How do you get to McCrae from Melbourne?
If you want a seaside drive, it takes approximately 2 hours from the CBD along the Victorian coast via State Route 33. The quicker option would be to transition from the M1 in Southbank to the Mornington Peninsula Fwy/M11 for the rest of the trip.
For public transport, take a train from Flinders St Station to Frankston, at which point there are buses such as the 781 or 877 that go to McCrae. The whole trip takes approximately 2 hours and 30 mins.
What is there to do in McCrae?
The Mornington Peninsula has beautiful calm foreshore beaches as well as rugged ocean beaches, there’s something for everyone. The McCrae Beach is perfect for families and swimming, and ideal for water sport activities like kayaking, sailing, wind surfing etc. The beach has calm and crystal clear water and soft sand, while the rugged cliffs overlooking the beach provide picturesque coastal views, making this spot a relaxing holiday for families.
This modest homestead houses a comprehensively curated museum and gallery with expert-led tours that shed light on the history of Victoria’s early settlement. The homestead itself is the oldest in Victoria, and has been lovingly maintained in order to preserve its fascinating history.
The McCrae lighthouse was constructed in England in 1874, and then brought to Victoria in order to replace the previous lighthouse, which was a structure made of timber. This lighthouse aided ships along Port Phillip until it was decommissioned in 1994. To this day, it still remains as a testament to the rich history of Victoria.
There is a gorgeous playground near the lighthouse, ideal for families to enjoy a picnic and some fun together.
Things to do near McCrae
Enjoy a day in Arthurs Seat
Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula features a summit of 341 metres in height that provides a picturesque view of the Melbourne city skyline, Port Phillip Bay, the You Yangs and Mount Macedon.
There is lots to see and do in Arthurs Seat. A gondola known as the Arthurs Seat Eagle provides a fun trip with breathtaking views of the surrounding area, there are walking tracks with native flora and fauna, the Enchanted Adventure Garden which is an award-winning playground with hedge mazes, tube slides and an elaborate tree surfing course. The Pig & Whistle Hotel is close by where you can enjoy a charming pub meal.
Head Down to Dromana
Close to McCrae is the neighbouring town of Dromana, which has several activities to fill out a day or two. Stroll through the natural beauty and historical splendour of Heronswood, the Crittenden Estate and the extensive plant-life of the Dromana Community Garden.
Enjoy a delicious dinner, whether you’re looking for tapas, Thai, Italian, Mexican or just a good old fashioned pub feed. Then, spend the night in your car enjoying cinema in the most classic method possible at the Dromana 3 Drive-In.
Experience the Bay Trail
McCrae lies along the renowned Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail, a serene walking track that stretches for over 26 kilometers from Safety Beach to Portsea. Enjoy colourful bathing boxes, relaxing picnic spots, fun playgrounds, historical landmarks and, of course, the many beautiful beaches.
What is there to eat and drink in McCrae?
The Lighthouse Cafe
What better way to commemorate a visit to one of Victoria’s significant historical landmarks than with a visit to its very own cafe? Unlike the other cafes in McCrae, The Lighthouse features an eclectic menu of Thai dishes, complemented by a friendly staff.
If you’re looking for a hearty brunch in a friendly environment that’s only a stone’s throw away from the beach, this place has you covered. Enjoy a coffee with a selection of freshly made desserts and a gorgeous view of Port Phillip Bay.
The name of this restaurant is Greek for “saltwater”. Given the significance of the ocean in Greek culture, a Greek restaurant right on the coast makes perfect sense. With its seafood, the classic lamb dishes and Greek salad, or a mouth watering dessert, you’ll leave with a full stomach and high spirits.
This bakery may appear unassuming, but it is considered one of the Peninsula’s best eateries by the locals. This is thanks to its charming establishment, friendly staff and its acclaimed menu with all kinds of freshly-baked sweet and savoury delights.