By Matthew Anderson
March 19, 2016
The natural and beautiful township of Balnarring is only 1 hours drive from Melbourne and situated along the south-eastern region of the Mornington Peninsula. Here, you will find the Balnarring Motor Inn. This budget motel in Balnarring offers a short walk to the local shopping village, restaurants and walking trails yet still managing a peaceful existence nearby, tucked away amongst leafy established gardens.
This comfortably appointed accommodation in Balnarring has the following suite options available for your stay: the Standard Deluxe Room with one queen bed (sleeping 1-2 persons), a Twin Share Room with one queen bed and one single bed (sleeping 2-3 persons), the Spa Room with one queen bed (ideal for 1-2 people), or the Family Unit with two bedrooms, one queen bed and two single beds (sleeping up to 4 persons)
The country-feel Red Hill Bakery (nearby to motels in Balnarring) is highly worth a visit with delicious homemade breads, pies, cakes and woodfired pizza too! Relax into a live Jazz set from 1pm every Sunday or take time out to view one of The Baker’s many art gallery exhibitions on-site.
Those with family friendly dining in mind will enjoy the Heritage Tavern, with cozy open fireplaces, spacious outdoor decking, beer garden and live music and entertainment to enjoy on Sunday afternoons. Or take a day out in the gorgeous surrounds of Stumpy Gully Vineyard, a family run business with an extensive cellar door and Regardz Restaurant set in the midst of the Estates vines and vibrant flowers.
When staying at the Balnarring Village Motor Inn, consider exploring the neighbouring townships of Merricks, Point Leo, Bittern and Somers and weave through the magnificent coastal environment, pristine beaches and popular surfing and swimming destinations.
Balnarring is centrally located to many of the Mornington Peninsula’s best attractions.
An injection of local history can be found by visiting the Briars Historic Park and Homestead, a lovingly preserved home and pastoral run from the 1840s in Mt. Martha. Complete with gardens, historical farmlands and buildings, wildlife sanctuary, wetlands and the charming Josephine’s Restaurant.
Be transported and trawl through quality antique stores in the Mornington Peninsula. Of the several choices available, the Factory Antiques Market is a complex home to an eclectic mix of different antiques and collectables from vintage jewellery and clothing to antique homewares, tools, ornaments and furnishings.
If inclined to seek a round of golf, the Mornington Country Golf Club is a premier golf club with sensational views of Port Phillip Bay. The club offers lessons, junior golf sessions, membership and public access with Pro shop on site, and the Caddyshack Bistro which comes highly recommended.
Top Fun Games is the perfect choice for a stress free day of mini-golf with the family. Only a short distance to Rosebuds beaches, the colourful centre has a 36 hole golfing course, retro-styled arcade and ten pin bowling with full size lanes.
Mornington Peninsula’s boundless coastline presents its visitors with many unique water attractions and adventures. The Moonraker Charters Seal & Dophin Swims in Sorrento is a most memorable experience with a number of swim tours and sightseeing packages.
Other fun activities for you and friends can be sought from Mornington Boat Hire, with stand up paddle boards, fishing boats, kayaks, pedal boats and fishing equipment all read for you to hire at reasonable prices.
Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Garden is home to 10 themed gardens and, most notably, their traditional hedge maze. The landscape is packed with vibrant colour and fragrance to appreciate, with over 1200 rose bushes and 40 varieties of lavender. Complete with fully licensed café and gift shop to enhance your visit.
The rustic and undisturbed beauty of Arthur’s Seat State Park is a favoured destination amongst locals and tourists with picnic facilities, playground and a number of walking tracks. Choose from an achievable hour’s walk to Kings Falls, the Seawinds Garden with sculptures by William Ricketts, or trek to the summit of Arthur’s Seat with uninterrupted views of Port Phillip, You Yangs, Mount Macedon and even the city.
Balnarring and the greater Mornington Peninsula have a limitless amount of great local entertainment. Ace Hi Adventure Park is a brilliant park in the theme of an old Western town and ranch on 200 acres of rolling green pastures. Features include homesteads, wagons, old train carriages, sheriffs’ office, jail house, chapel and livery stable with horse riding, flying fox, rock climbing, and archery to name but a few activities on offer.
The Enchanted Adventure Garden is yet another fabulous collection of gardens but with an edge! Zipline rides high above the parklands, tree surfing courses with aerial obstacles, hedge mazes and tube slides. This garden has activities for thrill-seekers of all ages.
Lastly, the Dromana 3 Drive-In is an amusing throwback to the 50’s with authentic diner and current blockbuster movies screening throughout the year on three enormous screens. Grab a tasty burger and fries and kick back for a nostalgic night at the flicks.
Discover Mornington Peninsula’s exuberant arts scene with a many galleries and studios of prominent artists, painters and sculptors to visit.
The Oak Hill Gallery is a not-for-profit establishment within a significant Victorian-era building with a diverse range of collections within 5 exhibition spaces. Public participation is highly encouraged with art classes on offer for children and adults.
Exhibitions and programs of renowned Australian and International artworks can be viewed at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery. The gallery offers a well-rounded experience with lectures, excursions, workshops and talks held with artists.
Baluk Arts offers a culturally rich exploration of Indigenous Australia with a collective of Aboriginal artists creating sculptures, paintings, jewellery and other products for purchase with many open days, concerts and workshops on offer.