As travellers approach the Mornington Peninsula there is one landmark that can be seen for miles, Arthurs Seat. Standing 305 metres above sea level Arthurs Seat is 572 hectares of state park. Arthurs Seat is spectacular vantage point to say the least, on a clear day Melbourne CBD and even You Yangs and Mt Macedon can be seen from Arthurs Seat.
Arthur's Seat was named after a mountain near Edinburgh Scotland by Lieutenant John Murray during the first exploration of Port Phillip in 1802. Captain Matthew Flinders also climbed the Mountain during this voyage. Since then the park has been used for many different purposes including timber harvesting and grazing, but was declared a reserve in 1988 to protect the park from the threat of residential development and quarrying.
Arthurs Seat Scenic lookout can be accessed from either Mornington Peninsula Freeway or Arthurs Seat Scenic Road. There are a number of walking tracks and facilities including Two Bays walking track. At 26 kms, running from Dromana foreshore to Cape Schanck, it is advised that it is walked in sections. There is also a number of circuit walks 3km or less that enable walkers to view the glorious scenery from vantage points. At the summit there is BBQ facilities, parking, public toilets and even high powered binoculars for the public use. There is also a restaurant Arthurs Hotel, open from morning tea through to dinner.
Seawinds Gardens: With many walking tracks and beautiful gardens
Seawinds Gardens is located 500 metres from Arthurs Seat summit off Purves Road. Seawinds Gardens includes walking tracks, William Rickets sculptures, sprawling gardens, indigenous garden and of course major lookouts boasting stunning views of the entire Peninsula. There is also public toilets, barbeque, carpark and disabled access to both facilities and walking tracks.