Fingal Beach (Mornington Peninsula National Park)


Fingal Beach (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Enjoy this spectacular walk that overlooks high above Cape Schanck's rugged coastline, meandering through dense coastal woodland before descending multiple steps to the isolated and tranquil Fingal Beach.

The nearby Fingal picnic area is perfect for a packed lunch or BBQ before exploring furthermore around this stunning coastline. Walking tracks lead to nearby lookouts with spectacular views of basalt cliffs and Fingal Beach which is exposed at low tide.

The return walk (3km) and access to the beach is via a steep staircase. A longer walk to the northern Gunnamatta Beach (5km) is also available from the Fingal Picnic Area.

How to get there

Fingal Beach (Mornington Peninsula National Park)



Need to know

Fingal Beach (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No generators
  • No vehicles
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • No bicycles
  • No camping
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No horses
  • No fires permitted


  • Animals and pests
    • Sharks
    • Snakes
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
    • Steep descent
    • Uneven ground
    • Slippery surface
    • Steep track
    • Unstable cliffs
  • Other warnings
    • Trees may fall take care
    • Unpatrolled area
    • Limbs may fall take care
  • Water hazards
    • Strong currents
    • Rough Surf
    • Deep water
    • Submerged obstacles

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.

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.

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. 

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