Alex and I are Departing Melbourne for the weekend and heading away with family to the Mornington Peninsula.
Alex and I will be camping at the Rosebud foreshore for the night before cutting across the peninsula to Sorrento Ocean Beach.
The temperature today will be a sizzling 35 degrees (celsius). Tomorrow an even more sizzling 41 degrees (celsius).
Not sure if the beach will be a good idea tomorrow in 41 degree heat, but for tonight, it should be a perfect beach evening and possibly cooler by the beach with a sea breeze if we are lucky.
It is Saturday morning and Alex and I haven’t packed a thing so we race around like headless chooks sorting out the camping gear. Our camping gear for this overnight trip only really means the tent (and pegs etc), air mattress, air pump, doona, pillows, mozzie coils and a change of clothes. This means we don’t leave till late morning but the trip to Rosebud should only take us just over an hour, given most of the trip will be along the Eastlink (the M3).
“Welcome to the Mornington Peninsula” says the sign as we reach Frankston.
The Mornington Peninsula according to Wikipedia:
“The Mornington Peninsula is a peninsula located south-east of Melbourne, Australia. It is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south, and is connected to the mainland in the north. Geographically, the peninsula begins its protrusion from the mainland in the area between Pearcedale and Frankston. The area was originally home to the Mayone-bulluk and Boonwurrung-Balluk clans and formed part of the Boonwurung nation’s territory prior to European settlement.
The peninsula is primarily a local tourist region, with popular natural attractions such as the variety of beaches both sheltered and open-sea and many scenic sights and views. Other popular attractions include the various wineries, mazes and the diverse array of water sports made available by the diversity of beaches and calm waters of Port Phillip and Western Port. Most visitors to the peninsula are residents of Melbourne who camp, rent villas and share houses or stay in private beach houses. It is known simply as “The Peninsula” to locals and Melburnians alike, giving rise to the expression “going down the peninsula”.
We arrive in Rosebud and decide to begin our beach weekend with fish and chips for lunch from Ninth Avenue Takeaway Fish and Chips. A visit to the beach is never complete without a visit to the local fish and chip shop.
Rosebud according to Wikipedia:
“Rosebud is a seaside town on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia, approximately 75 km southeast of the Melbourne City Centr. It is wedged between the lower slopes of Arthurs Seat, the shores of Port Phillip and the plains of Boneo. Rosebud is a very popular tourist resort with families who appreciate its sandy beaches and shallow waters.
Rosebud is shielded by camping grounds lined with banksia, tea tree and sheoak. During the summer months and as late as Easter campers can be found in these areas. Rosebud is one of the main towns on the Mornington Peninsula mostly because of its shopping areas.
Rosebud is very popular for its weekend markets, including craft and vintage markets.
Rosebud is also known for its fresh produce and there are many market growers in the area, including the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm that allows people to pick their own strawberries.
The foreshore area of Rosebud is one of the largest camping areas on the peninsula. During the summer months the populations of Rosebud and Dromana can double is size. Making a very touristy feel.”
After lunch we meet up with the rest of our group which includes my brother, his girlfriend and one of their mates.
We are all camping tonight but we haven’t yet booked a camping spot. We head to the foreshore office to sort out a campsite. Because it is late January, and the school holidays are finished, we will be easily able to get a spot but its not always like this. Camping sites are generally available from the end of October to April. There are 665 sites available, both powered and non-powered, all with great access to the beach, amenities and various shops. During busy periods you need to book well in advance.
At this time of year one campsite area will fit all 3 of our tents for a total cost of $39 for the one night… so cheap!
The Rosebud Foreshore Reserve is a natural foreshore reserve of approximately 7km long which covers the area in-between Point Nepean Road and the beach, giving the camping area direct access to the beach.
We have a toilet block close by and the shops are across the road. The shops across the road include a pub – which could be handy if we were that way inclined tonight.
The afternoon is spent in and around Rosebud area. There are lots of activities located in close proximity including mini golf, shopping, pubs, Rosebud pier and of course the beach which is where we finish our day and enjoy the beginnings of a beautiful sunset.
Dinner options are also pretty varied including the option of cooking at camp (no thank you), fish and chips (did it for lunch), or visiting a local pub or restaurant (which is what we end up doing).
After dinner we finish our evening sitting around our campfire…well…sort of… we sit around an illumination of citronella candles. Yeah, yeah, its not your normal campfire but it is a weekend of total fire bans which means no open flames. Ok…technically our candles have an open flame. Our candles do the job and we enjoy an alcoholic beverage around our campfire planning our day tomorrow.
For next Mornington Peninsula post see Mornington Peninsula: Sorrento Ocean Beach, Victoria