Navy Trader Co
Here at Navy Trader Co, we're locals of the Mornington Peninsula and we absolutely love it! There's always a new market to go to, another walking track to try, a new brewery to check out or a beach to wander on… we're truly spoiled.
With so many local rituals we enjoy with the little ones, we thought we’d share our favourites with you…
Best family-friendly coffee spot
The weekend normally starts with a visit to Mr. Frankie
for our usual takeaways and a quick snack – the vegan protein balls are always a hit with the kids, and considering we have a troop of them, we're always made to feel welcome which is a guaranteed way to enjoy the amazing coffee. The interior aesthetic sets a new standard for any Melbourne cafe, and their commitment to supporting local people and produce is admirable.
Best scenic walk
Bushrangers Bay Walking Track
down at Cape Schanck is an absolute must. The incredible wildlife never disappoints and the varying weather conditions change the scenery entirely – the overcast and windy days provide some drama and the fresh winds take your breath away. Our older children have been able to manage this walk since about age three, with a little shoulder ride at the end. Make sure to bring snacks and water – a baby carrier for the littlest ones is also a must.
A Hidden Gem at Dromana Bowls Club
There are still a few hidden gems on the Mornington Peninsula and the Dromana Bowls Club
is definitely one of them. Actively engaging with the wider (and younger) community has been the key to their success in becoming one of the finest facilities around. Night bowls are a huge hit in summer, and with a cold beer or bubbles in hand you can enjoy the amazing views while the kids happily run around barefoot until way past sunset.
Our Go-To Kid-Friendly Swimming Beach
There's a long list of family-friendly beaches to choose from on the Mornington Peninsula. Worth mentioning are Canadian Bay Beach in Mount Eliza, Mother's Beach in Mornington, and Blairgowrie Beach, Blairgowrie... the list goes on. The pick of the bunch here at Navy Trader Co would have to be Mount Martha's South Beach. A stone's throw from where the kids do Friday night nippers, and right next to the aptly named South Beach Project cafe
, days seem to disappear splashing in the shallow water, playing cricket on the many sand bars and enjoying a moment of solitude on the paddle board – if you can get out before one of the kids tries to jump on and join you that is!
Local's spot for a drink and a big feed
Red Gum BBQ is always a family favourite for a warm meal and a local wine, cider or beer. They never disappoint and have a surprising number of vegetarian options for a venue specialising in smoked meat. There's a huge kids play corner with toys, visible from the entire dining area, ample highchairs, and plenty of room next to every table for a pram if you've got one napping on the go. For all families, especially large ones, this is stress-free dining with incredible food. Red Gum BBQ are proudly the only BCorp Certified restaurant in Australia. :)