Experience local with new eyes – create your own winter bucketlist
As winter arrives, what better season to appreciate your own backyard, stay close and immerse yourself in all that our local region has to offer. Winter is the perfect opportunity to rediscover local, uncover new experiences and work through that must-do-bucket-list. Here’s just a few ideas we have collected, some of our local favourites to awaken your winter senses. Support local by visiting and experiencing local.
Feast by a fireplace
Stay warm and enjoy a meal at one of our many characterful restaurants or cafes. Sample a new brew on tap or savour a sip of one of our best wines. Take a gin flight to rediscover the craft of our local distilling businesses. Whether it’s food, wine, craft brewing and distilling – support local business and share the abundance of local experiences with visiting friends and family.
A hub for creativity, the Peninsula is home to a diverse range of makers and creators, galleries and artist studios waiting for you to discover local art and craft again. Support our local musicians by attending a gig and reconnecting with the live music scene. Through your support, our local arts industry can continue to rebuild their momentum.
With winter seasonal produce now on the menu, support local farmers, farm gates, green grocers and butchers by sourcing all you need to feed the family with slow cooks and warming meals made with fresh in-season essentials.
Try your hand at becoming a chocolatier. Master the art of pasta making. Dabble in pottery. Craft your own gin. COVID has taught us to slow down and appreciate the small things. Foster your curiosity and build your skills by challenging your creativity and culinary skills with winter wonders that will reconnect you with your community.
Let a local coffee keep hands warm, rug up and explore the natural rugged beauty of nature in winter. Take a walk in one of the stunning coastal or bush settings of the region. The Mornington Peninsula is home to an abundance of walking trails waiting to be explored with fresh eyes. Why not walk the Bay Trail? See beautiful sandy bay beaches and Port Phillip waters, this walk offers 24km of natural beauty. Invest in some study walking boots (locally of course) and walk to Pulpit Rock – this dramatic scene will inspire whatever time you visit. Climb or bike to the top of Arthurs Seat and see the region in new ways.
For local walks details, and great insider knowledge, pop into your local Visitor Information Centre – they are there to help locals too!
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.