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5 reasons to get active this winter

Winter may feel like the time to stay indoors on the couch by a warm fire, but it is also an amazing time to get out and explore the great outdoors Mornington Peninsula style. Discovering our beautiful region on foot will allow you to slow down and experience the hidden treasures that you miss when you drive - listen to the birds, encounter native wildlife, stop to take in the views, or find that secret beach. Because we know that sometimes you need some inside knowledge to get you started here are 5 of our favourite walks that we hope will inspire you to put on your winter woollies and walk!

Insta-grammable vistas

You don’t have to be a millionaire to walk along the cliffs from Sorrento to the beach at Point King but you will get a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famous along the Millionaire’s Walk.  Take in the beautiful cliff top views over pretty, private jetties and maybe spot the ferry on it’s way to or from Queenscliff.  Discover images of paintings along the Sorrento - Portsea Artists’ Trail and compare the artist’s painting with the view today.  Make sure your phone or camera are fully charged for some fantastic pics.

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Not for the faint hearted

Up for a challenge?  The Mornington Peninsula 100 km walk links four incredible trails and is best taken on over a number of visits. As you pass from the Peninsula’s highest point at Arthurs Seat, to the southernmost point at Cape Schanck, and to the very tip at Point Nepean you will encounter remote bushland, sensational coastlines, and hopefully spot a kangaroo or two. Sensational summit views, wildlife spotting, dramatic clifftops, and beautiful beaches – this walk really does have it all. 

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Rich history with coastal views

Most visitors to Point Nepean will take the shuttle bus from the Quarantine Station to Fort Nepean but if you choose to walk and experience the park in your own time you will not be disappointed.   Connect with history as you wander through the old cemetery, take a look at Cheviot Hill and the Harold Holt memorial, and explore the tunnels and WW11 fortifications. The tracks will take you through woodlands and grasslands, along a remote stretch of beach, and via the road to Fort Nepean where you can take in the panoramic views.

Check out Pt Nepean trails here

An old trail with a new life

The Red Hill Rail Trail winds along the site of an old railway line that connects two of our favourite local villages – Red Hill and Merricks.  Stroll alongside vineyards, admire the views over Western Port and stop to sit on the seats strategically placed midway along the trail.  At either end there are some great dining options so have your transport home planned, sit down and have a coffee or lunch and raise a glass to a great day.

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Winding boardwalks

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets on the Mornington Peninsula is the 7km Warringine Park & Bittern Coastal Wetlands.  Reconnect with nature as the rambling tracks and boardwalks meander through woodlands, wetlands and mangroves. Try to stay quiet as you wind along the boardwalk and keep your eyes open in this bird watchers paradise. 

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Author: Allison
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