Naomi McIntosh

For Naomi McIntosh and her family, the Mornington Peninsula lifestyle is second to none. Their day starts with sunrise over Western Port Bay and ends with a bushwalk or visit to a nearby beach. 'It is a perfect place to unwind and connect with nature,' Naomi says. 'This helps to keep a clear mind and remain grounded.'

Along with the region's fantastic food scene, the connections with like-minded people are a real drawcard for the team at Chief's Son. 'This support network is an incredible resource, providing inspiration, collaborations, ideas and authenticity to everyone's craft or skill,' Naomi explains.

Chief Son's Distillery was established in 2013 and bottled their first batch of single malt whisky three years later. Head to their Moorooduc tasting room to sample both their core and specialty range, and jump on a tour of their working distillery. Take home a tasting pack or bottle to enjoy later.

Discover Naomi’s favourite foodie spots and nature escapes on the Mornington Peninsula.

1. Canadian Bay Beach

This quiet beach a short drive from the main village shops of Mount Eliza is a local secret. The clear water is perfect for snorkelling and the beach has city views across the bay. After a day at the distillery, Naomi likes to come here for picnic dinners on the beach and a stand-up paddleboarding session.

2. Flinders

This picturesque town has a historic streetscape, gourmet dining, boutique shops and art galleries. Naomi's advice? 'Eat ice cream, walk out on the pier to spot the manta ray and weedy sea dragons, then have dinner at Flinders Hotel.' Sounds like the perfect day out to us.

3. Stumpy Gully

This family-owned winery produces 11 varieties of wine and has a sensational restaurant onsite. 'It's our go-to celebratory restaurant, with some of the best fare the Peninsula offers.' Sample the seasonal à la carte menu for lunch or dinner.

4. Moorooduc Railway

Naomi cites this local bike track as an excellent day out for adults and kids alike. 'It runs along the old railway line, past farms, horses, llamas and wetlands, giving a snapshot of what makes our area so unique.' Take to two wheels to experience it for yourself.

5. Beer, Cider and Spirits Trail

Renowned for its gourmet dining, the Mornington Peninsula is jam-packed with craft breweries and boutique cideries and distilleries. Innovative makers experiment with flavours and brewing techniques to create artisan brews, fresh-pressed ciders and small-batch spirits. Hop on the trail and drop into any cellar door that tickles your fancy – be sure to add Chief's Son Distillery to your itinerary.

"We live in a location that's among nature, the coast and some of the best produce Victoria offers."

— Naomi McIntosh, Chief's Son Distillery


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