Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Mornington Peninsula

 Last Sunday happened to be my 21st birthday so I went on a day trip to Mornington Peninsula, which is about an hour and a half out of Melbourne's CBD. It was my first time visiting the Peninsula so I brought my camera along and took a few photos.

The first thing we did was visit a strawberry farm and I got to pick lots of strawberries! They were honestly the most delicious, reddest and sweetest strawberries I have ever tasted. This farm was opened in 1964 and covers ten acres with approximately 200 000 plants. Driving there reminded me a bit of driving around Cornwall in the UK with lots of farms, hills and farm animals except that most of the farms are yellow or brown coloured due to the constant drought in Australia.

Next, we went to the Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Farm. There weren't actually many lavenders growing as it was the wrong season but it was pretty cool to walk through a maze. There's also different sections like a rose garden, woodland garden, lots of fountains and a little Japanese garden area. The tour didn't stop here for too long though because we were then off to the Cape Schanck Lighthouse. I didn't actually go inside the Lighthouse because you had to pay extra (and student budget problems) but there was a lovely path you could follow which took you all the way down to the beach which was gorgeous! I wish we could have come during the sunset though because those photos would have been on point.

After the lighthouse, I went to the Peninsula Hot Springs! It was so relaxing and the food at the cafe was quite nice as well. I had a pesto pasta salad but there were other things too like pizzas and wraps. I've never been to a hot spring before but there were so many baths you could choose from all ranging from 35° - 43° plus a few cold plunge baths. After being in such warm water I couldn't go further than waist level into the cold baths though! The water is said to be all very high in minerals including bicarbonate, chlorides, boron, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Basically a fancy Lush bath minus all the colours and smells. (Wait, does that mean Lush is fancier or the hot springs?) We stayed at the hot springs for about three hours but I only stayed in the water for two. My skin is quite dry so I thought it'd get really itchy after the baths but actually I didn't encounter any problems! Only a little sunburn on my shoulders.

After that, it was finally time to return home. The hot springs must have been relaxing because I found myself trying to stay awake on the journey back. When I got back into Melbourne city, I claimed my free birthday Boost Juice and caught the train home.

I'd like to thank everyone again for the many birthday wishes! It made my birthday feel even more special, I love our blogging community and hope I can continue to be a part of it for many more years to come. 

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