? We’d love to hear about your experiences.