The Most Scenic Mornington Peninsula Walks to Discover
Whether you love a lesiuresly stroll or consider yourself an adventurer, these nine Mornington Peninsula walks are the best for exploration.
The Mornington Peninsula is blessed with some of Victoria’s most gorgeous and varied natural scenery, from sweeping beaches and dramatic cliffs to untouched bush and picturesque seaside towns. The best way to explore it all is on foot, with countless walks to suit every skill and schedule. Whether you’re after a scenic morning stroll or an all day trek, these are the unforgettable trails that you should add to your itinerary.
Quarantine Station Walk
Located within the Point Nepean National Park, this walk takes you around a historical precinct containing almost 50 heritage listed buildings. Built in 1852, they offer a glimpse into how new Australians spent their first few weeks here, with a community of hospitals, a disinfecting complex and morgue processing both humans and livestock. The precinct’s sprawling lawns and far-reaching bay views make it a walk that’s as scenic as it is interesting.
Distance: 2 kilometres
Red Hill Rail Trail
This picturesque walking trail follows the route of an old railway line which connected Red Hill to Merricks (fun fact, it was used to transport fresh apples that ended up in Melbourne). Take in scenic views over vineyards and Western Port, cut through pine trees and wind up at Merricks, where you can recharge with coffee and lunch at Merricks General Wine Store. This trail is also dog friendly, making it a great option for those with four-legged friends in tow.
Distance: 12 kilometres
Two Bays Trail
Seasoned hikers can make a day of the Two Bays Trail, the longest continuous walking track on the Mornington Peninsula. Extending between Dromana and Bushrangers Bay, it comprises a stunning diverse range of landscapes, from natural bushland to sweeping beaches. While there are sections with boardwalks, bridges and steps, expect a few steep sections alongside informal grass and gravel paths.
Distance: 26 kilometres
Cape Schanck Boardwalk
If you’re short on time, head to this boardwalk for spectacular views at all times of the day. It’ll take you little more than half an hour to complete (though be prepared for lots of stairs) as you descend cliffs onto the rocky beaches below. Endlessly breathtaking views of the coast line, lighthouse and natural vegetation accompany every step.
Distance: 1.5 kilometres
Fort Nepean Walk
Built in 1882 and in service until the end of WWII, Fort Nepean is a priceless piece of our military history. It’s accessible only by foot, bicycle or shuttle bus, but the three kilometre walk is well worth it when you can explore tunnels leading to gun emplacements, ammunition stores and a historic cemetery. On the way you’ll also pass Cheviot Beach, the infamous site of Prime Minister Harold Holt’s disappearance, and the Rip, a notoriously hazardous stretch of water that has claimed many ships and lives.
Distance: 3.5 kilometres
Bushrangers Bay Walk
The reward for finishing this walk is access to Bushrangers Bay, a stunning protected cove that comprises a sandy beach surrounded by basalt cliffs. Start at Cape Schanck car park before following coastal clifftops that offer excellent views over the sea and even glimpses of the Cape Schanck lighthouse. Down below, you’ll also see wild waves crashing onto jagged rocks.
Distance: 2.6 kilometres
Arthurs Seat Circuit Walk
After a leisurely walk you can knock out before brunch time? This short circuit takes you around Arthurs Seat, one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most notable natural features. Along the way you’ll pass lovely lookouts, duck ponds, Indigenous gardens and views that stretch all the way to the city skyline on a clear day. Top tip – pack a picnic and stop for a scenic lunch at Seawind Gardens, where there are barbecue facilities and bathrooms available.
Distance: 1.8 kilometres
Capel Sound Bay Trail
The Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail is made for those who love long walks on the beach, with a whopping 30 kilometres of shared trails winding past sandy bays and clear waters. The Capel Sound section is a much more achievable four kilometres, taking you from Chinamans Creek through to the Rye foreshore. There’s cafés and shops at either end to reward you for your walk, plus some of the Peninsula’s most colourful bathing boxes to snap a pic with in the middle.
Distance: 3.75 kilometres
Located in Mount Martha, The Briars is a treasured conservation site that’s home to abundant native flora and fauna. Explore this haven via several walks that range from a 600 metre boardwalk through wetlands to a longer four kilometre stroll through dense scrub and woodland. There are also a couple of trails that follow along creeks, while the ‘historic homestead’ walk takes you past lush gardens, a historical homestead and adorable farm animals.
Distance: 0.5-4 kilometres
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