Location

Mornington Peninsula

Difficulty

3-4

Moderate

Length

6

Trip Cost

from $1850 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Experience the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk taking in two diverse coastlines
  • Walk Arthur’s Seat, Mornington National Park, Cape Schanck Coast and Point Nepean National Park
  • Take in the beautiful bay villages of Portsea and Sorrento, and the rugged surf beaches
  • Be supported by our local Mornington office and driver who lives in the area

Explore the Mornington Peninsula Walk on your own terms with this self-guided package.

The Peninsula is Melbourne’s favourite weekend playground. With beautiful beach walks and spectacular clifftop hikes, the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk is one of Victoria’s top walks.

It combines four spectacular walks in a triangular route: the Two Bays Walk through the hinterland from Dromana to Cape Schanck, the Coastal Walk through the Mornington Peninsula National Park along the Bass Strait coast from Cape Schanck to Portsea, the Point Nepean Walk in and around the Point Nepean National Park, and the Bay Trail from Portsea to Dromana along the shores of Port Phillip Bay.

There are many highlights along the route. The walk starts with a climb over the famous vantage point of Arthur’s Seat and then winds its way through the wooded country and valleys of Green’s Bush before emerging at the rugged coastline of Cape Schanck and its lighthouse. From Cape Schanck you traverse a series of winding cliff-top trails and coves along the surf beaches of Bass Strait to the narrow tip of the peninsula at Point Nepean. After taking in the historic forts and the Artists’ Trail along Portsea’s glamorous foreshore (including the summer mansions of ‘Millionaires Walk’) you hike back along the foreshores and beach towns of Sorrento, Blairgowrie, Rye and Rosebud before reaching your initial start point once more at Dromana.

Our self-guided itinerary allows you to travel on your preferred dates (subject to availability), with private transfers and advice from our locally based staff. You’ll be picked up each day with a private transfer arranged to suit your walking pace and abilities.

We’ll provide you with a thorough briefing to get you started, our exclusive walking app for navigation and local information, 2 transfers each day, and lovely pre-booked accommodation with excellent meal options each day. You take breakfast at your accommodation each day, a nutritious and ample packed lunch is brought by our driver each day and dinner is at leisure allowing you to choose where and when you want to eat from the great local choices available.

Why are we your best choice for walking the Mornington Peninsula?

  • Personalised locally based service – call us to discuss your travel plans
  • We know the area intimately – we’ve operated walking trips on the Peninsula for 10 years
  • First-day briefing from our driver – a knowledgeable, enthusiastic local
  • Private transfers each day and advice on walk options
  • Flexibility around your travel plans
  • Different accommodation booked along the route to reduce transfer times
  • Our walking app for track navigation, a comprehensive information pack, and local back-up for any emergencies
  • We are the only Australian walking company that is BCorp accredited, giving back to local communities

We can start offering these trips from the 15th July, 2020. 

Are you a first-time or solo traveller?

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Mornington Peninsula – Walk Arthur’s Seat to Boneo (21km)

Welcome to the Mornington Peninsula! Meet at 8am today at the RAW Travel office, conveniently located in central Mornington (with ample car parking nearby) or pickup can be arranged at nearby Frankston train station (approx. 1 hour by train from Melbourne CBD).

You will be transferred to the start of your walk at Dromana, just below the hill of Arthur’s Seat. Here you’ll start with a climb on the flanks of Arthur’s Seat following the Two Bays Walking Track, which winds from coast to coast across the Peninsula. As you climb you’ll get fantastic views of the Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay spread out below you. The Two Bays Walking Track is identified by a circular symbol displaying a Blue Wren, which can be seen on signage along the track. You will be provided with a picnic lunch today to enjoy at one of the many beautiful locations on today’s route.

After climbing Arthur’s Seat you descend through parkland to emerge briefly in a residential area before you’re soon back in the countryside again. It’s a beautiful and varied walk today through native bushland, banksia groves, Eucalypt forest, past vineyards, rolling hills and pastoral land. Birdsong accompanies you along the way and there’s a very good chance you will spot some native wildlife – many wallabies and echidnas use the trail, particularly in the Green’s Bush section of the walk. You’ll walk through dense groves of very old grasstree forest and then open heathland where large mobs of kangaroos can be seen grazing. At the finish of today’s walk you’ll find a RAW Travel vehicle waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. Tonight you will overnight in Flinders, a charming village with art galleries, cafes and a relaxed atmosphere.

Meals: Lunch. Overnight Flinders Hotel or similar

Day 2: Bushranger’s Bay – Cape Schanck – Rye Beach  (16.7km)

After breakfast, you’ll start your walk on the Bushrangers’ Bay Track, which leads to the historic Cape Schanck lighthouse. The first section is an easy track above a valley that leads to the wonderful rugged expanse of Bushranger’s Bay, a favourite of local walkers. Take a stroll on the secluded beach before heading off on a well-formed track that will lead you to Cape Schank.

You’ll start to get glimpses of the red-topped lighthouse that sits on the clifftop overlooking Bass Strait. Constructed from limestone blocks and in operation since 1859, this working lighthouse continues to provide ships with safe passage between Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne through Bass Strait. It has an impressive light range of 26 nautical miles (or 48km). Today a historic tourist site, it houses an interesting museum in the old lightkeeper’s quarters. Before you leave make sure you take the impressive boardwalk that leads down to the beach with its multi-hued rock and dramatic views back to the lighthouse and coast you’ve just walked.

From the light station take the beautiful coastal walk that descends to the famous surf beach of Gunnamatta, a popular spot for Aussie surfers. The views along the Peninsula coast and beaches from here are fantastic. Continue walking along the surf beach at Gunnamatta and track to reach Rye beach where you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation. Consider a trip to the nearby Peninsula Hot Springs after your day’s walk and take a well-deserved and rejuvenating soak in an award-winning complex of natural hot springs (entry fees not included).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight Flinders Hotel or similar

Day 3: Rye Ocean Beach – Lifesavers Track – Sorrento (21km)

This morning, you will be met and transferred to the start of your walk. Today you embark on the Coastal Walk along the southern face of the Mornington Peninsula bound for Portsea. The scenery along the Coastal Walk and the views across the Bass Strait coast are nothing short of breathtaking. The first stretch sees you walk via inland tracks and around small headlands and past the distinctive Lizard Rock to reach the idyllic Dimmicks Beach from where you follow the Lifesavers Track for the next 11km. This track was established in the 1890s to ensure look-out points for ships in trouble, as well as to provide access pathways for rescuers to assist survivors of shipwrecks. It’s a reminder of how treacherous this coast is and the many ships that have to come to grief here. The track cuts in and out of some beautiful rugged coves and beaches. The section near Bridgewater Bay is particularly beautiful. From Bridgewater Bay to Sorrento you’ll pass Spray Point and walk to Koonya Ocean Beach and Diamond Bay before continuing on to the Coppins Track heritage trail. Tonight you’ll stay in Sorrento, a popular holiday haven for Victorians in the summer months. The town’s large boulevard is dotted with hotels, restaurants and cafes, and the pretty foreshore area offers shaded picnic spots and sheltered waters for a beach swim.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Overnight Sorrento Hotel or similar

Day 4: Sorrento – Portsea – Point Nepean, taking in Millionaires Walk (20km)

Today’s walk sees you reach the tip of the Mornington Peninsula – Port Nepean, located in the Point Nepean National Park. This area provides a great combination of beautiful natural landscapes and an interesting wartime history. Walking along both coastal and bushland tracks you will pass a number of historic sites including the Quarantine Station and military defences, which in WWII played an important role in protecting Victoria’s coast.

You begin with a coastal stretch from Sorrento to Portsea offers stunning views over Sorrento and Port Phillip Bay where you’ll eventually come to the Portsea surf beach. Your entry into Point Nepean National Park is via Wilson Folly Track (an extension of the Coastal Walk) at London Bridge. From Point Nepean you can experience some of the Peninsula’s most exquisite views across to the historic Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula and across the heads of Port Phillip Bay. Point Nepean was home to the indigenous Boonwurrung people who lived along this coast for thousands of years. It later became one of the earliest European settlements in the state.

Please note that on this section of the walk it is up to you how far you walk in Point Nepean National Park as there are various trail options and also an electric bus vehicle if you choose to skip a return leg.

After your visit of the area your walk then takes you to Portsea. The village of Portsea, one of Australia’s most exclusive addresses, is overflowing with cliff-top mansions and grand estates. The town itself is dominated by the famous Portsea Hotel, built in 1927 and extended over recent years. From Portsea you walk to Sorrento via the stunning Artists Trail, otherwise known as the ‘Millionaires Walk’, a spectacular clifftop walk which on a clear day offers views across Port Phillip Bay to the adjacent Bellarine Peninsula and across to Mount Dandenong. The exclusive mansions and properties that dot the coastline are some of the most upmarket property in the country.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight Sorrento Hotel or similar

Day 5: Sorrento to Dromana (22km)

As you farewell Sorrento you’ll join the Bay Trail today and make your way to Dromana. The walk takes you passed the Collins First Settlement site where the first official European settlement of Victoria was established in 1803, the beach of Blairgowrie then over Whitecliffs. The path winds through beautiful sandy bay beaches along foreshore reserve where banksia and tea tree dominate. The trail continues through McCrae and past Port Phillip‘s largest lighthouse, then via the rocky seawall of Anthony’s Nose. As you approach Safety Beach, dotting the beach are the colourful bathing boxes that are an icon of Victoria’s bayside areas.

Approaching Dromana, you’ll have the hills of Arthur’s Seat and Mount Martha in your sights as you close in on where you started on your first day. Tonight you will stay in Mornington, a lively town with many shops and cafes and which has been a popular and established seaside resort since the late 1800s.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Overnight Royal Hotel Mornington or similar

Day 6: Depart Mornington Peninsula

After breakfast, your Mornington Peninsula walking adventure comes to an end. You will be transferred back to central Mornington to collect your vehicle or to Frankston train station for your onward journey.

Meals: Breakfast only

IMPORTANT NOTE

All daily distances are approximate and this itinerary is subject to change. RAW Travel reserves the right to make necessary itinerary or hotel changes based on local conditions, group safety, extreme weather or unforeseen difficulties with local suppliers due to the effects of COVID-19.

Dates

Self-guided trips offer flexibility, independence and choice. Set your own agenda while someone else worries about the logistics. Our self-guided walking holidays are fully flexible which means you can normally start your walk on any day during the season and customise by adding extra days for resting or sightseeing. As you’re walking independently, you’re free to follow the trail at your own pace. You set your own speed as you are not limited by the constraints of group travel.

Note that if booking for a trip that leaves in 30 days or less, please be aware we cannot guarantee that your departure will be possible unless we have confirmed this via email first.

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Note:  Peak Season surcharges apply if travelling over December/January and over public holidays.

From May 8th to October 1st 2020 our special offer of $1 deposit applies to new bookings made in this period for website trips*. $1 is all you will pay in 2020 for trips departing in 2021.

From January 1st 2021 we will invoice you the remainder of the standard deposit ($499*) and the remaining balance payment at the standard 2 months before departure. All your arrangements will be fully confirmed then, as per usual. The $1 deposit offer does not apply to private groups or significant tailormade trip requests, please speak to one of our consultants if you have any questions.

If Government restrictions don’t allow for any travel in your chosen destination at that time (when the balance is due at 60 days prior to departure) then we will either postpone your trip or allow you to transfer to another destination and trip that has availability instead.

*Note - the standard deposit for Peru Lodge trips is $1000.

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Inclusions

  • 5 nights boutique hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • 5 breakfasts and lunches included
  • Private return transfers to the trailhead each day
  • Driver and support vehicle throughout
  • Luggage transfer on days your accommodation changes (1 bag per person)
  • Briefing with experienced local RAW Travel guide
  • RAW Travel’s exclusive interactive navigation app
  • Pick-up/drop off from Frankston train station

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Dinners
  • Single supplement
  • Items of a personal nature

Map & Guide

Reviews

Reviews based on our Victorian trips:

Donna Koehler, Anchorage (Alaska) – March 2019
Everything on our trip went smoothly. The accommodations were wonderful and our drivers/hosts were just the best. Can’t say enough about Bimbi Park where the food was amazing and the people that operate the park were so friendly and helpful. The accommodations were very comfortable. Especially the king size bed at the end of a long day of hiking. And Frank is a first-rate chef. Peter, our driver, was very helpful and pleasant and even ran an errand for us which was much appreciated. Robyn at 12 Apostles B&B is an excellent cook and very fun and knowledgeable about the area. It was a great experience.

Colin Carruthers, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018
A fantastic way to see the Great Ocean coastline. The route of the walk was mostly secluded resulting in getting the maximum exposure to the natural beauty of the place. Every logistical aspect of our walk was taken care of, ensuring we were able to simply enjoy the walk and the beautiful surroundings. The input from our guides and accommodation hosts was much appreciated.

Danielle Poynting, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018
A wonderful walk full of amazing scenery. Loved the pick-ups and drop-offs each day meaning we did not have to worry about logistics. Lee and Peter did a great job as did Drew when we moved on to the next section of our accommodation. Their knowledge of the area was also very helpful. Loved our meals and packed lunches. Would recommend RAW Travel.

Jean Wilson, Crace (ACT) – March 2018
I loved it all. The arrangements worked really well, accommodation was great and food ideal. Special mention of our drivers and guides Peter and Lee. They were very friendly and informative and a great help. The weather was just right for walking too. A great experience of a self-guided walk along with great detailed map and notes.

Albert Howe, Vincentia (NSW) – March 2018
Good management at the start, good support for the actual walk by the guides, good accommodation and great meals.

Earl Snijders, QLD – April 2015
Overall a powerful and unique experience which will remain with me for the rest of my life.

Doug Green, QLD – May 2015
Very well organised, fantastic places to stay and great food.

What our Clients Say

I loved it all. The arrangements worked really well, accommodation was great and food ideal. A great experience!

Jean Wilson, Crace (ACT) – March 2018

Good management at the start, good support for the actual walk by the guides, good accommodation and great meals.

Albert Howe, Vincentia (NSW) – March 2018

Overall a powerful and unique experience which will remain with me for the rest of my life.
April 2015

Earl Snijders, QLD

Very well organised, fantastic places to stay and great food.
May 2015

Doug Green, QLD

A wonderful walk full of amazing scenery. Loved the pick-ups and drop-offs each day meaning we did not have to worry about logistics. Loved our meals and packed lunches. Recommend RAW Travel.

Danielle Poynting, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018

A fantastic way to see the Great Ocean coastline. The route was mostly secluded resulting in getting the maximum exposure to the natural beauty of the place. Every logistical aspect was taken care of.

Colin Carruthers, The Ponds (NSW) – April 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Moderate