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
Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve
Two Bays Walking Trail
This area is well known for its wildlife. Keep an eye out for:
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
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 BeachThe 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 closedMountain 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, 2022A 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:
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
- Sorrento Back Beach rocks
- No. 16 beach at Rye back beach
- Bushrangers Bay rocks, east of Cape Schanck
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 BeachThere is a landslip affecting the beach west of Mushroom Reef, Flinders Ocean Beach (within Mornington Peninsula NP). Please do not approach the slip.