The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour from Melbourne and combines the best in coastal living with typical Aussie charm. Spend lazy days exploring art galleries and stopping at cafes in breezy seaside villages, such as Mornington, Sorrento and Flinders. Or, escape to the hinterland around Red Hill to enjoy gourmets delights, more than 50 boutique wineries where you can sample the region’s famed pinot noir. There's also the chance to simply relax, with a wealth of luxurious day spas, peaceful gardens and thermal springs. Just across the sea, on Phillip Island, watch penguins on parade, spot seals lazing on the rocks and enjoy spectacular strolls along cragged coastlines to delightful sandy bays where surfers catch the Pacific swells.