It has the most picturesque of names and Rosebud is the most picturesque of seaside towns. Situated on the Mornington Peninsula, an hour or so south of Melbourne, Rosebud is blessed with gorgeously calm beaches and super restaurants while being close to all the attractions that make the Peninsula a major tourist destination.
Rosebud is, in fact, one of the most popular places for families to holiday, thanks in part to its safe, clean beaches and the town boasts a terrific choice of holiday rentals and accommodation to suit all budgets and parties.
Established as a fishing village in the 1850s, Rosebud was originally known as Banksia Point but when cargo ship Rosebud ran aground offshore in 1855 and the wreck was scavenged by locals, the area quickly became known as “the Rosebud” and eventually the name stuck.
Now Rosebud is one of the many resort towns on the Mornington Peninsula that attract millions of holidaymakers from nearby Melbourne and beyond every year. First promoted as an English style seaside town in the 1920s, Rosebud’s popularity actually soared in the 1940s when campers first made use of the wide foreshore. Today camping remains one of the town’s big draws with bookings for sites taken months in advance. However, as the town is considered one of the most affordable destinations on the Peninsula, Rosebud has an enviable selection of holiday apartments, villas and houses to choose from.
Families in particular are drawn to Rosebud’s calm beaches on Port Philip Bay where sandbars that extend up to 200m from the shore create a naturally safe swimming area. A few short miles away are the more rugged beaches on the Bass Strait where surfers and scuba drivers will find a challenge on and under the waves. And if open-sea swimming isn’t your thing, the town’s indoor pool will still give you an aqua workout.
Away from the water the biggest sporting activity in Rosebud is golfing with several courses locally that are open to the public. The Rosebud Country Club has two, 18-hole courses, both ranked among the top 50 public courses in the state of Victoria.
Rosebud’s shopping offers a delightful mix of speciality stores and major retailers, both in its covered mall and on the strip while the Mornington Peninsula’s famed gourmet and locally produced food and wine are showcased in the town’s terrific restaurants, bars and cafes.
Towering over Rosebud is Arthurs Seat, a peak that rises to more than 300m above seal level. Its summit provides quite spectacular views of the entire peninsula and across Port Philip Bay right to Melbourne itself. An evening walk or drive here is one of the most romantic nights out with the lights of the Peninsula twinkling before you. If the walk up to the top is too strenuous, climb on to the 72-seat chairlift and be whizzed to the summit’s viewing platform. A light of a different kind can be seen in the historic lighthouse a little further south of Rosebud at Cape Schanck on the southern tip of the Peninsula.
Walkers are spoiled for choice with a marvellous range of trails and tracks laid out around the Peninsula with walks coded easy, medium and difficult, meaning there genuinely is something for everyone. From your Rosebud holiday accommodation, you could be tackling some – or all if you’re up for it – of the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk, which will reveal the beauty of this region up close.
The Mornington Peninsula enjoys a temperate, marine climate, meaning temperatures here are generally a few degrees cooler than those in nearby Melbourne. The average summer temperature is around 25°C while winter days are a cool 16°C on average. Rosebud’s sheltered position on Port Philip Bay means its beaches can get hot so holidaymakers unused to the Australian sun should take the locals’ advice and slap on the sunscreen regularly. Having holiday rentals close by such as holiday apartments or houses makes it easy to seek shelter from the sun – or the rain, for that matter, depending on the time of year you visit.
The gateway to the Mornington Peninsula for holidaymakers travelling direct from the UK is Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport with daily flights there from London’s Heathrow Airport courtesy of the major airlines. Car rental from the airport offers a quick getaway to your holiday accommodation in Rosebud, which is just 62 miles southeast of Melbourne. The Peninsula is well served by public transport, too – buses and trains leave from Melbourne regularly for Frankston, with local connecting buses available there.