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Mornington Peninsula National Park

Mornington Peninsula National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country. 

Embracing the wild ocean beaches between Portsea and Flinders, and the kangaroo haven of Greens Bush, Mornington Peninsula National Park is a favourite of Melburnians looking to escape the nearby city. Experienced surfers flock to Gunamatta Beach, while rockpools at Sorrento Ocean Beach, close to town, are perfect for families.

Dip into the excellent surf beaches of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Tackle the waves of Gunnamatta, Flinders, Portsea and Rye ocean beaches.

Step out on The Coastal Walk for spectacular coastal views. The two-day walk meanders along high clifftops, through coastal vegetation and past stunning ocean beaches.

A haven for native wildlife such as kangaroos, Greens Bush is the largest fragment of native bushland remaining on the Mornington Peninsula.

Dogs are not permitted in Mornington Peninsula National Park. This includes beaches, carparks and Greens Bush.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Mornington Peninsula National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

A rocky outcrop with views out into a brilliant blue ocean

Two Bays Walking Trail

The Two Bays Walking Trail is a 26km hike from Dromana to Cape Schanck showcasing the landscapes of the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat State Park and Mornington Peninsula National Park.

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Mornington Peninsula National Park

Accessing the northern areas of the park can be done from Boneo Road, via Cape Schanck.
The southern tip of the park is better accessed from Nepean Hwy/ Point Nepean Road.

When to go

Celebrate the warm weather and make the most of the surfing, swimming, rockpool exploring and beachcombing opportunities within the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Portsea, Sorrento and Gunnamatta surf beaches are patrolled during summer holidays.

Need to know

Mornington Peninsula National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area (Mornington Peninsula National Park, Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve)

    Cape Schanck toilets closed temporarily

    Cape Schanck toilets are closed temporarily. We apologise for any inconvenience. Parks Victoria staff are working to repair this toilet block as soon as possible.

  • Flinders Ocean Beach (Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, Mornington Peninsula National Park)

    Mushroom Reef Toilet Closure Flinders Ocean Beach

    The toilet at Flinders Ocean Beach, Mushroom Reef is permanently closed.  The nearest alternative public toilets are Flinders town centre public toilets.

    Landslip affecting beach west of Mushroom Reef, Flinders Ocean Beach

    There is a landslip affecting the beach west of Mushroom Reef, Flinders Ocean Beach (within Mornington Peninsula NP).  Please do not approach the slip.

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park

    Mornington Peninsula National Park Fox Control Programs

    Parks Victoria are undertaking fox control in Mornington Peninsula National Park from Portsea Ocean Beach to Greens Bush to relieve predation of vulnerable and threatened native fauna. Programs involve the use of Canid Pest Ejectors and para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) poison as well as buried PAPP poison to bait foxes in strategic locations. 

    Fox baiting will occur until June 2025.
     
    Dogs are prohibited from entering Mornington Peninsula National Park. If pets are suspected of having consumed a PAPP bait during the baiting period, a vet should be consulted immediately. An antidote to PAPP (methylene blue) is available and stocked by most vets on the Mornington Peninsula. 

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