Hiking in Mornington Peninsula

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The Mornington Peninsula is a memorable walking destination. There are walks for all levels of fitness and interest from clifftop strolls to the ultimate 26-km (16-mi) Two Bays Walking Track. Stop in at the visitor information centers at Dromana or Mornington to see what walking maps they have on hand, or contact Parks Victoria, the government body that manages the state's national parks.

Here are some walks to get you started:

Arthurs Seat State Park: There is a one-hour circuit walk to Kings Falls, and the relaxing Seawinds Gardens walk is less than a mile in length and takes only about half an hour.

Bushrangers Bay Walk: An exhilarating 6-km (4-mi) return walk along Western Port Bay begins at Cape Schanck Lighthouse and winds past basalt cliffs and Bushranger Bay, to finish at Main Creek.

Coppin's Track: A pleasant 3-km (2-mi) round-trip walk that stretches from Sorrento ocean beach (or Back Beach as it's known) to Jubliee point along the Bass Strait coastline.

Two Bays Walking Track: A hard-core 26-km (16-mi) walking track that links Dromana, on Port Phillip Bay, with Cape Schnank on Western Port Bay.

Mornington Peninsula Walking Tours. Take part in half- and full-day guided strolls, including one along Millionaires Walk with its lovely natural vistas and expensive mansions in Sorrento and Portsea. A two-day coast-to-coast walk costs A$80 per person per day including packed lunch, and is cheaper if more people join the walk; you can stay overnight in a cottage at Cape Schanck Lighthouse at your own expense (about A$180 including breakfast). 29 Hughes Rd., Blairgowrie, VIC, 3942. 03/5984–4484; 0412/135–142 mobile. www.mornpenwalks.com.au.

Parks Victoria. This government agency manages all of Victoria's national parks. Its informative website includes information on safety considerations, special events, and park attractions. 13/1963. www.parkweb.vic.gov.au.

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