Red Hill Hinterland Retreats
Away from the coastline and the busy towns of the bay, the hinterland at the heart of the Mornington Peninsula is a gorgeous area home to rolling green countryside, orchards, farms, vineyards and breathtaking vistas of Port Phillip Bay. Villages such as Red Hill
, as well as the nearby localities of Main Ridge
and Merricks North
are peaceful and quiet havens surrounded by an excellent range of holiday cottages, bungalows and farmhouses.
Red Hill is a delightful village set amid gentle hills, hobby farms and vineyards. Some of the area’s best wineries operate close to Red Hill and offer cellar doors, wine tastings, restaurants, gardens and sweeping views of the coastline. Popular wine varieties produced in the fertile soil of the Mornington Peninsula include shiraz, chardonnay and pinot noir, as well as more exotic styles such as pinot grigio and pinot gris. Vineyard operators love sharing their passion for wine with visitors and can explain the wine making process, the types of wine varieties available and can also tell you what food goes best with their wines.
Foodies will also love a visit to the area around Red Hill. Some terrific local produce emanates from the region with meats, cheeses, poultry and fruits and vegetables all known for their freshness and quality. Visitors can take to the orchards and pick their own cherries, strawberries and raspberries, or simply stop in and grab some strawberry ice cream or a delicious blueberry pie. The local chocolate factory is a big hit with kids and sweet tooths, while dairies and cheese makers offer a number of mouth-watering cheeses, as well as excellent organic milk products. Farm gates around the region have an amazing array of fruits and vegetables for sale, and are also known for offering quality free-range eggs. Local markets are held regularly in the area and are a great chance to stock up on supplies and talk to local famers and producers.
Red Hill is a great base for a trip that includes plenty of fine dining. Local restaurants, bistros and cafes use local produce liberally and are often set in beautiful surrounds amid the gum trees, country lanes and farm lands of the area. A number of highly regarded fine diners operate near Red Hill, while cafes and general stores are also known for their use of local produce and make a great option for relaxed breakfasts and lunches.
Other popular activities in the area include bushwalking, mountain biking, horse riding and taking long drives in the hills. The nearby villages of Main Ridge, Merricks North and Red Hill South
are also ideal for a stay in the area. The coastline fronting Port Phillip offers gorgeous holiday centres such as Blairgowrie
. The shoreline of Western Port is also within reach and is home to attractive villages such as Flinders
Red Hill is just an hour’s drive south of Melbourne
via the M1, Mornington Peninsula Freeway Arthurs Seat Road. Rail services from Melbourne run as far as Frankston
, with connecting bus services available to the Red Hill area.