The Highlights Trip
On our Highlights Trip, you’ll experience the very best walking that the Mornington Peninsula has to offer with this guided walk. The Mornington Peninsula is home to hundreds of walking trails and hiking tracks that offer the best of both coastal and bush landscapes. The area is synonymous with outstanding local produce and wine, and abundant native Australian flora and fauna – and you can experience all of it on your own two feet!
Many of the RAW Travel Team are passionate Mornington Peninsula locals. They’ve grown up on these trails and explored all the nooks and crannies of this region. Who better than to help you plan your walk, and provide you with insider recommendations.
Explore beautiful vineyards and rolling hills of the renowned Red Hill wine growing area and take in some of the locals’ favourite walking beacheson the Westernport coast. Explore the Mornington National Park that lies at the heart of the Peninsula with beautiful fern gullies, woodlands and open heath inhabited by large mobs of kangaroos. Venture back to the coast for an amazing clifftop walk from Flinders to the Blowhole and onwards to Ti Tree creek.
Walk the Lifesavers Track set up in the 1890s along the sparkling beaches and eroded limestone cliffs of the Bass Strait beaches, a favourite for local surfers with its pounding waves. Venture to the narrow tip of the Peninsula and the Point Nepean National Park with its wartime forts, historic quarantine station, Harold Holt memorial and dramatic views across the narrow entrance of Port Phillip Bay to the town of Queenscliff on the opposite shore.
Walk the famous Sorrento Artists Trail, informally known as the ‘Millionaires walk’ because of the magnificent houses along the clifftops and beautiful coves with private jetties and explore the nearby site of Victorias first settlement with lunch in Sorrento.
Get Ready For
- Stunning national parks
- The vineyards of Red Hill
- Taste the Peninsula’s many food offerings
- The best of the Peninsula’s varied trails
- Stay in charming villages
- Walk sections of the clifftop walk between Flinders and Cape Schanck
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.
On the trail
Some sections involve walking through grassy dirt paths where the track is firm under foot, while other sections can be muddy, depending on the weather conditions. The trail will be undefined in sections and hikers should be sure-footed and have a good sense of balance. There are also a number of beach and dune sections (in particular along the Coastal Trail) so hikers need to be prepared for walking on sand, which can be tough going but also a highlight. You can expect to walk between 4 and 8 hours each day with regular stops to take in the natural beauty, and for snacks and lunch.
Arrive by 8.30 am at Frankston train station where you will meet your fellow travellers and RAW Travel guide and bus driver. From here it’s a half-hour transfer to Red Hill where we commence our first walk.
The trail to Merricks follows an old railway line and is a leisurely downhill walk on a wide path past vineyards and avenues of cedar trees. Passing rolling pastures either side you will get some beautiful views of Westernport Bay across to Phillip Island. We will have lunch at Merricks General Store, a Mornington Peninsula icon, where we can accompany our country style meals with wine tasting from excellent local vineyards. Very civilised!
In the afternoon we will have an easy walk along the back beaches of Westernport from near Merricks beach to the edge of Somers village. This area offers great views along the Peninsula coast and across the Water to Phillip Island and the Nobbies. This coast of the Peninsula has a very natural character with rock pools and healthy deposits of kelp that hint at the vibrant underwater world. Dolphins are often seen along this part of the coast where we’ll hike. The villages of Balnarring beach and Somers have an understated beauty that makes them a favourite of Peninsula locals to visit.
After our afternoon walk we drive onto Flinders, where our accommodation is located. Flinders is a charming village that is home to art galleries and interesting shops, cafes, a great pub and the Mornington Peninsula chocolaterie.
Today we climb to the highest point of the Mornington Peninsula – Arthurs Seat.
After breakfast, we transfer to Dromana and climb up the side of Arthurs Seat, taking in the unprecedented views of the Bay from McCrae to the Port Phillip Heads.
We enjoy a short walk around Seawinds Gardens, enjoying the some of William Rickets sculptures and again, taking in the magnificent views from several lookouts along the way. On a clear day the views extend to the You Yangs and Mount Macedon. We then descend through the eucalypts down to the trickling Kings Falls circuit walk – a short boardwalk circuit
through a fern gully.
Returning back to Seawinds Gardens, we enjoy a picnic lunch before heading off to the usually wild and windy Flinders Blowhole formation. We will take a cliff top walk to Tea Tree Creek with the time to explore the rock pools and hopefully catch sight of some elegant sea eagles along with other birdlife. Whales can even be spotted here in the winter months.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today’s walk is a true highlight of the Mornington Peninsula. From thick forest and bushland to spectacular coastal trails,
coupled with diverse and abundant wildlife, this walk is part of the iconic Two Bays Walk. After breakfast you will be transferred to Green’s Bush at the start of the delightful Baldry’s Crossing circuit walk. Starting off along Main Creek, keep an eye out for kangaroos and wallabies as many inhabit this area. There is variety of habitats we pass through from dense grasstree and eucalypt forest to open heathlands. We will stop for refreshments and a toilet stop at the Lightwood Creek camp spot.
Continuing on we pass through fields of grass trees and eucalyptus before crossing Boneo Road and continuing along the clifftop coastal portion of today’s walk. Stunning vistas and views of rugged Bass Strait coast accompany you until you reach Bushranger’s Bay, a popular spot with local walkers and surfers. Tide permitting, we can descend down to the beach for a
chance to explore the rock pools and golden sands. Climbing back up to the track we continue our scenic walk through to Cape Schanck. Take your time to explore the lighthouse,
former keeper’s house and museum grounds, and descend on the long boardwalk to the coast which has fantastic rock
formations and views of the lighthouse on its headland.
You have the option tonight (no evening opening in July) to visit the iconic Peninsula Hot Springs, an unmissable part of any Mornington Peninsula sojourn. The award-winning hot springs are in a natural bush setting. The 37 steaming pools have different themes and locations, from hammam rooms, saunas, ice caves and hilltop experiences to massaging jet pools.
This is an optional visit and entry fees and any treatments are an additional cost. Availability is often limited and bookings must
be made in advance online.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Today we get to experience the Peninsula’s famous ‘back beaches’ with some stunning clifftop scenery and quiet rocky bays to explore. For the history buffs, today we also learn about the important role the Peninsula played in Australia’s settlement. We begin with a transfer after breakfast to Bridgewater Bay and head towards Sorrento.
Our first stop is at Spray Point where, if we are lucky, we will get to witness the point’s namesake. We the drop down onto Koonya Beach and enjoy a short walk across the sands before re-joining the Lifesaving Track. Continuing on we next come to Diamond Bay – well worth the detour to see the stunning views of Cape Schanck to the eastand, on a clear day, the Otways to the west. Climbing back, we continue on to Jubilee Point. From here we take the meandering clifftop track with historic markers that explain the area’s history while also providing breathtaking lookouts over Bass Strait. We finish at Sorrento back beach where we will be transferred into Sorrento for lunch.
After lunch, we will be transferred to the historic Point Nepean National Park with its multitude of walks and fascinating history. Point Nepean is the traditional Country of the Bunurong People who have lived on and around this important cultural place for over 35,000 years. The coastline has been an important source of shellfish and other foods and extensive shell middens are reminders of that history. Point Nepean and Sorrento were home to the earliest European settlement in Victoria, including convict settlement, pastoral activities and lime burning. The Quarantine Station at Point Nepean was established in 1852 and was in use until 1979.
We will take in such highlights as the old Quarantine Station, Observatory Point Cemetery, Cheviot Hill (site of missing Prime Minister Harold Holt!) as well as Point Nepean itself with its WWII forts and stunning views across Bass Strait and Port Philip Bay. After exploring the park thoroughly, we will be transferred back to our accommodation for the night, the iconic Sorrento Hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After our breakfast with a view, we head off from our doorstep along the unique Artists Trail towards Sorrento. Established in celebration of those artists who have made the spectacular Peninsula scenery subjects of some of their major works, this walk stops at those positions along the way where the artists have sat to paint their works.
Along the way we will also take in the Millionaires Walk. This short walk will have you feeling like a trespasser as you literally walk through the backyards of some of the most prime real estate you could find. You will get to take in the views of beautiful homes and private jetties, seeing firsthand ‘how the other half live’!
Coming out at Sorrento Beach we will continue a short way to Collin’s Settlement. The site of Victoria’s first ill fated attempt at European settlement in 1803 and hear about the remarkable story of escaped convict William Buckley. From here we will be transferred back to Sorrento for our final lunch together before being transferred to Frankston Station in the early afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
All daily distances are approximate and this itinerary is subject to change. RAW Travel reserves the right to make necessary itinerary changes based on local conditions, group safety, track closures, extreme weather or unforeseen difficulties with local suppliers due to the effects of COVID-19.
- 4 nights ensuite accommodation in a boutique hotel
- 4 hotel breakfasts
- Lunches at Merricks General Store and a Sorrento eatery
- 3 excellent picnic lunches inspired with local produce
- Private transfers throughout plus pick-up/drop-off at Frankston train station
- Experienced RAW Travel walking guide
- Refreshment and snack stops
- Dedicated driver and support vehicle throughout
- National park admission fees
- Full carbon offset for your trip and an Australian tree planted on your behalf
- Travel insurance
- Dinners (can be taken at your accommodation or nearby restaurants and pubs)
- Single supplement (extra $850) – please enquire, limited single rooms available
- Entrance to Peninsula Hot Springs (optional)
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I have just completed the “Highlights of Mornington Peninsula “ tour with my friends Lois, Lorraine and Eva. I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. Our guides Nicki and Mandy were amazing. Their knowledge of the area and its history made the whole experience so interesting. We had thought about doing the self-guided tour at one stage and we are so pleased that we had all the inside information from both Nicki and Mandy.
The whole tour far exceeded our expectations. Every detail had been considered and catered for. Our accommodation in Flinders and Sorento was wonderful. The morning teas were greatly appreciated and lunch at Merricks was very special. Our picnic lunches from Jules at Flinders were way beyond expectations.
Nicki and Mandy went out of their way to ensure that we saw and experienced every part of the Peninsular that we spoke to them about and wanted to do. They tailored the trip to suit us. They were amazing!
I wanted to write and tell the RAW team how much we enjoyed our “Mornington Highlights’ trip last week.
Of course the Mornington Peninsula has stunning scenery, superb dining, and a lot of fascinating things to see. But for us, our guides Nicki and Mandy really made this an unforgettable experience. Having Nicki with us to lead our little group and having Mandy there with the snack / recovery van just made it such a carefree 5 days. We didn’t have to worry about anything. And we really enjoyed spending time with the other couple on the trip, Maree and Don. They were fun, smart, and certainly very fit walkers.
To top it all off on the day of our anniversary the van showed up laden with balloons and a gift from Nicki and Mandy. Very thoughtful. They also gave us tips for the few days we stayed on the peninsula after the trip ended. All in all it was a great experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Please pass on our thanks to Nicki, Mandy, and the team.
Norman Hermant & Karen Percy
Just a note to let you know how much I enjoyed our recent walk with Raw. We were so well looked after, from beautiful accommodation, great food and best of all two of the best guides ever Mandy and Nicki! I would definitely recommend this walking trip to my friends and family, in fact we haven’t stopped talking about all the good times since we arrived back in Gerringong NSW! Thanks for such a memorable holiday and a big cheer to Mandy and Nicki who were so caring and informative they made the whole trip magic! The Mornington Peninsula certainly is a beautiful spot to visit.
We’re just getting back to you to let you know how much we enjoyed our Mornington Peninsula walk which finished on Sunday. It was a wonderful experience all round and we want to pass on our particular thanks to Mandy and Nicky who did an excellent job of making this a very special experience for all of us in the group.
For people of our vintage, who still want to enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle, this level of walking challenge plus the comfort of staying in nice accommodation and enjoying good food, is a perfect combination. We hope that RAW will be able to develop more opportunities of this kind for our age cohort to enjoy. Many thanks to all RAW staff.
Helen & Hardy Palethorpe
Food, Wine and Walking – Mornington Peninsula
- Walk some of the best trails, accompanied by taste sensations
- Feast on lunches featuring fresh and local cuisine
- Learn about wine production at one of the best vineyards
- Local food producers, behind-the-scenes on a farm, vineyard and olive grove
The Self-Guided Trip – 4 day – Mornington Peninsula
- Experience the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk
- Be supported by our local office and local driver
- Take in the beautiful bay villages of Portsea and Sorrento
- Walk Arthur’s Seat, Mornington National Park, Cape Schanck Coast and Point Nepean National Park
Mornington Peninsula Walk Full Circuit – Self-Guided Trip
- Experience the 100km Mornington Peninsula Walk
- Climb over the famous vantage point of Arthur’s Seat
- Take in the beautiful bay villages of Portsea and Sorrento
- Arthur’s Seat, Mornington National Park, Cape Schanck Coast, Point Nepean National Park
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