As gateway to the Peninsula, Mornington has a great deal to offer. It’s not just a place to pass through though; there’s many reasons to stop and enjoy what there is on offer. Here’s some of our favourite places in Mornington for recreation.
Pine Avenue Reserve, 36 Mariners Retreat, Mornington
This is a great place to start – especially for the furry member of your family. This park is securely fenced and allows dogs off leash. It’s a great venue for playing with your dog, as the times we have been there, everyone has been relaxed and friendly, whether they are dog owners or just enjoying the park. There are plenty trees to keep your dog’s nose fascinated and letting him mark his territory but there are also seats and tables for the two-legged animals to sit and share a coffee or even a picnic. Near one of the gates is a water tap which caters both to the dogs and their owners. Bring your own poo bags, though as these are not provided.
Fossil Beach, Esplanade, Mornington
Another one for the furry member of the family, but a great place to visit with or without your dog. This is an off the leash beach, making it perfect for running or long games of fetch. While this is not the sandiest of beaches (and you may want to wear diving shoes or similar), it is still a great place to wander and spend some time. If you do take your dog, you need to be aware that the off leash area is only that section of beach – your dog needs to be leashed when you arrive and leave. Again, remember your responsibility and bring the poo bags – it makes the experience pleasant for everyone. You might also want to spend time looking for fossils – the name’s not just for show – there are fossils along the cliffs of the beach.
Mornington Memorial Park, Barkly Street, Mornington
As the name suggests, the key feature of this park is ‘memorial’ and in fact, there are a number. The Mornington Memorial Park is pretty special in that it has separate memorials for the major conflicts that Australia has been involved in, not just the two World Wars. There is even a garden remembering all the prisoners of war. Given this, Memorial Park is the venue for local ANZAC Day remembrances, and as such is a significant local venue. While chiefly a memorial, there is also a playground at one end with slides, a climbing wall, balance beam and other play equipment which will delight the kids.