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 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 four 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 $2,675,000.

Coffee Safari

Epicurean

165 Shoreham Road

Great coffee made on the premises, great service and awesome bakery treats in the front part of the building.

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.

Red Hill Bakers

141 Shoreham Road

Bread and delicious treats baked fresh daily, and baristas are standing by to satisfy your caffeine fix. Also fully stocked with take home meals, salads, pies and cakes.

Nordie Cafe

1008 Mornington-Flinders Road

Elegant simplicity of Scandinavian styling and dining with highly regarded Allpress Coffee as the backbone of breakfast. Offering something for everyone from house made muffins to the Red Hill Rösti Benedict.

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 the 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 from the region.

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

Photos: Yanni

Peninsula Essence – February 2022