Focus on Red Hill

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 1527 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 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 microclimate 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 across 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.


Strawberries, cherries and apples are grown and available seasonally at the farm door.


The median house price for Red Hill is $1,530,000.

Coffee Safari

Red Hill Baker

Shop 5, Cnr Point Leo & Shoreham Road

Grab a great coffee along with a wide variety of delicious fresh bakery goods, all made on the premises.

Red Hill Cellar & Pantry

141 Shoreham Road

Passionate about good food and wine, Cellar & Pantry is the local Grocer, Café and a hub for the local community.The place where the locals meet for a coffee, bite to eat or a drink or just shop, right in the heart of Red Hill.

Food on the Hill

10/159 Shoreham Road

Great spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a great cup of coffee with friendly and helpful staff. Relaxed casual vibe and excellent choice of food for all tastes and budgets.

Nordie Cafe

1008 Mornington-Flinders Road

Funky, relaxed café with amazing coffee blends and all day breakfast menu. A family-friendly, welcoming space with a cubby house out the back!

What to do

Whether it’s driving through the scenic hills and native forests, enjoying a relaxing stay at a beachfront b&b, or partaking in fine wines and art,
Red Hill is the epitome of a relaxed getaway.

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.

Come to the commercial centre of Red Hill and further delights await with a variety of cafes, bakeries, galleries and shady laneways with hidden delightful day spas and art exhibitions.

Photography: Yanni

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