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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Exploring Cape Schanck - Mornington Peninsula NP

The Cape Schanck section of the Mornington Peninsula National Park, 100 km SE of Melbourne, is a popular destination for walkers, photographers, and other visitors, about 90 mins drive from the CBD.

Two good walking tracks start at the main car park (parking fee applies!) - these are the Boardwalk, and the Bushranger's Bay Track.

The Boardwalk descends for about 1 km along a wooden staircase, reaching sea level at the southernmost tip of the Cape. View points along the staircase offer marvellous panoramas of the rugged coastal scnery.

Pulpit Rock is nearby.

The Bushranger's Bay Walking Track goes easterly, 5.4 km to the Boneo Rd, not far from Flinders township. A side track leads to the beautiful Bushranger's Bay beach.

A third walking track starts just outside of the main car park, leading to the Gunnamatta Surf Beach, about 7 km to the north-west. A side track leads to Fingal Beach. Passing through bushland and along cliff tops, it can also be accessed from the Fingal Picnic Ground, about 1 km north of the Cape Schanck car park.

I visited Cape Schanck on January 21, 2009 - see the full set of Photos which show the lighthouse, the suberb coastal scenery, and the 2 km (return) boardwalk.

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