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The Mornington Peninsula is a popular beach getaway located just an hour to the south east of Melbourne. Beaches with calm waters, quaint seaside towns, gourmet food experiences and a good taste of Victoria's indigenous flora and fauna make it a good place to escape the bustle of Melbourne. A population of about 150,000 live on the Peninsula, but this number swells to over 250,000 during the summer months.
The Peninsula stretches for some 40kms in a southerly direction from Frankston in Melbourne's south-east and is about 15-20 kilometres wide. It is sandwiched between Port Philip bay on the west, Western Port Bay on the east and has the Bass Strait to the south.
Some of the popular towns on the Peninsula are listed below.
You can catch the regular suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston. From Frankston, there is also a V/Line train to Hastings and Stony Point on the eastern side of the Peninsula.
From the center of Melbourne drive along the Monash Freeway (partially toll roads), then onto Eastlink (a toll road). At the end of Eastlink, merge onto the Frankston Freeway briefly, then continue along the Mooroduc highway and Mornington Peninsula Freeway.
From Melbourne, you can catch the train to Frankston. Bus number 788 services the peninsula right down to Portsea, leaving from the Frankston train station. Several other bus services (781, 784, 785) service parts of the peninsula along the Nepean Highway.
Two vehicle/passenger ferries operated by the Searoad Ferry Service run between the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula. They depart from Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and arrive at Sorrento.
Bus number 788 services the peninsula right down to Portsea, leaving from the Frankston train station. Several other bus services (781, 784, 785) service parts of the peninsula along the Nepean Highway.
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