The glass towers of the Melbourne skyline fade from the rear-view mirror. Shane Delia is driving south. His destination: the Mornington peninsula, a natural paradise on the coast at Port Phillip Bay, close to the centre of the bustling Australian metropolis. When the long evenings in the kitchen of his flagship restaurant Maha get to be too much and his stress levels hit the roof, this picturesque peninsula is a great place to unwind.
Incidentally, it is one of the reasons Melbourne was chosen as one of the best places to live in the world eight times in a row, from 2011 to 2018. The global liveability index published in The Economist magazine considers more than just the quality of life in the city centre; local relaxation spots also play a role. And they are obvious: on softly rolling hills, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes ripen in the sunshine, koalas and kangaroos play in the shadows of the mighty eucalyptus trees, and waves break gently across the white sand beaches.