Red Hill is 73 kilometres south of Melbourne, located in the hinterland of the Mornington Peninsula, between the coastal towns of Dromana and Balnarring. It has a population of approximately 1900 including Red Hill South and is very much a rural area, with the landscape consisting of scenic hills and native forests.
The name Red Hill derives from the rich, red clay that has made the area predominantly agricultural from its first European settlement in the mid-nineteenth century.
Many Red Hill streets are named after pioneers: Sheehan, McIlroy, Stanley, Bayne, Arkwell, Eaton, Nash, Perry (sic) and Callanan.
Red Hill Post Office opened on 1 August 1871.
A railway operated in Red Hill between 1921 and 1959 and was known as the Red Hill railway line.
Since the 1970s, wineries have been established around Red Hill to take advantage of the microclimates that suits cool climate grapes, and especially pinot noir.
Herbert Robinson (1876–1919), later mayor of Albany, Western Australia, and member of the Parliament of Western Australia was a notable resident of Red Hill.
Wine lovers unite at the annual Winter Wine Weekend in June, and join in the fun and sample more than 200 premium wines from some 50 wineries before exploring local cellar doors.
Red Hill is very much a rural area, with the landscape consisting of scenic hills and native forests. Scattered throughout the area is a proliferation of vineyards, orchards and berry farms. Many of the vineyards are boutique wineries, offering visitors the opportunity to experience fine dining, wine tasting and the purchase of local produce of the region. Most of the wineries also feature attractive gardens, free for visitors to wander through or have a picnic within.
The commercial centre of Red Hill is spread along a number of distinct spots on Arthurs Seat Road, Flinders Road and Shoreham Road, featuring a variety of eateries and services. Tucked away along roads and shady laneways around Red Hill, visitors will also find several galleries and cafes.
Red Hill is a major centre on the Mornington Peninsula for entertainment events, including the popular Red Hill Show and the peninsula’s premier art show – Art Red Hill.
The median house price for Red Hill is $830,000.
Strawberries, cherries and apples are grown and available seasonally at the farm door.
1008 Mornington-Flinders Road
This bright and airy Scandi-style cafe is the perfect brunch spot, offering Allpress Coffee, local wines and cafe classics with a modern twist. You can also shop Allpress coffee beans, Prana Chai, and Huskee Cups as well as stylish home and kitchen wares by Danish design house, HAY.
159 Shoreham Road
This all-day bistro, bar and cellar door prides itself on sourcing sustainably-grown local produce and is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Quality service and dining in a Hecker Guthrie designed space.
Food on the hill
10/159 Shoreham Road
Relaxed casual vibe with Mediterranean influenced, wholesome breakfasts and lunch as well as coffee and home made sweets.
Epicurean Red Hill
165 Shoreham Road
Enjoy coffee made from Little Rebel Coffee beans and delicious pastries from Johnny Ripe in the atmospheric, purposely preserved building which was formerly the Red Hill Cool Store and Packing Shed.
What to do
Drive through the scenic hills and native forests, enjoy a relaxing stay at a B&B, or partake in the fine wines and art, in Red Hill.
Scattered throughout the area is a proliferation of vineyards, orchards and berry farms. Many of the vineyards offer visitors the opportunity to experience fine dining, wine tasting and the purchase of local produce of the region.
Further delights await in the commercial centre of Red Hill with a variety of cafes.