Mornington Peninsula Chocolates is a small manufacturer of exquisite handmade award winning chocolates using Belgian, French and Swiss couverture. Combining the latest and traditional techniques from Europe to create their own unique style. With several gold medals under their belt as well as winning the ultimate Chocolate Champion trophy for 2008 at the Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards and for 2011 at the Royal Sydney Fine Food Awards, these are chocolates you do not want to miss out on. Visitors can witness professional chocolatiers producing the exquisite chocolates through a viewing window and truly live the chocolate experience. It is here only, that you can appreciate the passion and drive that goes into making every single chocolate. Their expert staff will happily enlighten customers in the processes of chocolate making, the sheer health benefits of eating exceptionally good quality chocolate as well as introducing their extensive range of Origin chocolates that come from different parts of the world. Catering for small and large businesses, corporate gifts, birthdays and weddings, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates can customise that special occasion with personalised chocolates for any event. Situated in the new home of Flinders Village and close to many tourist attractions, charming cafes, exclusive boutiques and the fabulous picturesque Golf Course, Mornington Peninsula Chocolates completes a magical destination to remember forever. Please contact Mornington Peninsula Chocolates for further information or view their website.
Named after its mushroom shaped reef, Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary protects 80ha of the open coast of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Composed of sandstone rock platforms extending from the shore, the park includes sheltered rock pools, coves and a shallow reef on the ocean side. The reef is formed from ancient basalt which has weathered beautifully, allowing creatures to hide within crevices and cracks or under loose rocks. This area is famous for its diversity of marine life and has attracted scientists for over 100 years. The intertidal soft sediment is an important feeding and roosting habitat for many birds. When searching the rockpools one can find many crabs, multicoloured cushion seastars, numerous species of snails and delicate anemones. The seafloor (2-3m) is covered with canopy forming brown algae and patches of seagrass which attract many species of fish such as morwongs, wrasse, cowfish and Victoria's marine emblem, the Weedy Seadragon. If you're lucky you may be able to spot a Black and White Seastar. This amazing creature is one of only two seastars known to brood its young in its stomach. Before you go Conditions can change in parks for many reasons. For the latest information on changes to local conditions, please visit the relevant park page on the Parks Victoria website. Be bushfire ready in the great outdoors. Refer to the Bushfire Safety section on the Parks Victoria website for tips on how to stay safe.
Founded over 100 years ago, the Flinders Golf Club remains one of the most scenic and accessible golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula. Built along a stunning stretch of cliff-top land overlooking Bass Strait and Western Port Bays, The Flinders Golf Club welcomes members and visitors seven days with the Pro Shop open from dawn 'til dusk. Flinders is perhaps best described by Peter Thomson AO CBE, 'Flinders is in a fine family of golf, a distant cousin of Pebble Beach and a relative of Muirfield, that is always best played in wind on salt sprayed turf with a view of the blue sea.' Competitive Green Fees and stunning Clubhouse views help make Flinders a great option for golfers of all standards. With tight fairways and demanding approaches to greens, this well manicured course provides a true test of traditional shotmaking and course management skills.
It is truly a great find, for a touch of the exotic visit the micro-boutique Nazaaray on the Mornington Peninsula. Open every fortnight. and tucked away down a side asphalt road you stumble across it unless you are setting out to discover it. You are greeted by a quirky scarecrow or run over by a very happy, friendly Labrador. Sheeba is delighted you are visiting and just about rolls out the red carpet for you. She is in one of the " Wine dog books" and you should ask about the ditties dedicated to her. Rustic Nazaaray has beautiful views from an enclosed deck overlooking Green's bush and will serve light food such as soups, salads or a small spicy curry. Cold days mean you can sit around an open fire in a drop slab hut. Bangles, Bhangra and Bollywood dancing, all add up to their legendary quarterly event, please view their website and join their mailing list. Seventeen years old vines grow in red clay basalt and Paramdeep's patience produces a mean award winning drop, served at some of Australia's most discerning restaurants. Seeing a turbaned Sikh winemaker often makes for curiosity being aroused and many a colourful conversation in the train carriage cellar door. To avoid monoculture the vines are interspersed with Australian natives and a minimalistic approach is taken to using sprays. Nirmal, the owner, is an environmentalist and the focus is on melding with nature and planting. Birds abound as do kangaroos. The occasional echidna or koala can be seen. There is a donkey for weed control and two resident Highland long horned, very hairy, loveable cows. Supervised children are welcome and love playing petanque or trying some of the selection of Organic Gundowring ice cream available.