Perched atop the spectacular Arthurs Seat, Seawinds Gardens is an amazing venue for Barefoot Cinema. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and majestic pine trees, you’ll feel like you’ve walked into a mystical wonderland as you enter Seawinds Gardens.
Set within the heart of the renowned Mornington Peninsula wine region, this venue has all the rustic charm you’d expect from this beautiful part of the world. There’s kangaroos hopping by to say hi, tweets from trees full of birds, Kookaburras laughing themselves to sleep and nothing but the sweet sound of our great local musicians to fill the air.
Once you arrive, make yourself at home at our pre-movie area and help yourself to an icy cold beer from Gage Roads Brewing Co or a great local wine from Stonier or tuck into some delicious treats from the Barefoot Bar and Candy Bar. We also have great hot food from our friends from Martha’s Table food truck.
There is no special seating arrangements at this venue and there is plenty of room for everyone, so feel free to bring your own bean bag, picnic rug, blow up chair, sleeping bag, low back chair or whatever grabs your fancy. We just ask that you keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for the people behind you if they have to spend the whole night watching the back of your chair!
We have Airsacks for rent for $10 (they’re not your average bean bag!) – which you can get from the Barefoot Bar but they often sell out so we suggest you come in early and grabs your quickly.
If you enjoy the finer things in life then we suggest you go for a VIP upgrade which will give you access to a premium recliner or a super comfy Airsack, a blanket, a bag of popcorn and pretty awesome waiter during the film!
There is some parking available at Barefoot Cinema, but it is strictly limited to 70 cars and car parking tickets must be pre-purchased online. Tickets cost $5 per car.
The car park is located inside Seawinds Gardens (as you drive in Purves Rd). The Barefoot crew will be there showing you where to park and how to get to the site, once you arrive.
There is also parking on site for visitors of the park but it is often busy so if want to ensure your parking spot we suggest you pre-book the parking in car park allocated to the event.
Disabled parking is available free of charge on site. Please speak to one of the Barefoot crew when you arrive at Seawinds Gardens and they will be able to show you where to park and how to get to the site.
While finding a taxi over summer on the Mornington Peninsula can be a bit like trying to find true love, if you do manage to get one, just ask them to drop you off at the entrance of Seawinds Gardens Park in Arthurs Seat. Once you arrive, keep an eye out for a member of the Barefoot crew who will be able to show you how to get to the site.
Arthurs Seat or “Wonga” is part of the Bunurong Country and the Bunurong people are the traditional custodians of that entire area. Wonga is the mother of nearby peaks known as Mt Martha and Mt Eliza. This is another important area for Bunurong people and we’re very lucky to be able to hold Barefoot Cinema on this beautiful part of their land.
Seawinds Gardens was once owned by George Chapman who acquired the property in 1896. Chapman was a gardener at Heronswood in Dromana and lived in a small shack near the north lookout at Seawinds Gardens.
The gardens that we see today were later developed by Sir Thomas and Lady Travers from 1946. The Travers transported many of the plants and trees from their property in Parkville in Melbourne and also purchased the William Ricketts sculptures that remain in the gardens from Ricketts himself.
The State Government acquired the land in 1975 and at that time officially proclaimed Seawinds Gardens as part of the Arthurs Seat State Park. Just a short stroll from Seawinds Gardens lies the location where Matthew Flinders first climbed Arthurs Seat on 27 April 1802.