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Cape Schanck Lighthouse

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by Philippa Chalkitis (subscribe)
Social Media Manager with Carmel at Sorrento. Always looking for adventures on the Mornington Peninsula - Visit my social pages @carmelatsorrento or www.carmelatsorrento.com.au
Published July 15th 2019
Take them out (outside, that is)
Our little family of four was irritable, mutiny rumours were swirling within the ranks. We had been housebound too long with coughs and sniffles. A nature adventure with green rolling hills was needed.

Rugged up to brave the elements we piled into the car to venture out for some fresh air and fun and we were not disappointed. Our adventure took us to the Mornington Peninsula National Park.

A short walk along a shaded bush track and into open green fields, there she stood atop of the cliff, The Cape Schanck Lighthouse, an iconic structure of the Victorian coastline and only one of a few still working lighthouses.

cape schanck lighthouse, mornington peninsula
Cape Schanck Lighthouse


After a browse of the intimate maritime museum, originally the assistant light keepers quarters, we were offered a tour of the lighthouse by an extremely knowledgeable volunteer. Because there were not many visitors to the park on this fresh day, we were fortunate enough to receive a private tour.

Maritime Museum
Exterior of limestone Museum


Inside the lighthouse, the limestone blocks cocooned us from the weather. Removal of scarves, beanies and gloves helped us manage the spiral stairs. Upwards we marched only to stop momentarily to admire the views out of the peek-a-boo windows.

Child looking out lighthouse window


Soon we found ourselves up high in the tower almost preserved in its original form. Listening to the tour guide we were easily immersed in yesteryear, visualising and feeling the history of Cape Schanck throughout its heyday.

The door to the outside circular balcony was opened and we now had a bird's eye view of the park and the open waters of Bass Strait. Instantly we were silenced by the shock and joy of seeing the sprout of water from humpback whales making their oceanic journey before our very eyes.

Lighthouse View
Family on lighthouse balcony


Parks Victoria
National Park View


The Mornington Peninsula is a well-known holiday destination for the summer months but we have a secret… winter. With coastal villages, wineries, award winning restaurants and outdoor adventures, you could soon be in your own private winter oasis too.

There is a small fee for the lighthouse tour. The national park is ideal for little children with easy walking tracks and lots of room to run. Pack a picnic and the footy.There is also easy parking.
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