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Moderate

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from $1995 pp

Guided Trip

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  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Meals
  • On the trail
  • Itinerary
  • Inclusions
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Overview

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.

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Highlights

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
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Meals

Enjoy

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.

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On the trail

the experience

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.

Itinerary

Daily details

Red Hill to Sorrento

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.

Day 1
RED HILL-MERRICKS TRAIL (6KM), MERRICKS BEACH – SOMERS (5.5KM)

Arrive by 9.30 am at Frankston train station (or RAW Travel’s office in Mornington) 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.

Meals: Lunch

Day 2
FLINDERS-BLOWHOLE-STOCKYARD CREEK (10KM)

Today we start right from our accommodation at Flinders. After breakfast, we walk towards the beach and follow the coastline along the Flinders ocean beach, a favourite with local surfers when the swell is running. We walk past the Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary on a pleasant beach walk. We then start climbing the hills that form sea cliffs all along today’s hike. Today’s walk is more strenuous and there’s a bit of ‘bush-bashing’ through long grass and mud to negotiate at times today, so make sure to wear your hiking boots and long pants or gaiters.

We wind our way over grassy hills past some spectacular homes and views back towards Flinders and Phillip Island. As we approach the Blowhole, stunning views of the Bass Strait coastline appear stretching into the distance with its rugged cliffs and untamed surf. Approaching the Blowhole we emerge from the thick scrub embankment to find a well-formed track and boardwalk to the Blowhole formation. We will take the time to explore the rock pools and hopefully catch sight of some elegant sea eagles along with other birdlife as we enjoy our lunch. Whales can even be spotted here in the winter months.

After exploring this rugged beach we head back to the walking track, which makes for considerably easier walking from here on as we walk on a narrow corridor of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. There are a few stopping points here that give great views over the rocky headlands and beaches 60m below us. We eventually drop down the black basalt cliffs overlooking a wonderful beach and rock pools where Tea Tree Creek meets the ocean at Cairn Bay.

The last section of today’s exploration follows a wide path along the cliffs to Stockyard Creek, an isolated bay that occasionally sees a visit from surfers but few other visitors, only cows. This is the end of the national park so we retrace our steps back along the track to Tea Tree Creek where our van awaits.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3
GREEN’S BUSH-BUSHRANGER BAY-CAPE SCHANCK (15KM)

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. We will descend down to the beach for a picnic lunch and 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, and descend on the long boardwalk to the coast, which has fantastic rock formations and views of the lighthouse on its headland.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
BRIDGEWATER BAY TO SORRENTO (8KM) & POINT NEPEAN HISTORY WALK (6KM)

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 we can take the boardwalk down to this rugged but quiet beach where few venture. We’ll continue back along the Lifesaving Track until we come to Koonya Ocean Beach where we stop for morning tea.

Continuing on we next come to Diamond Bay well worth the detour to see the stunning views of Cape Schanck to the east and, 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 (see if you can spot 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.

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5
PORTSEA TO COLLINS SETTLEMENT SORRENTO (6KM)

After our breakfast with a view, we transfer the short distance to the start of our walk along the unique Artists Trail from Portsea to 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 train station in the early afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

IMPORTANT NOTE

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, extreme weather or unforeseen difficulties with local suppliers due to the effects of COVID-19.

Inclusions

What's included?

Included
  • 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
Excluded
  • 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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