During my first stay in Australia, one of the places that consistently managed to elude me was the east side of Melbourne. Being based in the west it always made it easier for me to head out west, down the Great Ocean Road and explore the little known places on that side. This time around though, I finally managed to scratch Mornington off my list. Unsurprisingly, there’s actually a fair bit to do, and some reaaaaaally good food to eat.
Before we had even decided to set out, I’d already prepared myself with my camera ready to take a few pictures along the way. The idea was that we head towards Mornington, stop at a couple of places along the way (and beyond) take some pictures, drink some coffee, eat cake and just enjoy a nice day out in the sun. As we were cramming quite a few places in on a single day, we never really stopped to enjoy some of the various things to do in and around Mornington, or even at other places on the Mornington Peninsula. If you’re looking for inspiration, then I really recommend checking out the travel and tourism website for Mornington Peninsula.
After driving there, and zig-zagging between roads and highways to avoid traffic, we eventually found a park (parking space for the unknowing) and set out to have a look around and take a few pictures. If you’ve been reading the blog before you’ll probably guess that I would head to the coast. Who doesn’t love the ocean? Seriously? Which is where I began snapping.
It was a bright and warm day, as you can probably guess by this picture. We’ll forgive the clouds for their presence, they make pictures look nicer anyway. How clear is the water though? I shouldn’t really be surprised by this stuff anymore, but as a Brit, having seen our coastal waters which are pretty.. disgusting, the clarity of the water is amazing to me.
The designated walking path/trail, or whatever you want to call it actually takes you up to a look out point. That’s where I took the cover image from, overlooking the little boats and the restaurant. The beach is on the other side of the building in the picture too. I also managed to test out my new lens and got a really nice picture of some guys chilling in their boat (the boat in the picture above) but I’m such a nice guy that I’ll save them from embarrassment and keep that one to myself!
Though I said we would forgive the clouds, they did manage to block the sun a few times, granted that if they didn’t it would’ve been far too bright to take this picture. This is essentially the furthest jut of land of the coast at Mornington (if I remember correctly) and I thought it was pretty cool at the time so now you get to see a picture of it.
Eventually we tired of walking. By tired I mean we decided to go and get coffee and something to eat. Rather than go off in search of somewhere to eat and drink we just headed to the closest restaurant to us; the Rocks. As seen here:
Don’t be fooled, this is the BACK of the restaurant. Taken from further up and looking over. I kind of liked the cladding and colour, but the waterside view of the building is even better. The views out of the cafe/restaurant area are also great. Sea front views with food? Can’t argue with that.
The best part though. Being a total snob I had to get a lovely latte, but it was still early. Not quite hungry enough for a full meal. Why not order dessert? So I did! Profiteroles! Not any profiteroles though. Chocolate profiteroles. With ice cream. Coffee ice cream. Covered in melted chocolate. And they tasted even more amazing than they sound. Probably the best dessert ever tasted by anyone, anywhere, ever. If you go here, I highly recommend that you eat them.
After finally stuffing my face with chocolate, we continued our journey down the peninsula towards Sorrento.
I think Sorrento deserves it’s own post though, so instead I’ll just leave you craving sweets.