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Cape Schanck Boardwalk

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Published August 17th 2014
Cape Schanck is located in Mornington Peninsula National Park and is well-known for its iconic lighthouse and boardwalk. After already spending the day at Point Nepean, it was a bit late when we decided to head to Cape Schanck.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse
The lighthouse and sunset

After some information from the workers at Point Nepean, we were told the Cape Schanck boardwalk would still be open and we would at least get to see the lighthouse at night.

We arrived just in time to see the last of the sunset as a backdrop to the lighthouse.

Cape Schanck
The boardwalk

There are a few walks available, as outlined in this national park link. Due to the late night, we thought we would take the most basic walk and make it to the end of the boardwalk. As it was quite dark, it added a bit more of a sense of adventure to the walk.

Cape Schanck
Cape Schanck boardwalk

You really have to watch your step in the dark on the boardwalk, so I wouldn't recommend it! But we thought we might as well complete it since we were there.

The highlight is the many rocks on the shore towards the end and watching the waves crash against them.

Cape Schanck
The eerie waves on the rocks at night

It was no surprise that there were warning signs that said the platforms may get crashed by large waves. We witnessed big waves, but not big enough to reach us on the shore.

Cape Schanck
The lighthouse before leaving

After reaching the end and viewing the shore on both sides of the platform, we made our journey back up to the carpark. Cape Schanck is a nice stop to include if you are down the Mornington Peninsula end and you are looking for some beautiful, photogenic views.

If you visit during reasonable hours during the day, you can also visit the lighthouse and have a tour.
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Why? To view the iconic scenery and lighthouse at Cape Schanck
Where: End of Cape Schanck Rd, Cape Schanck
Cost: Free. Tours of the lighthouse $15 Adult, $9 Child or site/museum entry $12 Adult, $8 Child
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