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Meander, amble, ramble, roll and stroll through the Peninsula’s hinterland with Debra Mar as she awakens your senses and stimulates your imagination to explore and discover in the second story of a 5-part series of 'RPP FM celebrates Summertime on the Peninsula'.

It takes five minutes by road to cross the threshold from beach to bush on the Mornington Peninsula. This Mornington Peninsula hinterland, anchored by Arthurs Seat, Main Ridge, Dromana, Red Hill, Red Hill South, Merricks North and beyond is channelled with sealed roads, unmade roads, narrow roads, winding roads, dusty roads and rough roads. You'll find yourself swallowed by pine forests, olive groves, cherry and apple orchards, juxtaposed with grapevines and grassy pastures.

*Summertime Yellow
Against Hinterland Beauty
Pure Escapism

World acclaimed vineyards is the Peninsula’s ‘claim to fame’ with boutique wineries producing ‘liquid gold’ in the form of cool climate wines such as Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Boutique beer and cider businesses are also making their mark on local touring maps.

Cafes, bars and international standard restaurants attract well travelled food connoisseurs, committed to eating pleasures, and usually accustom to luxurious living. Some eateries have been established in once used piggeries, horse stables and milking sheds to add that rustic, bucolic experience. Restaurateurs and chefs utilize local produce in season to achieve the purity of flavours on the plate.

*Tastebuds Skip About
To Awaken Hungry Minds
Field to Fork – fanciful!

Peninsula produce explode with fresh, organic and yummy food – we’ve got tomatoes, garlic, honey, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, organic grown vegetables, free range eggs, olives, (take a breath here) cheese, leafy greens, soil encrusted spuds, herbs, quince, avocado, peaches, pears and plums and local farmer’s markets.

*Air is Fragrant and Fresh
Aromas Flirt with Senses
Earth gives Life for Life

There is an obvious absence of neon and manufactured signs here with makeshift noticeboards hanging about on roadside properties tendering the sale of chicken poo, cow poo, horse poo, bags of lemons, chooks for sale, rabbits for sale, pick your own strawberries, pick your own cherries, pick your own vegies.

The WOW factor kicks in with the abundance of a green and lush landscape. Gentle rolling hills painted with neatly rowed grapevines, work in perfect harmony with tall native gum trees years old that line the winding roads. The smells, the colour and familiar tweets of birds spins oneself into daydream.

*The Art of Song sings
High upon the highest branch
Perfect Harmony

Butchers, Bakers and even Candlestick makers have made their home in the hinterland offering ‘artisan’ produce and products. Homeware shops retail contemporary, stylish merchandise, galleries showcase local artists work sought after by collectors and art lovers and accommodation from opulent suites to old fashion B & B’s please any discerning visitor.

*Visual merchandise
Look up, look down, look around
Purse strings untied fast

So there you have it, the Peninsula’s hinterland’s best attributes, rolled up in an awesome package for all to discover and enjoy.

*Visual artistry
Word paint, painting images
Pie in the sky stuff!

Photography Rab Siddhi

*Haiku, the name given to a Japanese short poem uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature or the season intuitively linked to the human condition.

This is the second story in a 5-part series of 'RPP FM celebrates Summertime on the Peninsula'. Next week Debra explores the Peninsula’s National Parks and coastal areas.

Pictured: Winding Shands Road, Red Hill South