The Mornington Peninsula 100 km Walk
Long known as a destination with beautiful beach walks and spectacular clifftop strolls, the Mornington Peninsula now boasts one of Victoria’s top walks. The Mornington Peninsula Walk takes a roughly triangular route, linking four established trails and traversing the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the peninsula.
Along the way, the trail takes in the historic fort at Point Nepean and the foreshores of Portsea, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye, Rosebud and Dromana before climbing over Arthurs Seat and descending through lovely stretches of forest and ferny glens to the dark and brooding cliffs of Cape Schanck and the Lighthouse. From the Lighthouse, the track weaves its way west through thick coastal tea-tree and drops onto yellow-sand beaches before a final stretch of alternating tight single track and cliff-top trail brings you from Rye to London Bridge.
The 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk combines four other walks: the 'Two Bays Walk' through the hinterland from Dromana to Cape Schanck, the 'Coastal Walk' through the Mornington Peninsula National Park along the Bass Strait coast from Cape Schanck to Portsea, the 'Point Nepean Walk' in and around the Point Nepean National Park, and the 'Bay Trail' from Portsea to Dromana along the shores of Port Phillip. You can complete the whole walk over several days, or enjoy it over several visits.
1. The Two Bays Walking Track
There are lots of relatively easy walks, including the 5km Bushrangers Bay walk from clifftop Cape Schanck to Boneo Road. Greens Bush is a tranquil gem and a wildlife haven, with kangaroos and wallabies feeding in the early morning or at dusk, and birdlife including wrens, colourful parrots, kites and soaring eagles. There are a couple of rewarding circuit walks of 1.6km and 3.6km through beautiful forest from Baldry Crossing, and a 4km circuit walk from Long Point Road that takes in forest, grasslands and gullies. There’s also an 8.9km walk which is part of the Two Bays Walking Track, with silent forests, huge stands of grasstrees that may be more than 200 years old, lush fern gullies and grasslands.
2. The Coastal Walk
The Mornington Peninsula National Park adjoins Point Nepean National Park, with the Coastal Walk encompassing 26km of beach and cliff walks along Bass Strait from London Bridge right to Cape Schanck. Some of the sections are very suitable to do as short walks in their own right; including the 2km Farnsworth Track from London Bridge carpark to Portsea ocean beach, the 3km Fingal Beach walk to lookouts over Bass Strait, and the 4km Coppins Track walk from Sorrento ocean beach along the dramatic clifftop to Diamond Bay.
3. Point Nepean Walks
Walk right to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula in Point Nepean National Park, past the old Quarantine Station, World War Two military defences, along coastal and bush tracks.
4. The Bay Trail
This takes you along the beaches and villages of Port Phillip Bay from Dromana right to Portsea, where you can join the Point Nepean National Park walk.