Local Escapes

4 New Places To Visit On The Mornington Peninsula This Summer

By Ben Tyers
10th Dec 2019

It's been a little delayed, but summer is finally here. That generally means time in the sun, hitting up the beach, and some extremely cold beverages had in good company.

Like a lot of Melburnians you might find yourself down on the Mornington Peninsula over the warmer months, whether it’s a crisp red up at Red Hill, fish and chips by the beach around the bottom half of the bay, or even just a beer at the pub—good times are guaranteed.

So, if you’re heading south for the summer, here are 5 new places to hit up once you’re down there.

Wowee Zowee


Mornington has definitely upped its game over the past few years, and new joint Wowee Zowee is taking it all to the next level.

The bar comes from the team behind Windsor staple Yellow Bird and is a great spot to spend a few warm summer nights.

Fried chicken is the hero here, alongside a range of vegan snacks like the Broc‘n’Roll which comes on a bread roll stuffed with spiced broccolini, cashew, and salt and vinegar chips.

Ten Minutes By Tractor

Main Ridge

Yes sure, Ten Minutes By Tractor isn’t a new name on the Peninsula, but after a devastating fire back in 2017, Ten Minutes By Tractor has risen from the ashes with a brand new restaurant.

With executive chef Adam Sanderson (The Fat Duck, Noma, Cutler & Co.) at the helm, you can expect dishes like kangaroo en croûte, caramelised cauliflower, black cherry, and grilled greens or the slow-cooked Bundarra pork belly and loin, smoked eel, kohlrabi, elderflower, green mizuna.

Jimmy Rum


Victoria’s first dedicated craft rum distillery has found a home in Dromana.

The industrial estate in Dromana is no stranger to excellent spirits, with Bass & Flinders distillery just around the corner.

Jimmy Rum produces four different types of rum, Barbados, Navy, Silver, and Oaked. All produced by founder—and rum oracle—James. Head in this summer for a proper rum education.

Chiefs Son Distillery


Keeping the spirits theme going, it’s definitely worth checking out Chiefs Son Distillery if you find yourself on the Westernport Bay side of the Peninsula.

Having opened in late-2018, Chiefs Son is a family-owned and operated distillery that is producing small-batch, single malt whisky.

Chiefs Son is open daily for tastings, 11am to 4pm.

More Mornington Peninsula joints to check out:

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Image credit: Wowee Zowee

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