7 of the best things to do with kids on the Mornington Peninsula

Hedges of Ashcombe Maze

Tianna Nadalin

Posted April 07, 2021

There’s plenty of fun to be had for the whole family on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. 

Looking for a family-friendly holiday destination that has sparkling beaches, beautiful wineries, gourmet restaurants and activities galore, and is just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne?

With a myriad of things to do for the whole family, Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is the ultimate kid-friendly weekender.

Here is our guide to some of best things to do with kids on the Mornington Peninsula. Plus, RACV members save on tickets at a range of local attractions when booking directly through RACV Attraction Tickets.

7 of the best things to do with kids on the Mornington Peninsula

Make friends with wildlife at Moonlit Sanctuary

Koalas might not actually be bears, but they’re just as cuddly. Find out first-hand at Moonlit Sanctuary, where you can cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos and meet some of Australia’s most intriguing wildlife – including wombats, dingoes and colourful birds.

As well as up-close animal encounters, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful native flora in the eco-tourism destination’s stunning bush setting. Book Now.

Hit up Boneo Discovery Park

Get into the swing over a game of mini-golf at Boneo Discovery Park. The professionally designed 18-hole course will see you dodging boulders and weaving through cascading greens in an effort to achieve a hole in one.

After teeing off, explore expansive wetlands, go for a bounce on a jumping castle or play a giant game of chess, snakes and ladders or noughts and crosses. Book Now.

Get your fill at Green Olive 

Tuck into local produce over a family feast for four at Green Olive in Red Hill. The pretty rural setting is the perfect backdrop for this rustic restaurant, where a farm-to-table philosophy underpins the seasonally inspired menu.

On arrival, you’ll be treated to an olive tasting platter loaded with house-marinated olives, home-made olive oil, tapenade and fresh ciabatta bread, followed by your choice of six seasonal tapas dishes that hero estate-grown ingredients, accompanied by a glass of wine – or soft drink for kids. Book Now.

Get lost at Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens

If you ever watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and wanted to get lost in a warren of Triwizard proportions, live out all your wizarding fantasies at Ashcombe Maze, Australia’s largest traditional hedge maze.

Planted more than 40 years ago, its labyrinth of more than 1000 cypress trees, set over thousands of metres of pathways, now stands more than three metres tall and two metres thick. Book Now.


Ride high on an Arthur's Seat Eagle Gondola. Photo: Visit Victoria.
Enjoy a family feast at Green Olive at Red Hill. Photo: Visit Victoria.
Spot fur seals on a wildlife cruise. Image: Chris Bray.
Enjoy close encounters at the Moonlit Sanctuary. Image: Alamy.
Stay and play at the award-winning RACV Cape Schanck.

Sail away on an Arthur’s Seat Gondola Ride

Go for a gondola ride in the sky aboard Arthur’s Seat Eagle. See the bay in all its sparkling glory from above as the 15-minute journey takes you to the highest vantage point on the peninsula.

Keep an eye out for wildlife as you glide over the state forest in state-of-the-art cabins, taking in the breathtaking bird’s-eye views of the stunning hinterland and beyond.

Spot seals and dolphins on a wildlife cruise

For a day of epic sightseeing and adventure, head on a Rip Eco Adventure Wildlife Cruise for the chance to see dancing dolphins, playful fur seals, gannets and seabirds galore. 

Take in the scenic views and magnificent coastline on a 12-person RIB boat providing unobstructed views that will entertain children and adults alike. Book now. 

Kick back at RACV Cape Schanck Resort  

Stay close to the action at RACV’s idyllic Cape Schanck Resort. If you need a break from exploring, the five-star resort has plenty of options to keep children of all ages entertained.

From heated pools and tennis courts to games rooms and playgrounds, the kids can run wild while the adults kick back over a glass of local wine at Samphire or a relaxation massage at the architecturally designed One Spa.

RACV Members save 25 per cent off standard room only and bed and breakfast accommodation rates when booking direct. Book Now.