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Bayside Drive

The best way to see Port Phillip is to cycle or drive along the beach road on the southern side of the bay. You can go as little or as far as you like and there is always something interesting to see. One option is to cycle along the bicycle track as far as Mordialloc or Frankston, then get the train back to the city. Alternatively, Beach Road makes for a very picturesque drive.

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A bicycle track along Beach
Road runs along the
southern side of the bay.

Beach Road actually starts in Port Melbourne (although at that point it is known as marine Parade) and eventually becomes the Nepean Highway runs right down to Portsea, at the far tip of the Mornington Peninsula. You can cycle as far as Mordialloc (mostly on the bike track) but after that cycling is not recommended because of traffic on the road. If you drive as far as Portsea, you get to se some pretty wild surf beaches. This is ocean beaches backing on to Bass Straight, one of the roughest waterways in the world. Portsea is famous because it was where the Australian prime minister Harold Holt drowned.

You can follow the coastline further past Portsea and on to Flinders, a quiet but beautiful part of the Mornington Peninsula with rolling green hills and superb ocean views out across pastoral holdings. You can make the return journey to Melbourne via Red Hill, a region fast becoming one of Australia's top producers of quality red wines. Some of Red Hill's wineries have restaurants and superb scenic views. Red Hill is also renowned for its craft market.

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