Tea Tree Creek (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

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Tea Tree Creek (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Tea Tree Creek is close to the township of Flinders. There is a walking track that winds down through a shady Banksia Woodland to a set of stairs which lead down to the rocky shores. Fishing is a popular activity along the rocky shoreline, due to the gutters, rip holes and rocky reefs that provide refuge to the vast marine life. The rocky shoreline attracts visitors seeking to explore the rock pools or the rocky shore.

Hooded Plovers call the sand above high tide on this beach 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, Tea Tree Creek is a dangerous swimming area 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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Tea Tree Creek (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

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Tea Tree Creek (Mornington Peninsula National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • Management vehicle only
  • No motorbikes/trailbikes
  • No drones without a permit
  • No firearms allowed
  • No fires permitted
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No horses
  • No camping

Warnings

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

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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