Rosebud is situated approximately an hour south of Melbourne on the Mornington Peninsula. Considered one of the most affordable holiday destinations in the region, Rosebud is well-frequented by young families, who further appreciate the calm waters of the area’s bayside beaches. However, Rosebud is just a short drive from the rougher waters of Port Phillip Bay’s oceanfront beaches, ensuring surfers and seasoned swimmers can find an appropriate challenge. Though Rosebud’s population is small throughout the year, the holiday season sees a great increase in the number of inhabitants. To accommodate travellers, a variety of apartments, self-contained holiday homes and villas are available both inland and on the waterfront.
Most of the waters that surround Rosebud are naturally calm, thanks to the large sandbars in Port Phillip Bay. These create safe swimming areas favoured by parents of small children and those after a leisurely swim. Want to do more than just splash around? Try some of the activities best suited for calm water, such as paddle boarding and snorkelling. Experienced swimmers and those craving the excitement of rougher waves can head over to the beaches facing the Bass Straight and surf, kite board, scuba dive or hire a jet ski. Don’t want to get wet? Hire a boat or bring your own and navigate your way through the bay’s waters or the open ocean.
Stretching nearly 2 kilometres in length, the heart of commercial Rosebud is well-stocked in restaurants and boutiques. Make sure you have extra room in your suitcases, as there are three major shopping centres in Rosebud. Visit Rosebud Plaza Shopping Centre, Rosebud Beach Shopping Centre or Rosebud Central Shopping Centre for all your retail needs and to grab some souvenirs. If you work up an appetite while browsing and buying, head to one of Rosebud's many restaurants, pubs, cafes or other eateries to sample locally grown produce and sip wine that was made right on the peninsula. After dinner, catch a movie at the Rosebud Cinema Complex.
Get out and discover Rosebud’s natural surrounds during your holiday: there are numerous places to go for a leisurely stroll. The foreshore has hardly been developed, creating a peaceful environment for a walk. You can also venture out along the 300m-long Rosebud Pier to watch some marine life or unwind after dinner. Beyond Rosebud, walking tracks exist for all fitness levels. The Mornington Peninsula’s trails are a marked as either easy, medium or difficult, ensuring you don’t embark accidentally on the wrong path. For a real workout, climb to the peak of Arthur's Seat, slightly inland from Rosebud, where you’ll be rewarded by panoramic views of the peninsula. If the walk becomes too strenuous, visitors can enlist the services of a chairlift.
There are two large parks in Rosebud: Olympic Park, which includes a playground, and Trueman Road Recreational Reserve, which is dog-friendly. If you’re interested in a more structured activity, head over to one of the golf courses on the Mornington Peninsula or visit one right in Rosebud. The local country club offers two 18-hole golf courses, both professionally maintained. The courses at Rosebud Country Club have even played host to a few PGA Championships. Lesser known Rosebud Park Golf Course offers beautiful views and some challenging holes. In Rosebud, there are multiple yoga classes on the beach, which allow you to get a workout and connect with nature simultaneously.
The quickest route to Rosebud is via Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, and from there, hire a car to complete the short drive. Having a vehicle is bound to come in handy, given the vast range of activities on the Mornington Peninsula.
Rosebud’s marine climate means even the winter months rarely dip below 16 C and the summer months are nice and toasty for a family holiday on the water.