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The land that is now the Point Ne­pean Na­tional Park played an im­por­tant role in Vic­to­rian his­tory, serv­ing as a mil­i­tary fort and quar­an­tine cen­tre. (Free en­try. park­web.vic.gov.au). Try the Flin­ders Cove Mo­tel, a tra­di­tional mo­tor inn. (Rooms from $100. flinder­scove mo­tel.com.au). Or­der fish and chips from The Baths in Sor­rento – a restau­rant built on the site of the old Sor­rento Sea Baths. (Packs from $12.50. the­baths.com.au). The Port­sea Ho­tel is a Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula land­mark above the Port­sea Pier. (Drinks at pub prices. www.port­sea ho­tel.com.au)


MP Ex­pe­ri­ence’s Danielle Field takes vis­i­tors on a pri­vate Hid­den Gems tour of the re­gion’s gourmet food pro­duc­ers. (From $390 p/p. mp­ex­pe­ri­ence.com.au). Tussie Mussie Vine­yard Re­treat is a Proven­cal-style es­tate in Mer­ricks North, with The Vine­yard Lodge, The Old Laun­dry and the Vine­yard Cot­tage of­fer­ing a choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion. (From $400. tussiemussie.bou­tique re­treats.com.au). Pierre Khodja, ex­ec­u­tive chef at the Flin­ders Ho­tel, will make any night a spe­cial oc­ca­sion with his menu at Ter­mi­nus. (Two cour­ses $65. flin­ders ho­tel.com.au). Drop into Port Phillip Es­tate and en­joy a glass of wine from the cel­lar door – the Port Phillip Es­tate, Kooy­ong or Quartier la­bels are avail­able – and a shar­ing plate from the kitchen. (Shar­ing plates from $21. port­phillip es­tate.com.au)


Tree Surf­ing is a new ropes ad­ven­ture – ne­go­ti­ate ae­rial ob­sta­cles, zip lines and a Tarzan swing – set in the scrub of the Sculp­ture Park at The En­chanted Maze Garden in Arthurs Seat. (Adults $59, chil­dren $39. treesurf­ing.com.au). There are 48 ocean view and pre­mium ocean view rooms at RACV Cape Schanck Re­sort, with th­ese com­fort­able ac­com­mo­da­tions sit­ting on the side of a coastal hill to pro­vide un­in­ter­rupted views across the beach to Bass Strait. (Rooms from $176. racv.com.au). Pier Prove­dore, in the main street of Flin­ders, is a mod­est cafe that makes good cof­fee and de­li­cious French­style baguettes. (Baguettes $9.50, mac­arons $2.50. 38 Cook St, Flin­ders). Spuntino Bar at T’Gal­lant is the place to ‘‘gaze and graze’’ in the Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula hin­ter­land, with Ro­man-style pizza the per­fect snack to go with a glass of the es­tate’s best vino. (Pizza from $16. tgal­lant.com.au)

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