Naturopath Ali’s Top 4 Adventure spots on the Mornington Peninsula

by Ali Bolch
Being surrounded by nature can support a reduction in stress hormone production, whilst boosting feel good hormones and assisting in achieving a state of mindfulness. Why not spend this weekend checking out some local adventure spots in Mornington Peninsula and get back into nature! Here are my favourite spots:

1. Red Hill Rail Trail

A beautiful walk through the wholesome Red Hill countryside, feeling like you’re a world away is the perfect Sunday stroll. This walk can take you all the way to Merricks and back for a 14km round trip. But you can also turn around at any point if you’re short on time. It’s a flat and very easy walk.
It’s best finished off by visiting the Red Hill Cellar & Pantry for a fresh juice while shopping their amazing fresh local produce they have on offer.
Red Hill

2. Point Nepean National Park

Dust off that old bike because this one is best done soaring through the wind on two wheels. This 12km round trip is situated perfectly between the calm soothing bay and the energetic wild back beach. Get ready for a workout because some of the hills require some serious pedalling but flying down those hills is, oh so fun, especially with the breathtaking views on offer.
If you’re headed there in the warmer months be sure to check the Craft Market website to see when they have the Point Nepean market on and make a day of it!

3. Sea Winds Garden

Pack a picnic and your camera. Sea Winds in Arthurs seat is a picture perfect location for a lunchtime adventure. Find a spot on the grass amongst the beautiful greenery and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Then meander through the stunning gardens, you might even spot a Roo or two hopping around! There are some incredible look out points, with so many tracks to take you’ll be sure to find some amazing views over the southern peninsula.
They also offer a pretty impressive playground for the little ones too.

4. Dromana Bay Trail

A stunning 6km beach side trail, you’ll want to park opposite the dromana shops and follow the path towards Safety Beach! Although it may be hard to take your eyes off the crystal blue water, be sure to keep an eye out for the Cafe Del Sol van that serves up some mouth watering smoothies and coffees to refuel on the walk.
And if you’re a lover of seriously good vegan food, make sure to hit up Wombat Cafe in Dromana after the walk for some well earned breakfast.
Spend this weekend resting, relaxing and soaking all the healing benefits of nature.
This article is intended to be informational only and represents the opinion of the author. It is not intended to be used as medical advice and does not take the place of advice from a qualified health care practitioner in a clinical setting. Please check with your healthcare practitioner before embarking upon any of the treatments discussed.