It is exciting to see Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula rapidly growing into a region renowned for its food and wine, with the area now featuring some of Australia’s most exceptional venues. The Peninsula’s landscape lends itself to spectacular views which have been taken advantage of by many of these restaurants, with outlooks that are both rural and coastal.
Ruth and I have been treated to some exceptional meals in recent weeks on the Mornington Peninsula, of which Pt Leo Estate was certainly a highlight.
Opening its doors in late 2017, Pt Leo Estate not only has an outstanding restaurant, but also a world-class Sculpture Park. As much as I enjoyed the food, wine and special ambiance of the restaurant, it was the quality, creativity and sheer scope of the Sculpture Park that was really exciting. Curated by Geoffrey Edwards, the former Director of Geelong Art Gallery, this Sculpture Park sits comfortably as an artistic installation on the world stage. In my opinion, it is comparable to New Yorks internationally acclaimed Storm King Arts Center.
Pt Leo Estate has been developed by the Gandel family, who are no strangers to supporting the development of the arts in Australia. Through their philanthropic activities, the Gandel family have supported a vast range of charities, causes, and developments in the field of education, arts and culture (amongst others) over the years including flagship developments such as Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery within the Melbourne Museum.
This Sculpture Park is making a huge contribution to regional Melbourne’s already rich tapestry of creative installations and is sure to continue to delight, as it has been purpose-built to house an ever-evolving array of Australian and international pieces.
Find out more www.ptleoestate.com.au
Images of Pt Leo Estate have been sourced from their website and online articles about the venue