I love Autumn on the Peninsula, The summer crowds have eased and mother nature starts to get a bit moody. I want to share with you 5 things I love to do during Autumn here in my home region, The Mornington Peninsula, and hopefully give you some ideas to get out with your family and enjoy the season.
- Seawinds- Arthurs Seat State Park – I love Seawinds in all seasons but Autumn has to be my favourite time to visit. The deciduous trees provide hours of fun! Playing in autumn leaves, throwing and crunching them. It’s an amazing sensory experience and the bay views from Seawinds are breathtaking. Always a great free Autumn day out. More information can be found here.
- Red Hill Show – The 88th Redhill Show is on Easter Saturday, March 26th. A fun family day at the show will cost $50 for a family ticket (2 x adults and 3 x children), which includes all the traditional agricultural show things like animals, wood-chopping, music, demonstrations, baking, arts and crafts. For the kids there is a huge range of options like the Kids Adventure zone that has includes free activities such as a kite workshop, catch-a-duck, circus workshop and fire rescue challenge. Plus, free face painting, jumping castle and pony rides. More details here.
- Red Hill Epicurean- With the change of season our weekend lunches generally start to move indoors, seeking somewhere warm and cosy to shelter from the potentially windy and rainy Autumn weather. Red Hill Epicuran is the pick of the bunch as it utilises delicious local produce and is a huge space. Once the Red Hill cool store, it dates back to the 1920’S. There is an extensive local wine list and the kids yummy fish and chips were delivered in individual boxes, which was a cute touch. More info here.
- Flinders Blowhole- Another free Autumn idea, the Blowhole is located on Blowhole Track off Boneo Road (opposite Razorback Road). There are amazing views of the scenic rocky coast line and Bass Straight. The walk down to the water is via a wooden boardwalk, with the Blowhole itself situated at the end of Elephant Rock. Autumn is a great time to visit as its just so moody and theatrical down there. Its breathtaking and my kids love watching the water squirt up through the blow hole. Visitors are advised to take extreme care in this area as the rocks can get slippery and large waves have been known to wash over. I’ve always felt safe there and just kept to the designated tracks. More info here.
- Frankston Arts Centre- You don’t have to be in Melbourne to experience a live performance. Just on our doorstep, the Frankston Arts Centre which is hosting a kids show as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Sean Murphy presents Kids Party Confidential. It’s a wild ride through the highs and humiliations of the best birthday ever. Equal parts stand-up, storytelling and riotous celebration, this is a show that educates and entertains kids and (their parents). You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe, you’ll learn how to tie an incredible balloon sword! Suitable for adults and kids ages 5 to 12. Date: Monday 4 April, 11am. Tickets: $15. Also coming to Frankston Arts Centre is The 52-Storey Treehouse, 19 & 20 April 2016. Book online here.