OVERVIEW

The Mornington Peninsula packs a lot into a compact area that’s under two hours from Melbourne. Here you can experience everything from coastal culture, wartime history, fertile plains and peninsulas to food and wine that’s world-class.

There are four distinct sections to this 100km continuous circuit track. Start with the Two Bays Track, which crosses the widest section of the Mornington Peninsula leading to its highest point at Arthur’s Seat. A gentle descent through inland forest leads to the serene Bushranger Bay where you can expect to see kangaroos and even spot a koala.

The coastal hike section features cliff-top walks with dramatic views, rugged beach stretches, coastal forest and Cape Schanck Lightstation on the southernmost tip of the Peninsula. Cape Schanck is known to have some of the cleanest air around, leading CSIRO scientists to bottle it, 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 wartime.

Watch these Mornington Peninsula walks being featured on an episode of Eat Play and Stay in 2015.

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

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 2045

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 695

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
DROMANA

Start 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. The day ends with a private transfer back to your accommodation.

Walking: Optional beach walk

Meals: A la carte dinner at a local restaurant

Accommodation: Dromana Hotel

DAY 2
DROMANA ON THE TWO BAYS WALK TO ARTHURS SEAT

The first of the Mornington Peninsula walks is 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.

Walking: Moderate / 23km / 5.5–6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at a local cafe, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Fairways Resort, Rosebud

DAY 3
ARTHURS SEAT TO BUSHRANGER BAY CAPE SCHANCK ON TWO BAYS WALK

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 (at extra cost).

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 16.7km / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Fairways Resort, Rosebud

DAY 4
CAPE SCHANCK TO JUST PAST GUNNAMATTA

From Cape Schanck, the Mornington Peninsula Walk continues along rugged cliff tops and remote surf beaches. Watch the surfers brave the water no matter what the temperature is. Sometimes you’ll see dolphins playing in the waves as well as numerous seabirds.

Walking: Moderate / 19.4km / 5.5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Sorrento

DAY 5
JUST PAST GUNNMATTA TO POINT NEPEAN AND SORRENTO

Continue along the back beach via Sorrento and Portsea to Point Nepean. This is the very tip of the peninsula where you can see across The Rip to historic Point Lonsdale. Marking the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, here you can 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 (at extra cost). Finish the day with a stroll along “Millionaires Walk” and see how the peninsula’s well-heeled live.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23.1km / 6–8 hrs / shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Sorrento

DAY 6
SORRENTO TO DROMANA

The final section is the Bay Trail from Sorrento back to Dromana via jetties, idyllic swimming spots and rows of colourful bathing boxes. The track hugs the bay beach, alternating between walking track and beach walking. In the summer months campers and picnickers line the beach, but at other times of the year you’ll have long stretches all to yourself. There are historic ruins to explore, the McCrae Lighthouse and lots of opportunities to stop for some window shopping or gourmet treats.

Walking: Moderate / 23.1km / 6–8 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast

Accommodation: Dromana Hotel

DAY 7
DROMANA

This trip finishes in Dromana after breakfast.

Meals: Cooked breakfast at local cafe

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 day pack free walking holiday
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • The Mornington Peninsula Walk, the full loop including the 2 Bays Track
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts, a la carte dinners and substantial walkers lunches
  • Private transfers and luggage transport
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Throughout this 100km circuit, we’ll put you up in comfortable hotels and resorts. The first and last night’s accommodation is at Dromanna Hotel, then we move to the Fairways Resort and then finally onto the Sorrento Hotel.  All of the rooms have their own ensuite and are located in convenient locations to limit your travel time in a vehicle. On some of the days you are walking in and out of accommodations from the track.

The two course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

The Mornington Peninsula has a well-earned reputation for fine food and wine along with great health and wellness experiences. We’ve chosen accommodation that affords you the opportunity to indulge along the way. You won’t feel guilty either, with all the mileage you’ll have racked up. We suggest taking a day off to visit the renowned local wineries and hot springs or simply take in a long lunch.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

GENERAL INFO

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

This walk covers almost 95km 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 clifftop walks, undulating tracks, and the occasional short steep climbs. The walk is a relatively easy grade but a long one at almost 100km.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

The summer months from January to February can be quite hot. March to May are usually delightful for walking, as is September to December. The winter months from June to July can be cool and occasionally wet but offer exciting beach walking.

Warning about tide times – this walking holiday includes some sections of beach walking, so you need to take into account the tide times when choosing a starting date. To check tide charts, 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 tide times. We can assist you if you need help understanding the charts.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

MAP

DEPARTURE DATES

  • DATES
    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    from

    $1945

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695
Overview

OVERVIEW

The Mornington Peninsula packs a lot into a compact area that’s under two hours from Melbourne. Here you can experience everything from coastal culture, wartime history, fertile plains and peninsulas to food and wine that’s world-class.

There are four distinct sections to this 100km continuous circuit track. Start with the Two Bays Track, which crosses the widest section of the Mornington Peninsula leading to its highest point at Arthur’s Seat. A gentle descent through inland forest leads to the serene Bushranger Bay where you can expect to see kangaroos and even spot a koala.

The coastal hike section features cliff-top walks with dramatic views, rugged beach stretches, coastal forest and Cape Schanck Lightstation on the southernmost tip of the Peninsula. Cape Schanck is known to have some of the cleanest air around, leading CSIRO scientists to bottle it, 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 wartime.

Watch these Mornington Peninsula walks being featured on an episode of Eat Play and Stay in 2015.

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

WALK OVERVIEW

TYPE OF WALK
SELF GUIDED
TRIP LENGTH
7 DAYS
WALK GRADE
Easy to Moderate

Grade 2 - Easy to Moderate

Some hill sections and occasional steps. Walking experience not required.

PRICE FROM
$ 2045

per person twin/double share

SINGLE OCCUPANCY
$ 695

Accommodations charge the same price per room regardless of whether there are one or two people occupying it. To cover the cost of the accommodation when occupied by one person we need to charge the single occupancy fee.

per person

Book now
Itinerary

ITINERARY

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7

DAY 1
DROMANA

Start 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. The day ends with a private transfer back to your accommodation.

Walking: Optional beach walk

Meals: A la carte dinner at a local restaurant

Accommodation: Dromana Hotel

DAY 2
DROMANA ON THE TWO BAYS WALK TO ARTHURS SEAT

The first of the Mornington Peninsula walks is 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.

Walking: Moderate / 23km / 5.5–6 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast at a local cafe, walkers lunch and a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Fairways Resort, Rosebud

DAY 3
ARTHURS SEAT TO BUSHRANGER BAY CAPE SCHANCK ON TWO BAYS WALK

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 (at extra cost).

Walking: Easy to Moderate / 16.7km / 4.5–5.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, walkers lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Fairways Resort, Rosebud

DAY 4
CAPE SCHANCK TO JUST PAST GUNNAMATTA

From Cape Schanck, the Mornington Peninsula Walk continues along rugged cliff tops and remote surf beaches. Watch the surfers brave the water no matter what the temperature is. Sometimes you’ll see dolphins playing in the waves as well as numerous seabirds.

Walking: Moderate / 19.4km / 5.5–6.5 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast, Walkers Lunch and two course a la carte dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Sorrento

DAY 5
JUST PAST GUNNMATTA TO POINT NEPEAN AND SORRENTO

Continue along the back beach via Sorrento and Portsea to Point Nepean. This is the very tip of the peninsula where you can see across The Rip to historic Point Lonsdale. Marking the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, here you can 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 (at extra cost). Finish the day with a stroll along “Millionaires Walk” and see how the peninsula’s well-heeled live.

Walking: Moderate to Challenging / 23.1km / 6–8 hrs / shorter walk available

Meals: Cooked breakfast and Walkers Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Sorrento

DAY 6
SORRENTO TO DROMANA

The final section is the Bay Trail from Sorrento back to Dromana via jetties, idyllic swimming spots and rows of colourful bathing boxes. The track hugs the bay beach, alternating between walking track and beach walking. In the summer months campers and picnickers line the beach, but at other times of the year you’ll have long stretches all to yourself. There are historic ruins to explore, the McCrae Lighthouse and lots of opportunities to stop for some window shopping or gourmet treats.

Walking: Moderate / 23.1km / 6–8 hrs

Meals: Cooked breakfast

Accommodation: Dromana Hotel

DAY 7
DROMANA

This trip finishes in Dromana after breakfast.

Meals: Cooked breakfast at local cafe

What’s Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Pack-free walking

  • 25+ years experience

  • Customised

  • Eco Travel

  • 7 day pack free walking holiday
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with ensuites
  • The Mornington Peninsula Walk, the full loop including the 2 Bays Track
  • Chef prepared cooked breakfasts, a la carte dinners and substantial walkers lunches
  • Private transfers and luggage transport
  • We shift you along the track from accommodation to accommodation to limit time in a vehicle, creating more time to relax and enjoy the region
  • National Park admission
  • Enjoy worry free navigation with Auswalk’s comprehensive track notes, maps, map case, insulated lunch bag & info pack
  • 24/7 support from Auswalk’s representatives on the ground
Accommodation & Dining

ACCOMMODATION & DINING

OVERVIEW

Throughout this 100km circuit, we’ll put you up in comfortable hotels and resorts. The first and last night’s accommodation is at Dromanna Hotel, then we move to the Fairways Resort and then finally onto the Sorrento Hotel.  All of the rooms have their own ensuite and are located in convenient locations to limit your travel time in a vehicle. On some of the days you are walking in and out of accommodations from the track.

The two course a la carte dinners and cooked breakfasts are all prepared by professional chefs.

Each day whilst you’re walking you’ll be provided with a substantial walkers lunch and get to eat it at a fabulous location on the track. A walkers lunch is varied and may include a high protein type salad, roll or a wrap, muesli bar, cake or muffin and a piece of fruit.

The Mornington Peninsula has a well-earned reputation for fine food and wine along with great health and wellness experiences. We’ve chosen accommodation that affords you the opportunity to indulge along the way. You won’t feel guilty either, with all the mileage you’ll have racked up. We suggest taking a day off to visit the renowned local wineries and hot springs or simply take in a long lunch.

Alcohol or drinks with meals are not included (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

General Info

GENERAL INFO

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

This walk covers almost 95km 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 clifftop walks, undulating tracks, and the occasional short steep climbs. The walk is a relatively easy grade but a long one at almost 100km.

For what to bring please refer to Gear Advice on our FAQ section.

WEATHER

The summer months from January to February can be quite hot. March to May are usually delightful for walking, as is September to December. The winter months from June to July can be cool and occasionally wet but offer exciting beach walking.

Warning about tide times – this walking holiday includes some sections of beach walking, so you need to take into account the tide times when choosing a starting date. To check tide charts, 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 tide times. We can assist you if you need help understanding the charts.

INSURANCE

We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance policy as we charge a cancellation fee if you cancel your Auswalk holiday after we have confirmed it. We want to help make insurance more affordable by offering you a discount on policies purchased through NIB Insurance. This applies to any NIB policies issued via this linkGet an instant quote and purchase online now.

INFORMATION PACK

For nearly 30 years we have taken pride in providing seamlessly organised walking holidays, but we know, even with that in mind, that you’ll have many more questions. You will receive a very detailed information pack and itinerary approximately 6 weeks out from departure outlining all the fine detail and much more.

CONTACT

If you have any questions, feel free to ask one of our destination consultants or to speak with one of our guides. You can get in touch with us via our contact form, email us at info@auswalk.com.au, or call us on +61 3 9597 9767.

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    AVAILABILITY
    PRICE
    Single Occupancy
    DETAILS
  • 1 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2021
    AVAILABLE
    Details
    from

    $1945

    SINGLE OCCUPANCY
    $695

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