What's on Mornington Peninsula, August 2019

August 25, 2019 / By Eleanor Scott

Peninsula Hot Springs Peninsula Hot Springs

Spring may not be here yet but there’s still lots to do on the Mornington Peninsula this weekend. From soaking in hot springs to visiting the bustling Sorrento Makers Market of the Indigenous art exhibitions at Everywhen Artspace, there are plenty of things worth getting out of the house for, even if it’s raining.

Red Gum BBQ’s Gin Flight BBQ Night - 23 August

When it comes to good barbecue, there’s one place in Mornington Peninsula that always delivers and that’s the Red Gum BBQ and Beer Hall. Smokey meats like melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket and pulled pork are served up inside a former machinery shed, which has been transformed into an airy, industrial-chic space with gorgeous skylights and indoor picnic tables. 

The drinks list is top-notch, with most of the wines coming from vineyards only an hour or two away. But to satisfy the cravings of gin lovers, they’re also hosting a special crossover night this August with the incredible Bass & Flinders Distillery. Attendees will touch, smell and taste some of gin’s finest traditional and native botanicals, which have been paired with select barbeque meats. Get in quick as places will fill up fast.

Sorrento Makers Market Sorrento Makers Market

Sorrento Makers Market - 24 August

Sorrento is always brimming with activity but never more so than when the Makers Market comes to town. On August 24, Ocean Road will be transformed into a vibrant open-air shopping district filled with all sorts of intriguing goodies. From bespoke silver jewellery pieces by Smallprint to handmade jam preserves and chutneys from Joys of Red Hill, there are plenty of things to discover and taste. The market will be open from 9 am till 2 pm, so get down there bright and early to make sure you don’t miss out.

Narelle Fraser: Retired Melbourne Detective @ Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron - 24 August

Discover what it's like to be a Police Officer from a female perspective, along with incredible stories from Narelle Fraser. A member of Victoria Police for 27 years, she's dedicated much of her career to working on high profile investigations, including child abuse and sex offences. You'll enjoy a two-course dinner while you laugh, cry and conquer disbelief at Narelle's amazing life journey. 

Everywhen Artspace’s Winter Salon: Warm Hues + Winter Lights exhibition – until 31 August

Mornington Peninsula has never been afraid to embrace its arty side. From small gallery spaces in Sorrento to lively events like the Peninsula Film Festival and the Mornington Main Street Festival, there’s much more to the area than meets the eye. 

Everywhen Artspace in Flinders is the perfect example. The team behind the gallery constantly exhibit a rotating roster of Indigenous art from more than 30 Aboriginal art centres across Australia, along with select abstract contemporary pieces. 

Their current show, Winter Salon: Warm Hues + Winter Lights, features lush palettes from eight regions, including rich Kimberley ochres by Patrick Mung Mung and Mabel Juli, as well as Ernabella ceramics, ceremonial poles and other carvings from Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands, plus much more. It’s not to be missed.

Sweetwater Nature Reserve Sweetwater Nature Reserve

Share the Warmth at the Peninsula Hot Springs

There’s no escaping it – winter can be pretty gloomy. But sometimes it’s more than that. Mental health is complicated and knowing how to help your friends or family with any issues they might be struggling with isn’t easy. That’s why Peninsula Hot Springs have teamed up with Mentis Assist and Mental Health Australia for their winterlong ‘Share the Warmth’ campaign. 

You can bring along someone experiencing stress or mental hardship to your own bathhouse session for free – because there’s nothing quite like a little rest and relaxation to help take your mind off things. And with several hot spring pools, an underground sauna and sprawling countryside views to enjoy, the Peninsula Hot Springs has certainly got that covered.

Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve Boardwalk

Mornington Peninsula has an abundance of great walking trails and just because it’s a bit cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them. Winter is the perfect time to go a little further afield than your standard beachside stroll and discover some of the great inland tracks the region has to offer. 

Stretching across the foothills of the Frankston Reservoir to Port Philip Bay at the base of Olivers Hill, the Sweetwater Creek Nature Reserve is particularly beautiful during the colder months. There’s also a handy boardwalk that makes it easy to wander through the park’s 13 hectares of protected bushland and immerse yourself in the ephemeral magic of a frostbitten forest.

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