One evening, as I was falling into the rabbit hole that is Instagram, I stumbled upon the beautiful account of Happy Glamper, a business that offers beautiful tent and caravan experiences, also known as glamping in the Mornington Peninsula area.
I immediately decided that I just had to go glamping, and booked us in for an October weekend away.
The Mornington Peninsula is one of our favourite destinations in Victoria. Only an hour-and-a-half drive from Melbourne, we regularly hire a car and take day-trips during the summer months, although we’ve never camped there before.
Literally all you have to do is book your tent/caravan through Happy Glamper, choose your campground and book your site, and then get yourself there.
Happy Glamper do all the rest.
They set up your tent before you arrive, pack it down after you leave, and keep you informed throughout the process. We opted for a 5m bell tent, which included a queen bed (with sheets, pillows, duvet, and woollen blanket), a towel and chair each, LED lantern, indoor and outdoor mats, magazines, and a board game (we got Bananagrams and had too much fun making up our own rules!). The tent also came with a combination lock to keep everything secure.
Glamping in the Mornington Peninsula
If you book a powered site, you also get fairy lights, power points, and the option of an electric blanket. As much as I really wanted those fairy lights, we chose a non-powered site, so we could be as close as possible to the beach.
After doing a bit of research on the available campgrounds, we decided to stay at the Point Leo Foreshore. Quiet, secluded, and right on the beach, Point Leo was the perfect spot for us.
Our tent opened out to beach views; we were close — but not too close — to the toilets; and the kitchen, bathroom and BBQ facilities were all only a short stroll away.
The campground is nestled in a nature reserve, and the site is run by a friendly and welcoming Ranger, who didn’t miss a beat in terms of the comings and goings in the area. We felt really safe and comfortable staying here.
While we had excellent weather during our weekend, the nights were cold! We were grateful for the woollen blankets, and once we got into bed, were snug as a bug in a rug.
I also found it a huge novelty to be able to stand up in our little tent.
Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens
I love a good maze, and Ashcombe did not disappoint! The grounds are stunning, the staff are friendly, and there was plenty to see and do including: two hedge mazes — one of which is the oldest in Australia — a rose maze, woodland gardens, a beautiful gazebo, the lake, and a lavender field.
Main Ridge Dairy
After seeing pictures on a friend’s Facebook account a few months ago, I was desperate to visit the baby goats at Main Ridge Dairy.
Main Ridge makes cheese using goats milk, and offer tastings, workshops, and tours on selected weekends. Unfortunately we weren’t able to book in for a tour, but decided to go for a look anyway.
The kids live in a field right next to the car park, and we were lucky enough to be able to not only see them, but pat them, and watch them interact with each other. They were so cute!
Boneo Maze & Mini Golf
Mini golf is one of those activities that we always try and find whenever we go to new places. As the name suggests, Boneo is home to both a maze and mini golf course. But, as we were a little mazed out, we opted to just play mini golf.
The course was equal parts fun and challenging, and I managed to get a pretty decent score for a change.
What’s for eating?
Fish and Chips: In my opinion, you can’t have a beachside weekend without including fish and chips at some point. The Mornington Peninsula has plenty of chippers to choose from, so you’re spoilt for choice here.
Ashcombe Maze: Also home to a cafe, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast at Ashcombe before our maze adventure. Their menu was impressive, the food was fresh and well cooked, they offered good coffee, and we didn’t have to wait long for our food. Win-win.
Flinders General Store : In the town of Flinders, the general store is well-equipped with nearly anything you could want: fresh locally made bread, drinks, fruit and vegetables, cheese and preserves; a well stocked fridge and freezer; and regular grocery items. We stocked up with some pastries and fruit for breakfast in our little tent.
Mezzy Pizza: If you’re in the Mornington Peninsula area (near Flinders), I would highly recommend giving Mezzy a go. The husband-and-wife team who own the restaurant welcomed us in like family, and they have the option to dine in or take away. Best part? Their pizza was soo good.
In a nutshell
We had such fun glamping in the Mornington Peninsula and spending a quiet weekend by the beach. Even if camping isn’t your jam, the area is rich in nature, beaches and wildlife; and there are plenty of little towns to choose from, all offering a range of accommodation options.
If you’re in or near Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula is only a 1.5hr drive from the city, so you can totally head over for the day to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle.