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Monday, April 20, 2009

Exploring the Portsea Foreshore Reserve

On Sunday April 19 2009 I visited Portsea, about 120 km south of Melbourne, on the Mornington Peninsula.

My visit concentrated on about 3 km of walking tracks in the Portsea Foreshore Reserve and nearby, which extends generally for about 2 km east of the town of Portsea. It includes the historical Point King Lookout/cairn and beach, and Shelly's Beach.

European visitation of the area dates back to 1802 when Lieutenant Murray spent over three weeks exploring its features. He named Point Nepean and, at Point King, he thrust the Union Jack proprietorially into native soil. A cairn now marks the spot.

The region was once used for lime production, and the remains of old kilns may be seen.

Walking tracks and staircases lead down to the Foreshore Reserve and the sandy beach, reached from Point Nepean Rd west of Sorrento. The main access points are from small car parks at the end of Point King Rd and Hemston Avenue.

Point King Beach has many private bathing boxes and small boat sheds, nestled at the base of the cliffs. The main jetty extends about 100 m into the Bay.

The views from the clifftop walking tracks and the Lookout are spectacular, with marvellous panoramas across the Bay, to Arthur's Seat, and over the Sorrento small-boat harbour. The Queenscliff passenger ferry was making its way to Sorrento.

See my set of
Photos of the visit!

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