Cape Schanck

Walk from clifftops to beaches in the Mornington Peninsula.

Mornington Peninsula is the perfect day trip when you need to escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne city life. Only an hour from the city, the region boasts a number of vineyards, farms, and outdoor activities. And with a plethora of picturesque coastal spots to choose from, you'll definitely have to go back more than once. 

Cape Schanck, the southernmost tip of the peninsula, is a great place to go if you want a leisurely stroll along a striking coast. Atop of the cliff stands the Cape Schanck Lighthouse showing off its 1859 architectural beauty. A timber boardwalk begins at the main car park, descending you from the clifftops through bush to rocky beaches. Along the way, there are several viewing platforms to take it all in.  The large jagged rock formation at the bottom, which seems as if someone has just plonked it there from out of the sky, is Pulpit Rock. Formed over millions of years, it is a remarkable coast line complete with ferocious waves and basalt rock pools.

If you're wanting more of a walk, the Bushranger's Bay Trail begins at Cape Schanck and ends at Main Creek. The 5km (return) path meanders through the Australian bush, next to farmland and along the rugged coast, with stairs heading down to the bay if you want to get close and personal with those wild waves.

Cape Schanck, Mornington Peninsula National Park, Victoria, 3939