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Best Walks on Mornington Peninsula

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by Amelia Warrandyte (subscribe)
Walker. Coffee drinker. Writer.
Published August 20th 2019
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As the closest and largest peninsula in proximity to Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula is a typical holiday and travel destination for many city slickers.

The combination of beach and bush gives the area a rugged and natural feeling and allows it to be a popular location for hiking.

With thousands of people choosing to getaway to the peninsula each year, the number of walking paths has continually increased over recent years.

Today, there are a variety of short and long hikes that can assist travellers with touring the beaches and bushland making up the peninsula. Below are the top five trails in the area, attracting people across Victoria to explore the region.

1. Point Nepean

At the furthest point South on the Mornington Peninsula is Point Nepean National Park and the Fort Nepean Walking Trail.

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Point Nepean.


The historic trail follows the Fort Nepean Road and contains a series of military fortifications dating back to the 1880s. Visitors can explore the tunnels, forts and gun emplacements left from World War I and World War II.

On either side of the walking path is panoramic views over Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. From the Visitor's Centre, the walk is around 5km one way.

2. Bushranger's Bay

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Sunset at Bushranger's Bay.


From Boneo Road Car Park, hikers can begin a 2.5km trek to the isolated Bushranger's Bay.

The short, flat trail through bushland is relatively unscenic until the bay is reached. However, the 45 minute walk is certainly worth the rewarding peacefulness at the protected cove.

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The peaceful cove.


From the beach, it is possible to see the cliffs of Cape Schanck.

3. Cape Schanck Loop

The Cape Schanck boardwalk and staircase trail are renowned for its unique rock formations and sweeping views down the peninsula's eastern coast.

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Cape Schanck Lighthouse.


Lookouts along the trail provide views over the geological formations of Pulpit Rock and Devil's Desk.

At only 3km return, the boardwalk circuit is achievable by most fitness levels.

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A rugged coastline.


4. Esplanade Walks

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The Mornington Marina & Pier.


Each town on the Western coastline of the peninsula has its own esplanade walking trail, giving opportunity to walk along the shoreline, on busy piers and around full marinas.

In Mornington, walkers can begin hiking at Mills Beach, follow the trail around to Mornington Pier and Marina, continue up to Schnapper Point, and then around to Royal Beach.

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Esplanade foliage.


The coastal stretch between Portsea and Dromana is labelled The Bay Trail, which winds through foreshore camping grounds and out to a number of jetties and piers.

5. Arthur's Seat Circuit Walk

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Views from Arthur's Seat.


The short 2km loop trail around the gardens of Arthur's Seat is a simple and flat walk.

Arthur's Seat itself is a popular viewpoint over the lengthy Western coast of the peninsula. From the summit, it is possible to see as far as Point Nepean or Frankston.

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The peninsula's best lookout.


As well as the trails listed above, the Mornington Peninsula has a variety of hikes to soak in the local area.

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Why? Escape the city hustle and explore Victoria's favourite peninsula.
When: Leave early in the morning to ensure that your walks are completed before dark.
Where: All along the Mornington Peninsula.
Cost: The best part about walking: it's free!
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That's a great list Amelia. It just highlights how many wonderful areas are readily acvcessible to the public.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6964) 28 days ago
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