It was 2pm on a Sunday afternoon and me and a group of friends had just finished a late brunch at a cafe. We wanted to go somewhere. Our minds were set on leaving the city but we thought it might be way too late already. We didn’t want to spend massive amounts of time in a car and no time at all at wherever place we where heading to.
Our waitress overheard our conversation and came with a suggestion – Dromana on Mornington Peninsula. We had no better ideas, so soon thereafter we left the café and headed towards to the car. With us we had a crumpled note with a few names of places she thought we absolutely shouldn’t miss.
You’ve probably figured it out by now, but it turned out our waitress was totally right. After a surprisingly short drive we arrived in Dromana. It’s what you’d call a sleepy, sea-side town nestled by the sandy beach of Port Phillip Bay. Pause at the beach if you’re in the mood. If you’re more in the mood for relaxation, stick to the beach. If you’re in a more adventurous mood then head out to the end of the pier. That’s where all the cool kids are hanging.
We were in no mood for swimming, because we were already hungry again. I got the crumpled note out of my bag and led us to Dee’s Kitchen, barely a short walk from the beach. This place turned out to be worth the trip all on its own. The food was simply spectacular. So spectacular in fact that we completely forgot to take pictures of it – we were way too busy enjoying the food. I have been back since, and my parents appointed this the food highlight of their 6 week Australia trip. And yes, we forgot to take pictures that time too… You will simply have to take my word for it.
Once happily fed we got back into the car and sped up the hill that can be seen as a backdrop behind Dromana, Arthur’s Seat. If you are, like me, a sucker for views you’re in for a treat. There’s several look outs next to the winding road to the top. Stop, breath and snap a picture. Hey – snap two while you’re at it! Some days when the weather is clear you can see all the way to Melbourne. The outlines of Melbourne CBD looks like a mirage far away on the horizon. Incredibly dreamy if I get to say so myself. And I do. But hey, don’t stay on the road side lookouts too long – we’re going higher up and there’s more views to be seen.
When you’re at the top, take a right towards Seawinds Gardens. If you go straight you end up at a restaurant and rest stop with an incredibly touristy feel to it where there are very little views to be, well, viewed. Avoid it. Seawinds Gardens instead is a lovely park with beautiful landscapes and, you guessed it, two more lookouts. It’s the perfect spot to bring a picnic and hang out an afternoon in the shade of a tree. If you’re lucky you might spot some kangaroos as well. We almost stumbled over the biggest one I’ve ever seen and we stood there flabbergasted for a good 5 minutes before it got bored with us and jumped away. I mean, just look at those arms. That kangaroo had to be on steroids, right?
Are you a bit tired of views yet? We were at least. With our stomachs full of fantastic food and heads brimming over with pretty views, we hopped back into our car and headed home again. In the end it turned out to be just the perfect Sunday afternoon day trip away from Melbourne.
Mornington Peninsula. See map
19 Pier St Dromana VIC 3936
(03) 5981 4666