I took advantage of having Christmas at McCrae on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and spent a few days exploring Arthurs Seat, Red Hill and Main Ridge. Less than an hour from Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula is Arthurs Seat State Park with many walking and mountain biking trails. Named after a mountain near Edinburgh, Arthurs Seat rises to 314 metres above sea level, and is an iconic climb for road riders up the scenic road to the summit where you can see Melbourne on a clear day across Port Phillip Bay.
Further along Arthurs Seat Road from the summit are designated mountain biking trails maintained by the Red Hill Riders. A little further still and the hinterland is full of amazing produce, farm gates and vineyards, all surrounded by ocean and bay views and beaches of Port Phillip Bay, Western Port Bay and Bass Straight. If you’re looking for something to do this summer, pack your togs, bike and appetite and head for the hill, Red Hill.