Mornington Peninsula

Mornington Peninsula Coastline - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC

The Mornington Peninsula National Park has long been a favourite for summer holidays. Covering 2,686ha, its diverse coastal environments range from the basalt cliffs at Cape Schanck to the native bushland of Greens Bush and the roaring surf of Gunnamatta. Historic Point Nepean has old fortifications interpreted by displays and soundscapes, and spectacular views of the Port Phillip Heads.

Things to see and do:
- Swim or surf at the ocean beaches (for safety swim at patrolled beaches or in rockpools)
- Try the Bushrangers Bay Nature Walk, starting at Cape Schanck, or the Farnsworth Track at Portsea
- Explore Point Nepean's historic fortifications and enjoy fabulous ocean and bay views
- Have a beach picnic
- Walk the ocean beaches or along the Main Creek Track through Greens Bush
-Tour the Cape Schanck Lighthouse (adjacent to the park)
-Enjoy the panoramic view from Arthur's Seat

A wide range of hotels, motels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and camping and caravan parks are available in and around the townships of Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Sorrento, Portsea, and Flinders. You can also stay in the lighthouse keeper's quarters at the Cape Schanck Lighthouse.

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Dolphins - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC
Seals - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC
Yachts Moored - Photo courtesy of Tourism VIC

Underwater Recommendations

There are so many dive sites to choose from that there will always be a few that suit the current weather conditions. Explore the wrecks of the J-Class submarines. Interact with Australian Fur Seals. The seals are very comfortable around divers and will come up close to check you out. This area offers wonderful shallow water dives, teeming with life. Have a look at the small things and find sea stars, zoanthids, nudibranchs, crustaceans and sea spiders.

Getting There

The 90km drive from Melbourne via the Nepean Highway and Peninsula Freeway takes about 2 hours. Alternatively, go by train from Melbourne to Frankston, then by bus to Portsea. Ferry services operating between Queenscliff and Sorrento cater for car, bicycle and personal transport.

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