A little slice of all that the Peninsula has to offer, Dromana offers the perfect balance of activities to reconnect with nature, flavour sensations, spectacular views, and play. As many of us stay close to home this season, stay local and support local by rediscovering all that Dromana offers.
Let Nature Embrace You
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this region with some invigorating fresh air on the Two Bays Trail Walking Track. This section of the track starts at beautiful Dromana and winds its way up Arthurs Seat through the national park. It includes sections of the Arthurs Seat State Park with amazing views of Port Phillip Bay, and the delightful Seawinds Garden featuring indigenous and exotic formal gardens and sculptures. Fun fact - The Two Bays Walking Track is one of the longest continuous walking tracks on the Mornington Peninsula. It stretches 26km through a diverse range of landscapes. The whole walk can be completed in a day for walking enthusiasts or split up into multiple walks for those who want to enjoy it in smaller sections. Good maps and local knowledge are available from the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre. Choose your own adventure!
Meet the makers
Time to meet the makers and masters of their craft that make this region great. The Dromana Industrial Estate is home to a dynamic hub of innovators.
If gin ignites your imagination, just next store, you can take a Masterclass at Bass and Flinders Gin Distillery. Delve into the wonderful world of gin and learn its fascinating history. Be guided through the process of blending your own gin recipe from a range of vapour infused botanicals and take home a 500ml bottle to enjoy with friends.
Take your time to explore, taste, and sample your way around the Estate. Perhaps a beer paddle at TWOBAYS Brewery, a cheeky rum cocktail at JimmyRum Distillery, a cider at Mr Little Cider, coffee and cake at Little Rebel Coffee Roastery or a scrumptious tasting platter at Boatshed Cheese. Lunch stop is a must at Jetty Road Brewery for their signature Jetty Road Fried Chicken with red onion & coriander glaze and a ‘Beeramisu’ made with their JRB Milk Chocolate Stout, coffee and mascarpone. If shopping is a passion, uncover antiques, collectibles and vintage finds at the Factory Antique Market just around the corner.
At 4 Carigg Street, discover one of the 16 Aboriginal art works wrapping nbn node cabinets across the Peninsula. The innovative outdoor art gallery represents the talent of 6 local Aboriginal groups, this one called Waters Dance’ by Norrell Doak.
For an outdoor experience like no other, come explore the Enchanted Adventure Garden. An action-packed day of physical activities awaits – the Tree Surfing Grand offers a tree-top climbing tour with over 50 aerial obstacles per course, bridges and 5 zip-lines linked to tree-based platforms sitting up to 10m high. Both ‘Grand Courses’ offer five different levels of challenges, a giant Tarzan swing and rock-climbing wall. If all too much, relax and enjoy meandering the mazes and gardens.
Test yourself against one of the designated mountain bike tracks created in parts of the Arthurs Seat State Park. With parking available at Boundary Road Dromana, Arthurs Seat Road and Seawinds Gardens, you have plenty of choice. Or perhaps a long stroll along Dromana Beach is more your style. Again, the team the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre can help.
Feast days away
Dine in for a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner at one of the many characterful cafes. Explore fine dining at a local winery or restaurant where signature wines can be perfectly paired with seasonal produce. Here are just some of Dromana’s must try flavour destinations.
Start the day right with a nutritious vegan breakfast at Wombat Cafe, their warming porridge is worth the trip! Enjoy stunning bay views and a funky vibe for breakfast at Monkey Business in the Dromana central hub.
Have you been to The Eagle Café? With amazing views and an expansive outdoor deck it is a dream location to dine or try a special picnic created by the Arthurs Seat Eagle team. Glide quietly through the sky in a gondola, with uninterrupted views, framed by swaying Manna Gums, grazing kangaroos, and distant coastlines, you will be truly wrapped up in the Australian landscape.
Found within the historic Heronswood House, Café Heronswood is set among internationally significant gardens and has a seasonal menu that uses vegetables and fruits grown in their gardens. An idyllic location with spectacular views over Port Phillip, you can escape the crowds, relax, and shop for a huge range of plants, heirloom seeds and garden hardware should the mood take you.
Tapas is on the menu for dinner at Two Buoys. A menu all about sharing, have fun exploring the tastes, textures, and flavourful Seafood Paella. Have you ever enjoyed a wine tasting at Crittenden Wine Centre ? Learn about the wines at your own pace in a seated, relaxed environment.
Looking for a change of scenery or break from the everyday, why not consider a getaway or date night close to home. While Dromana offers loads of accommodation choices for every budget, camping to luxury stays, have you been to Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate. Silver medallists in the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards, the three fully self-contained villas are built over the vineyard lake to experience ‘floating’ among the vines. Dinner onsite at Stillwater Restaurant is a great option, just a stone’s throw from the villas, you can feast on a menu crafted by the best of seasonal produce, sourced locally.
Date night just got interesting with a retro flashback at Dromana 3 Drive-In. Re-live a classic era with movies for all tastes. Grab a milkshake or ice cream at 50’s style Shel's Diner, or take it back to your car, to enjoy under the stars.
Or tried them all? Make your own feast and pick up some locally caught fish or plump Dromana Bay mussels farmed just off the Dromana shore from Peninsula Fresh Seafood and pop into The Vegan Dairy for some delicious dairy-free cheeses.
As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local – you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.
Contact one of our Visitor Information Centres by stopping by, or calling to chat with one of our friendly local experts.
Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre
Address: 359B Point Nepean Road, Dromana. Phone: 03 59501579
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