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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self guided inn-to-inn

Highlights:

  • 7 day itinerary (includes 5 days of walking)
  • Continuous circuit track covering the entire peninsula
  • Rugged surf beaches with dramatic views
  • Diverse variety of landscapes including coastal and inland forest
  • Serene bay beaches offer easy walking
  • Historic forts at Point Nepean
  • Quaint bathing boxes make for colourful photos
  • Gourmet delights await at villages en route

Overview:

Coastal culture, wartime history, fertile plains and peninsulas and world-class food and wine credentials, the Mornington Peninsula packs a lot into a compact area that’s under 2 hours from Melbourne.

There are four distinct sections to this self-guided walk, starting with the Two Bays Track across the widest section of the Mornington Peninsula to its highest point at Arthur’s Seat. A gentle descent through bushland leads to serene Bushranger Bay where you can expect to see kangaroos and maybe even koalas.

The Coastal Walk section features clifftop walks, beach stretches and Cape Schanck Lightstation on the southern most tip of the Peninsula. Cape Schanck is reported to have some of the cleanest air around, bottled by CSIRO scientists after gale-force winds blow uncontaminated air directly from the Antarctic.

The Point Nepean section includes fascinating wartime relics including historic forts. You can explore the tunnels of these forts for a first hand glimpse of what life would have been like for the thousands of soldiers based here during the wars.

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More on what you'll see

Watch this walk being featured on a episode of Eat Play and Stay in 2015.

The final section is the Bay Trail which hugs the bay beaches from lovely Sorrento back to Dromana via jetties, idyllic swimming beaches and rows of colourful bathing boxes.

You might like to build in a rest day in the Cape Schanck area or at Sorrento where you can take the ferry across to historic Queenscliff for the day.

This walk covers almost 95 km averaging 18.5km per day. The walking is mostly easy to moderate, with a small amount of more strenuous walking. There is some extended beach walking on soft sand, some scenic cliff top walks, undulating tracks, and the occasional short steep climbs. The walk is a relatively easy grade but a long one at almost one hundred kilometres.

We organize all accommodation, most meals, transfers, detailed maps and comprehensive walk notes to allow you more time focused on the walk and less about organizing it. The Mornington Peninsula has a well-deserved reputation for fine food and wine and great health and wellness experiences. We’ve chosen accommodation which affords you the opportunity to indulge along the way. You won’t feel guilty either having walked approximately 100km! We move your luggage ahead for the next night’s accommodation, and your lunches are freshly prepared by your hosts ready for your departure.

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Suggestion: Build in a rest day in the Cape Schanck area and enjoy a day at the famous Peninsula Hot Springs. Another great opportunity for a rest day is in the Sorrento area, where you can take the ferry across to historic Queenscliff for the day.

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More Details

Location

This walk starts and finishes in Dromana, approximately 80 km from Melbourne. You can leave your car here to collect at the end of the walk. There are train and coach services from Melbourne although airport shuttles or private transfers are quicker and more convenient.

Grading

45% easy, 45% moderate, 10% more challenging.

The bay beaches offer easy walking and most of the rest is moderate walking. Short sections of sandy beaches, cliff top tracks and a very small amount of road walking.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

B&B, historic hotel and luxury resort.

What’s included

6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

The summer months of Jan-Feb can be quite hot. Mar-May are usually delightful for walking, as is Sep-Dec. The winter months of Jun-Jul can be cool and occasionally wet but offer exciting beach walking.

Note that a supplement applies during school holiday periods and long weekends.

Warning about tide times – choose your start date carefully!
This walking holiday includes some sections of beach walking, so you need to take into account the tide times when choosing a starting date. The ideal is to have low tide in the middle of the day on day 4. If you can’t make this happen, don’t worry, as you can shorten the day’s walking and get picked up part way along the section.

Check the tide charts online: Go to the Bureau of Meteorology
and select the pin for Around Western Port (Stony Point) and then Flinders Jetty for the location. Where you are walking in Gunnamatta will be 7 minutes earlier than these times. Please contact us in the office if you require assistance.

Regional food and wine

Noted for gourmet organic produce and excellent Mornington Peninsula wines.

The Itinerary

Let's Review

Day 1

Starts in Dromana any time after 2pm. If you arrive early enough you can enjoy a visit to the historic Heronswood property or a stroll on the bay beach in the direction of Mt Martha.

Accommodation: Dromana

Day 2

Begin the Mornington Peninsula Walk with an easy stroll on the bay beach before climbing up through native bushland on the Two Bays Walking Track to Arthurs Seat. You can see all the way to the other end of the peninsula from here. Then descend to Greens Bush area.

Accommodation: Cape Schanck

Day 3

Continue along the Two Bays Walking Track to picturesque Bushranger Bay and then via the cliff tops to Cape Schanck Lightstation. There’s a scenic walk to the point here and you can also take a tour of the lighthouse and stroll through the lightstation precinct (extra cost).

Accommodation: Cape Schanck

Day 4

From Cape Schanck the route continues along rugged cliff top tracks and remote surf beaches. Watch the brave surfies out there no matter what the temperature! Sometimes you’ll see dolphins playing in the waves and there are numerous seabirds to keep you company.

Accommodation: Sorrento

Day 5

Continue along the back beach via Sorrento and Portsea to Point Nepean. This is the very tip of the peninsula and you can see across The Rip, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, to historic Point Lonsdale. Explore historic forts, walk through the tunnels used during the World Wars and see large disappearing guns.There’s a shuttle bus you can take to get back to the entrance to Point Nepean park (extra nominal cost).

Finish the day with a stroll along “Millionaires Row” and see how the well heeled live!

Accommodation: Sorrento

Day 6

The last section of this walk is the Bay Trail. It hugs the bay beach all the way back to Dromana, alternating between walking track and beach walking. In the summer months campers and picnickers line the beach and at other times of the year you’ll have long stretches to yourself. There are historic ruins to explore, the McCrae Lighthouse and lots of opportunities to stop for some window shopping or a gourmet treat or two.

Accommodation: Dromana

Day 7

This trip finishes in Dromana after breakfast.

Enjoy a Flawless Experience

Traveller’s Tales

Jennie Saunders – January 2017, Mornington Peninsula

Thanks Auswalks – once again you delivered a well organised and well thought out trip.
WE will be back.

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$ 795 Single Supplement (private room)

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