Walking

Walking tracks are located along much of the coastline and through Greens Bush. Arrow markers outline tracks; orange markers indicate longer ‘through tracks’ and blue markers indicate ‘circuit walks’.
For the ultimate challenge, try the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk which links existing tracks across the peninsula; traversing wild ocean coastlines, peaceful bay beaches and tranquil bushland.

Ocean Beach Walks

Coppins Track
This walk starts at Sorrento Ocean Beach and winds 4 km along the clifftop to Diamond Bay. Take a walk through time, and discover some of the changes that have happened in the area during the last 100 years.

Farnsworth Track
The Farnsworth Track links Portsea Ocean Beach with London Bridge along the cliff tops. The track is 1.5 km long and takes 30-45 minutes to walk one way.

Start at either London Bridge or Portsea Ocean Beach and walk one or both ways along the track. Alternatively, complete a round trip by walking along the track and the beach.

Lifesaving Track
This 11km track was constructed in the 1890s to provide better access to the coast after two devastating shipwrecks.  A number of lookouts provide breathtaking views down the coast, with good vantage points at the Bay of Islands, St Paul’s, Koonya Ocean Beach and No 16 (the 16th lifesaving point). Detours to Diamond Bay, Jubilee Point and St Paul’s are well worth the trip.

The Coastal Walk
For those feeling more energetic, consider the 26km Coastal Walk which extends from Cape Schanck to London Bridge. See spectacular ocean views, hidden coves, rugged cliffs, tidal rock pools and dense coastal scrub.

Arrow markers indicate the walking track, where orange markers indicate longer ‘through tracks’ and blue markers indicate circuit tracks to intersecting locations. Look out for the Hooded Plover symbol which identifies that you are on the Coastal Walk. Check tides before setting off.

Cape Schanck to Bushrangers Bay
Follow the Bushrangers Bay track from the eastern carpark at Cape Schank to see some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. The track finishes at Bushrangers Bay, a sandy beach formed by Main Creek and surrounded by basalt cliffs. The return walk takes about 2 hours.

An extension to the track is part of the Two Bays Walking Track and leads to Rosebud Flinders Road (3km). This track provides fine views and passes through shady banksia groves before continuing northwards across the road and through stands of eucalypt and banksia towards Greens Bush (10km).

Fingal Beach
From Fingal Picnic Area, the 3km track leads through dense ti-tree to lookouts over Bass Strait.

Greens Bush walks
Situated between Arthurs Seat and Cape Schanck, Greens Bush is the largest remnant of bushland on the Mornington Peninsula.  The area contains a variety of vegetation communities and is a wildlife haven, making it an excellent place for nature walking.

Baldrys Short Circuit, 1.6km
A short but rewarding walk that takes you through eucalypt forest. Peppermint, Messmate and Manna Gum are the dominant overstorey species. Depart from Baldry Crossing (Melway map 254 G6).

Baldrys Long Circuit, 3.6 km
This track weaves further into the forest. There are several creek crossings, and the green, moist fern gullies are a welcome contrast to the drier forest. Depart from Baldry Crossing (Melway map 254 G6).

Long Point Circuit, 4 km
Accessed off the Two Bays Track, or midway between Highfield and Gate 3 on Rogers Road, this circuit passes through eucalypt woodlands with views across open grasslands and shady gullies of Coast Banksia and Blackwoods.

Two bays Walking Track, 8.9 km
This longer walk, an excellent way to see Greens Bush, is a link in the 26 km bush corridor from Dromana to Cape Schanck. There are several highlights along the trail - eucalypt forest mixed with spectacular stands of grasstree (the taller grasstrees may be over 200 years old), pockets of tea-tree thicket alive with birds, picturesque fern gullies and open grasslands.

The Two Bays Walking Track is identified by a circular symbol displaying a Blue Wren, which can be seen on signage along the track.

Mum helps her young son as he jumps off a large piece of drift wood at West Cape Beach.

Beaches

Walk white sandy beaches, swim in cool coastal waters or surf the wild waves of the Southern Ocean.
Father and son bird watching on boardwalk

Bird watching

From bushland to wetlands and everything in between, parks provide habitat to an abundance of common and rare bird species. Go for a wander and see how many you can spot.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.

Walking

Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
A husband and wife stop to take a photo of Masons Falls from the lookout.

Day trips

Pack the car and round up your family and friends. Whether you're seeking relaxation or adventure, parks offer a variety of day trips close to Melbourne.
A three year old boy leads his mum and younger brother through the forest near Grants Picnic Ground.

Family activities

Stash some supplies into a back pack and take the family out for a day trip and in only a short drive from Melbourne you can be surrounded by nature.
A couple walk down the track and away from the Lighthouse at Cape Schank on the Mornington Peninsula.

Lighthouses

Learn about the seafaring past of Victoria's rugged and unforgiving coastline at marine and maritime exhibits and sites.
A couple in their twenties chat at the Lakeview lookout in the Grampians National Park.

Lookouts

Observe the dramatic landscapes and coastal scenery of Victoria from lookout vantage points dotted across state and national parks.

How to get there

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Need to know

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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.

  • Mornington Peninsula National Park

    Coastal Trail Track closed

    A 380m section of Coastal Trail track has been closed due to recent land slip. It has been closed to protect public safety and to prevent further environmental damage. An alternative pedestrian access route is provided on the existing Lifesavers Track further inland for approximately 500m. Access down to Bridgewater Bay can be still achieved via the stairs at St. Johns Wood Road side.

    St Paul's beach closed

    Access to St. Paul’s Beach in Sorrento is closed due to cliff collapse and further cliff instability.

    Bridgewater Bay Coastal track closure

    Access along a section of the Bridgewater Bay coastal walking track has been closed due to a cliff collapse and landslip. It is closed due to the risk to visitor safety and to protect environmental and cultural heritage values. Visitors can still access the beach via the staircase, located near the St. Johns Wood Road park entry.

    London Bridge Arch closed

    Access near the London Bridge arch is temporarily restricted due to recent cliff collapse leading to unstable cliffs and potential for further rock falls.

Lightwood Camping Area

Lightwood Creek Camping Area is located mid-way between Baldrys Crossing and Boneo Road on the Two Bays Walking Track. It is a north facing open and level grassy area in a remote bush setting near Lightwood Creek accessible only by foot. The nearest vehicle access is 1km away at Rogers Road Gate 3 or from the Baldrys Crossing / Boneo Road trailheads. The camping area consists of two defined zones with space for 4 sites for up to 6 people. One zone has low picnic tables. A non-flush toilet is provided adjacent to the camping area. The camp has a 2 night maximum stay.

Fees no longer apply to this campground. No bookings are taken for campgrounds where fees do not apply.  Camping is first in, first-served
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