A $50 Daytrip | The Blackman
The Blackman is perfectly positioned to explore both Melbourne’s city and coastal attractions. Just a hop, skip and a jump away from the popular scenic route along Melbourne’s south-east coast, it’s easy to explore in one of our Art Series Smart Cars. Fuel-effective, super-simple to drive and for a cool $50 a day they’ll get you from A to B. Now, about that – what should you pack into a daytrip with limited time?
We’ve pulled together an easy agenda for you along Melbourne’s south east coast. Starting in the midst of bustling St Kilda and winding down to the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, there’s enough to make a day of it. Best of all - most of these are free!
St. Kilda Beach
Start off in Melbourne’s seaside mecca, St. Kilda. Grab a hot coffee and a spot on the beach for some of the city’s best people-watching; St. Kilda can be described as a spritiual south-hemisphere cousin to Los Angeles Santa Monica beach. If you’re lucky and it’s still early in the morning, you might also spot a penguin or two near the rocky outcrops of the beach, as they have a small colony. Map link
St. Kilda Adventure playground
Before continuing in the car for a longer stretch, take the little (or big) kids to the sprawling St. Kilda adventure playground. With a flying fox, large trampoline and half-pipe, it isn’t just for the little ones; in fact you might want to keep an eye on smaller siblings in the hands-on space. Hidden back in the residential streets behind the boulevard, this playground is an urban oasis that’s an ode to the vibrant community St. Kilda is known for. Map link
Head along the coast as for a short 20-30 minutes and you’ll come to the charming southern suburb of Brighton, which is known for both boutique shopping and scenic beaches. Stretch the legs and stop over at Brighton Beach, with its picturesque historic bathing boxes providing the perfect photo backdrop. After a stroll along the beach, head into Brighton proper for a coffee or morning snack pitstop – we suggest Olie & Ari, a beautiful industrial corner cafe that wouldn’t look out of place in Brunswick.
Continue along the coast (or for a slightly quicker but less scenic route, the Nepean Highway) until you hit Mornington, where the peninsula unofficially begins. Mornington itself deserves a stop to take in its historic architecture, with the main street home to many heritage buildings, some unchanged from their original state. Just past Mornington in Mount Martha, you’ll find historic homestead The Briars, one of the peninsula’s first pastoral runs. Built in 1840 and sitting over 200 hectares, it includes original buildings, parklands, a wildlife reserve and a small cafe, the perfect place to stretch the legs and see the sights.
Main Ridge Dairy
All that historic exploration will have you hungry, so why not stop off at the award-winning Main Ridge Dairy? A farmhouse, factory and cheesery, the dairy is renowned for its goats cheeses, from milky feta and chevre to haloumi. You can get a taste of it all too, with cheese tastings, sales and cheese platters to enjoy as a light lunch or take home for later. Map link
Peninsula Hot Springs
Okay, this one does come with a price tag, but we promise it’s worth it. A huge tourist drawcard for the Mornington Peninsula, the Peninsula Hot Springs is a natural hot springs and day spa with pools, private baths and steam baths to choose from. You’ll want to book ahead if you’re heading down on a weekend, as it does get quite busy – but after the hustle and bustle of travelling, there’s nothing better than a long soak in a relaxing, natural spa. Map link
Feast on local produce
Another drawcard for the Mornington Peninsula is the bustling winery scene, with plenty of local cellar door options at our fingertips. And how better to wind up the day by wining and dining amongst it all? We err on the luxury side of the dining options, our favourites being The Long Table for a locally-sourced, wholesome and hearty feast, or Ten Minutes by Tractor for an elegant degustation menu amongst the beautiful Main Ridge surrounds.
At the end of the evening, jump back on the M1 freeway for the quickest way back, or wind your way back along the coastal road. Though it might seem like you’re far from the city, it’s just over an hour to return to The Blackman.
Now you’ve got the smarts on where to go, grab a Smart Car when you stay at The Blackman and explore to your heart’s content for just $50 a day. Email us to book ahead of time, or speak to our guest experience desk when you check-in to reserve a car in advance.