Bushrangers Bay Walk (Mornington Peninsula National Park)


Bushrangers Bay Walk (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Bushrangers Bay Walk commences at the eastern carpark at Cape Schanck Lighthouse. You will meander through Coastal Alkaline Scrub and Swamp Scrub and drop down onto the magnificent Bushrangers Bay, which is surrounded by basalt cliffs with a large sandy beach formed by the outlet of Main Creek. If the tide is in you may get wet feet when wading across the shallow estuary of Main Creek.

When finished exploring the beach, and rockpools at low tide, and investigating the wonderful landscape in this area, follow the track back to Cape Schanck Lighthouse. This walk is a 5.4km return trip and will take approximately 2 hours. The walk has sandy unsealed narrow paths with steep stairs in some areas.

If you’re looking for something a little further then take the Two Bays Walking Track which is an off shoot of the Bushrangers Bay Walk and continues on north through shady banksia groves along the west bank of Main Creek back towards Boneo Road and Greens Bush.

Hooded Plovers call the dunes at Bushrangers Bay home, so it is important to follow all signage and keep off the habitat area for this magnificent but vulnerable beach-nesting bird. Snakes are also another creature that calls this area home, so please stay on the existing paths to avoid any unnecessary encounters.

Although beautiful, Bushrangers Bay is a dangerous swimming beach with unpredictable rips, strong currents, rocky reefs, and large waves. The beach is unpatrolled with limited access for emergency services. Given the aforementioned hazards, swimming is not recommended.

Before you visit check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at www.emergency.vic.gov.au, on the VicEmergency smartphone app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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Bushrangers Bay Walk (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

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Bushrangers Bay Walk (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed



Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

Fox Control Underway

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 cage and soft jaw leg hold traps, Canid Pest Ejectors with para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) poison and buried PAPP poison, to bait foxes in strategic locations. Short track sections may be closed to isolate works (secondary tracks only). 

Fox trapping and 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.

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.

London Bridge Toilet Closure

The London Bridge toilet facility is temporarily out of service. The nearest public toilets are located at Portsea Ocean Beach area or Portsea Pier.

Deer Control in Mornington Peninsula National Park

Parks Victoria will be undertaking a deer control program in the Greens Bush area of the Mornington Peninsula National park over approximately 6 nights between July 15th and August 30th 2024. During these nights the site illustrated on the attached map will be closed from dusk till dawn for shooting operations. Signage will be placed on entrances to the site whilst control operations are being undertaken. For public safety reasons please do not enter the site during these times. This program will use professional contract shooters and will operate between the 15th of  July 2024 and the 30th of August 2024. The contractors will be harvesting the deer where it is practical and safe to do so. Please contact Parks Victoria on 131963 if you have any further questions.

Attachments: Greens Bush Map (Visitor Guide) (5,432KB)

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