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Friday, January 29, 2010

Fingal Beach, Mornington Peninsula National Park

On Thursday January 28, 2010, I visited Fingal Beach, in the Mornington Peninsula National Park, about 100 km south of Melbourne.

It is reached by a 4 km (return) foot-track, starting at the Pines Picnic area on the Cape Schanck Rd.

The track initially winds its way through coastal bushland, passsing a lookout with superb views along the coast.

From there, it follows the cliff top, then reaches a junction. The track contuinues along the cliff top to Gunnamatta Beach, about 3 km further on.

The track to Fingal Beach starts at this junction, and is a very steep descent about 1 km on steps and a staircase to the beach, far down below.

The beach is sandy, with many rock formations exposed at low tide.

I went along the beach westerly towards Gunnamatta Beach, linking up with a previous hike of some weeks ago.

The return was up the steps, then along the "shortcut track" back to the picnic ground.

All this was about 4.5 km - there is a change in altitude from123 m to zero.

The ascent is rather tough! Not recommended on very hot days !

See all of the Photos of my visit!

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