Two Bays Walking Trail

Two Bays Walking Trail

The Two Bays Walking Trail 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, waters and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The Two Bays Walking Trail is a 26km hike from Dromana to Cape Schanck showcasing the landscapes of Arthurs Seat State Park and Mornington Peninsula National Park before concluding at the spectacular coastal cliffs of Cape Schanck.  The trail is identified by a circular symbol displaying a Blue Wren, which can be seen on signage along the route.

Start at the Dromana foreshore on Point Nepean Road and walk up the stepped track and onto Latrobe Parade. Alternatively, start at the Dromana Visitor Centre and follow Latrobe Parade, until the entry to Arthurs Seat State Park, at the intersection with Bunurong Track. 

The trail features some short hilly sections including steep gravel sections around Arthurs Seat State Park. Beyond Arthurs Seat, the walk is relatively flat and includes eucalypt forest, rolling grassy sections through Greens Bush to spectacular coastal cliff sections near Cape Schanck. 

The trail is well signed but has areas of uneven ground, loose rock, bridge crossings and is subject to natural forces that result in fallen branches and debris. Always wear suitable footwear, be aware of changing trail conditions and carry drinking water.

The trail comprises a number of tracks to form a popular two-day hike but can also be completed as a long day hike or trail run. Alternatively, you can complete the walk a section at a time, as a range of shorter day hikes. 

Some bushwalking experience and a good level of fitness are recommended, but the trail is suitable for most ages and is a good introduction to overnight hiking.  

 

Things To Do

 
The lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula National Park

Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve

Perched atop dramatic cliffs, Cape Schanck offers stunning landscapes, dramatic volcanic features, unspoilt beaches and scenic walking tracks. It is also a site of rich European history, identified by the heritage listed Cape Shank Lighthouse precinct.
A family of four walking along a track at Baldrys Crossing in Mornington Peninsula National Park

Greens Bush

Situated between Arthurs Seat and Cape Schanck on the Mornington Peninsula and only 90 kilometres from Melbourne, Greens Bush is the largest remnant of bushland on the Peninsula. Surrounded by farmland, this island of native forest is a wildlife haven.
The view of Safety Beach and Port Phillip from the top of Arthurs Seat State Park.

Arthurs Seat State Park

Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat State Park is a prominent feature in the landscape of Port Philip Bay.

Two Bays Walking Trail

This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:

Antechinus
Crimson Rosella
Dolphins
Echidnas
Lace monitors
Koalas
Wallabies
Wedge-tailed eagles
Seals

How to get there

Two Bays Walking Trail

This walk is best completed from north to south, starting at Dromana foreshore following Latrobe Parade until the entrance to the state park at Bunurong Track.  Alternatively, there are several opportunities to come on and off the trail to complete the trail in sections. The trail is well signed and marked with a unique Blue Wren symbol. Using the map, look for parking symbols to indicate areas to start or finish smaller segments.

The trailhead at Dromana and Arthurs Seat State Park are both located approximately 60km south of Melbourne via the Mornington Peninsula Freeway. The trailhead at Cape Schanck is about 100km from Melbourne. 

 

When to go

With longer daylight hours, fit walkers may find it possible to complete the entire 26km walk in one day. Remember to carry sufficient water for your journey as there are no drinking water taps along the way. The birdlife and wildlife are often found to be at their most active in the cooler summer mornings.

Need to know

Two Bays Walking Trail

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.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Beach access closed at Number 16 Beach

    The access platform at Number 16 Beach has been closed for public safety until further notice. Assessments have revealed significant structural failures meaning it poses a significant hazard to visitors.   

  • Arthurs Seat State Park

    Mountain bike run closed

    Mountain bike run 'Crusher' - closed. This is due to extensive washing out of the trail, exposed tree roots and fallen trees.

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park

    Lifejackets Required For Rock Fishers from March 1, 2022

    A two-year trial of new laws that require rock fishers to wear a lifejacket at high-risk locations will commence on 1 March 2022.
     
    For Mornington Peninsula National Park, this includes the following locations:
    • Sorrento Back Beach rocks
    • No. 16 beach at Rye back beach
    • Bushrangers Bay rocks, east of Cape Schanck
     
    This factsheet includes maps of the affected areas.
     
    Fines apply if you don’t wear a lifejacket at these sites.
     
    To find out more, visit Victorian Fisheries Authority 

    Coastal Pest Predator Control Program - Mornington Peninsula National Park

    Between 31/10/22 - 05/03/23 Parks Victoria will be conducting a pest predator control program in coastal sections of Mornington Peninsula National Park. An objective of the program is to reduce fox numbers to relieve predation of native wildlife, particularly vulnerable and threatened species, such as the hooded plover and white-footed dunnart, in accordance with the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988) and associated Action Statements.
     
    The program will involve the use of para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) and canid pest ejectors to bait foxes in strategic dune locations. The risk of PAPP to native fauna is very low. 
     
    Dogs are prohibited from 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. 

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

    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.

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A woman with a large hiking pack takes in the view from Blanket Bay Campground.

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