Food & wine touring route
Dandenong Ranges to Mornington Peninsula
Uncover the bounty of the Dandenong Ranges at gardens and orchards across the region. Fill your basket at farm gates and local provedores, or pick your own fruit right at the source. Grab your stock up on strawberries, raspberries and cherries in the height of summer, or visit Rayners Orchards for stonefruit, citrus and quinces as the season cools.
Savour a delectable lunch at Burnham Beeches, a hidden treasure tucked away in Sherbrooke Forest run by Vue de Monde's Shannon Bennett. The place is home to the emu farm that provides the eggs for the famous emu egg omelettes, as well as the herb and vegetable gardens that supply Shannon's Melbourne restaurants.
Travel south to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, and settle into a late afternoon wine tasting at Port Phillip Estate, watching the shadows lengthen over the vines. If you're here late in the week, be sure to visit one of the Peninsula's award-winning restaurants for dinner – 10 Minutes by Tractor or Paringa Estate perhaps.
Stay overnight in the gourmet village of Flinders and experience the contemporary luxury of Quarters at the Flinders Hotel.