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FingalHome to one of the peninsula's most prized possessions - the hot springs - Fingal is not to be missed!
A rural locality tucked away behind the back-beaches of the Mornington Peninsula, Fingal is a hidden gem that many often miss! It's the perfect place to relax and reconnect with nature! Home to stunning beaches, fabulous food and drink, and on Australia's most famous golf courses!
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Grab a beer at St Andrews Beach Brewery
St Andrews Beach Brewery calls a 92-acre property on the Mornington Peninsula home. In the mid-2000’s the property was a working racehorse training facility housing up to 80 thoroughbred horses and featured its own 1,200-metre grassed training track. After a significant facelift, the centre of the old horse training facility is where you will find a truly unique brewery. The stables, that were once home to some incredible racing pedigree have been converted into sitting areas. Visitors can now relax in a past Melbourne Cup winners box while enjoying freshly brewed characterful beers, something to eat and even better conversations. St Andrews Beach Brewery brew on-site using the finest aroma hops and heirloom variety malt to ensure each beer is full of flavour and character. Inspired by the properties unique story, the core range of beers include; US Pale Ale, Australian Lager, Golden Ale, Pilsner, Session Ale and IPA. Visitors can also enjoy something to eat from a delicious snack menu and choose from a selection of locally sourced wines. The menu consists of a variety of small plates, share plates, salads, pizzas and burgers that go hand in hand with the core range of freshly brewed beers.
Play and stay at Moonah Links
The Moonah Links Golf Resort is the largest golf tourism development in recent Victorian history and consists of two world-class courses - the Open Course and the Legends Course. In addition, a fully integrated Golf clubhouse provides seven modern conference facilities with plenty of natural light, 75 deluxe Bedrooms and Suite, Spike Bar, Members' Lounge, Pebbles Restaurant as well as men's and ladies' locker and change rooms. 'The Championship Course' at Moonah Links is the first ever 18 holes built and prepared for a national championship, with exceptional viewing platforms for spectators. It was the venue for 2003 Australian Open and is one of the longest courses in Australia, and probably in the world in this category. In contrast to the Open Course which was purpose-built to challenge the modern champion, the Legends Course is a more friendly golfing experience for players of all ages and abilities. The course is a loop of 18 holes that generally follow the valleys through a variety of landscapes ranging from ancient Moonah woodlands to open links land. This Champion style Golf course is 36 holes and 72 pars.
Bathe at Peninsula Hot Springs
Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally-inspired bathing experiences. These include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open-air stage, café and wellness centre. Spa Dreaming Centre is a blissful sanctuary with an emphasis on tranquil spaces, designed for guests 16 years and older. Experiences include thermal mineral pools, cold plunge pool, massaging bamboo showers, traditional sauna, Moroccan hamam, Zen Chi massage, infrared sauna, hanging tree pods and poolside lounges.
Gunnamatta Beach
Gunnamatta Beach in Fingal is an exposed, high energy, 3km stretch of beach with a wide, rip dominated surf zone. It is located in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and is part of the 30km long sandy and rocky coast that extends from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean. Truemans Road runs out through the dunes to the beach, where there is a large car park and the surf lifesaving club. The beach faces south-west, exposing it to high westerly winds and waves. The waves average 1.9 metres and combine with the medium sand to produce a 150-metre wide single bar surf zone. The bar is cut by strong rips every 300m, together with additional permanent rips next to major reefs and rocks. Gunnamatta offers the best surf breaks on the Mornington Peninsula. Good breaks are found down the beach past the surf club, in front of the first and second car parks, and up the beach at the Pumping Station. Deep rip holes and gutters, together with rocks and reefs, are a permanent feature of this beach and make it a popular spot for beach and rock fishing. This is a very hazardous beach for swimming with usually high waves and strong rips close to shore. Stay between the flags, on the bar and away from the rips, rocks and reefs. No dogs allowed.
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