We spent the Queen's Birthday long weekend on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula at my in-law's beach house.
When we visit the Mornington Peninsula in the warmer months we tend to spend the days on the beach and not stray far from the beach house. However we decided that this weekend was a perfect time to explore a bit more of the stunning Peninsula.
We visited Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and Peninsula Hot Springs, two absolutely incredible family-friendly attractions that the kids (and Pete and I!) just loved.
Below are all the details! I hope you had a sweet and happy long weekend with your fam! xx
When we arrived at Sunny Ridge the kids were delighted to hear that the U PICK strawberry picking was open. The warm lead up to Winter meant there are ample strawberries to be picked and Suzie, Sunny Ridge's friendly Operations Manager, said they thought there might be berries right up until the end of the July school holidays!
The little ones loved exploring the strawberry fields and discovering the berries and ensured they filled their punnets to the very top!
Once we had finished in the strawberry fields, we found a table in the Dessert Cafe and ordered some cakes and drinks. Ava and Alex were so impressed with the Belgian Hot Chocolates as they
got to 'make' these themselves by pouring the warm milk into their glasses filled with chocolate buttons.
We tasted the Apple Pie (from Johhny Ripe's, Red Hill's famous bakery), the house-made Churros and Waffles, which were all were served with the most delicious pots of strawberries, homemade vanilla bean ice cream and belgian chocolate sauce. DELICIOUS!
After our feast we finished in the gift shop, picking up some strawberry cookies, begin chocolates and jams to take home.
It was the sweetest morning and we absolutely can't wait to return to Sunny Ridge again soon!
We finished off the long weekend at the incredible Peninsula Hot Springs, Victoria's only natural hot springs.
Pete and I had visited the Hot Springs not long after they opened, but we hadn't taken the kids before. We opted for the 'Pizza and Bathe' package which includes a gourmet pizza of your choice in the Bath Cafe and geothermal bathing in the Bath House.
The kids absolutely loved exploring all the different pools, from the Hydrojet pool by the lake, to the cave pool and even the reflexology walk. Their fav pool was of course the 'magical' cave pool.
After an hour and a half soaking in the warm and relaxing pools it was time for lunch and the pizzas in the Bath Cafe could not have been more delicious. Being a public holiday the Hot Springs were super busy but we didn't have to wait long for our pizzas and hot chocolates. It was a perfect family lunch to enjoy on a winter's day following the bathing.
It was the most relaxing family day out and I highly recommend a trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs to anyone visiting the Peninsula. We look forward to returning soon!