family activities

There are plenty of things to do on the Peninsula that are family friendly and lots of fun! 

Local Beaches

When you stay with Truemans Cottages you are in close proximity to many beautiful beaches. Ask us about the best beaches for relaxation and surfing.

Gunnamatta Trail Rides

Have the experience of a lifetime with our trail rides, including twilight and early options.

Frankston Sand Sculptures

Until 25 April 2017 be amazed by "Lands of Imagination" sand sculptures on Frankston Waterfront. Open in all weather conditions from 10am - 6pm daily.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

This adventure wonderland includes mazes, tree surfing, tube slides and more!

Dromana Drive-In

See the latest blockbusters, in a choice of two sessions, from the comfort of your car!

Peninsula Hot Springs

Enjoy more than 20 bathing experiences in the Bath House – even the kids will relax!

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

U-Pick season is from November to April, so pick yourself a tasty punnet or two.


Beach Comber Boat Hire

Hit the water with a hire boat, surf ski, kayak or skim board. Rods are also available.


Ashcombe Maze Garden

This magical location includes a hedge maze, lavender labyrinth and miles of gardens.


Boneo Maze & Mini Golf

With so many activities – such as a maze, mini golf and games – your day is covered!

Rain, Hayne & Shine Farmyard

Get up close and personal with some our farmyard animals and enjoy a hayride.

Moonlit Sanctuary

This award winning sanctuary is home to 10 hectares of bushland and native animals.

Mornington Peninsula Wineries

Visit the wealth of wineries in the area surrounding Truemans Cottages – stay for a tasting or bring a bottle home!

Red Hill Estate & Max's at Red Hill Restaurant

Known for their views of Western Port Bay and fine wine, this vineyard is a must-visit.

The Cups Estate

The food is designed to be shared amongst friends and is served in the centre of the table in keeping with the European style of eating.

Horseback Winery Tours

An enjoyable trail ride that stops at an elite selection of beautiful wineries which all have purpose built mounting yards.

T’Gallant Winery & Café

Visit the cellar door and enjoy something to eat in La Baracca Trattoria or Spuntino Bar.

Red Hill Brewery

Enjoy European beer styles in this fantastic microbrewery – light meals are available!

Tucks Ridge Winery

Know for being the Peninsula’s favourite winery, enjoy great food and terrific wine.

Crittendens at Dromana & Stillwater Restaurant

A must-visit on any wine tour of the Mornington Peninsula, enjoy award winning drops.

Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove

Their philosophy is a warm welcome, finely crafted wine and food that feeds the soil.

Paringa Estate Winery & Restaurant

This is one of the most awarded wineries in Australia, notably for Pinot Noir and Shiraz.

Day Spa & Indulgence

The Mornington Peninsula is the ideal location to relax the mind, body and spirit with many day spas to choose from. We can even organise an in-house massage for you!

In-House Massage with Kiri

Did you know that you can get a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your cottage? View our special offer

Ella Bache Beauty Salon

Located opposite the beach in beautiful Rye, the salon offers massage and spa treatments.

Peninsula Hot Springs

For the ultimate in luxury, book in a treatment at the adults only Spa Dreaming Centre.

Mornington Peninsula Chocolates

Satisfy your sweet tooth by watching chocolates being made and then sampling them!

Unique Impressions Flowers

These blooms are the perfect gift for someone special or can brighten up your cottage.

Bogarts Limousines

From winery tours to hotel pick-ups, a limousine is always the perfect way to travel.


The Mornington Peninsula is home to some of the best all-weather golf courses in Australia. Now, just which ones to play....

The Dunes

This is an 18-hole course situated on more than 300 acres of gently rolling sand dunes.

Moonah Links

Located in nearby Fingal, this scenic course also has an onsite restaurant and golf shop.

St Andrews Beach Golf

A Tom Doak designed golf course on the Morning Peninsula.

Portsea Golf Club

This modern 18-hole course offers spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay.

Sorrento Golf Club

Although this is a private golf club, there are limited tee times available to visitors.

RACV Cape Schanck

This 18-hole championship course and driving range is the perfect place for relaxation.

Rosebud Country Club

With 2 amazing 18-hole courses to choose from, you’ll be able to spend days in the sun.

Flinders Golf Club

This club is more than 100 years old – but you couldn’t tell from looking at it!

Mornington Country Club

If you’re looking for breathtaking views each time you tee off, this is just the course for you.

Markets,Galleries & Gardens

There is a great array of markets, crafts and artisans to delight all who venture to the Mornington Peninsula.

Heronswood House

Wander the beautiful gardens, pick up some plants or dine in the onsite restaurant.
Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm

McCrae Homestead

The historic property was built at the bottom of Arthurs Seat and also houses a museum.
Open daily from 12pm to 4pm

Tyabb Packing House Antiques

Explore more than 5000m2 of antiques, old wares and other vintage specialties.
Open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm

The Briars Park & Perfumed Garden

Enjoy one of the finest floral displays in Australia when you visit the perfumed gardens.
Open Monday to Sunday, times vary

Marion Rozetsky

See the stunning Persian inspired patterns that Marion paints on her tiles for yourself.

Whitehill Gallery

After viewing the modern and contemporary artworks, stroll around the lush gardens.

Coolart Wetlands & Homestead

Get the very best of history and nature when you visit the Coolart Historic Area.
Open daily from 9am to 5pm

Mornington Markets

There are markets held throughout the region each weekend, check to see what’s on!

Oz Original Art Gallery

The gallery is committed to supplying fine Australian artworks from various artists.

Manyung Gallery

Known as one of Melbourne’s largest and longest running contemporary art spaces.


You will find a great selection of restaurants and eateries right at your fingertips when you stay at Truemans Cottages.

Le Bouchon

Unpretentious & French - previously unthinkable but perfectly delivered at Le Bouchon. Located at Balnarring, with a casual atmosphere that is right at home on the Mornington Peninsula.


Enjoy dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 6pm.


Milbri is an Espresso, Restaurant, bar located in Rosebud.


Modern Asian fusion style resturant.

Cakes & Ale

Set in the main street of Sorrento, Cakes & Ale bistro is the creative work of close and successful restaurateur friends, who skipped the big city to bring their urban edge to this beautiful place by the sea.

Rosebud RSL

Enjoy a drink in the lounge or sports bars, and bring the family to dine in the bistro.

La Porchetta

Located in Rosebud West, this family friendly restaurant serves tasty Italian cuisine.

on the sea

Sail your days away, swim to your heart’s content or enjoy a ride on the ferry – so, grab your beach towel and get going...

Queenscliff Ferry

The trip between Sorrento and Queenscliff takes around 40 minutes – take your car!

Polperro Dolphin Swim

Come face to face with gorgeous Bottlenose Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals!

Moonraker Seal & Dolphin Swim

Cruise and swim tours available – see Bottlenose Dolphins and Australian Fur Seals!

French Island & Phillip Island Ferry

Why not visit popular French Island or Cowes on Phillip Island  during your stay?

Relax Go Fishing

Want to land a snapper or spend a fun day with friends? A fishing carter is for you!

Pro-Line Charters

With a variety of fishing charter options to choose from, you’ll be sure to land a big one!

Horse Riding

The Mornington Peninsula boasts a host of horse riding opportunities – gallop along the golden sand or through the vines.

Ace-Hi Ranch

Choose between scenic, forest and bush‘n’beach trail rides. Riding lessons are also available.

Gunnamatta Trail Rides

Have the experience of a lifetime with our trail rides, including twilight and early options.

Arthurs Seat Trail Rides

Located in beautiful Arthurs Seat, these trail rides mostly take you through the bush.
Ph: 5989 2766

Outdoor Activities

Enjoy bike riding, national parks and picnic areas galore – there is so much to do that you'll have fun planning where to start first!

The Park @ Point Nepean

Visitors can walk, ride or even take a tractor ride to the old Fort for amazing bay views.

The Enchanted Adventure Garden

Play to your heart’s content in the mazes, gardens, tubes slides and tree surfing!

Cape Schanck Lighthouse & Boardwalk

Get a taste of history when you visit this historic lighthouse and picnic in the grounds.

Moonlit Sanctuary

Whether you visit during the day or at night, see Australian animals in their habitats.

French Island National Park

Accessible only by ferry, this national park is a true haven of peace and serenity.

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Enjoy tasty strawberries and even pick your own from November until April.

Ashcombe Maze Garden

Spend the day exploring the hedge maze, lavender labyrinth and the lovely gardens!

Stay with us!

Truemans Cottages on the Mornington Peninsula are ideally located to meet the needs of the whole family.