WHERE: Mornington Peninsula National Park
EXPLORE: Seawinds Gardens
WALK FROM: Hyslops Road, Main Ridge
WALK TO: Bushrangers Bay Carpark, Cape Schanck
Walk Distance: 10kms
Grade: Undulating to flat
Walking Time: 2.5 to 3 hours
Start Time: 10:30am
Finish Time: approx 4:45pm
Pick of the Two Bays Walk itinerary
Walking party and guide meet at Bushrangers Bay car park for car shuttle to Seawinds Gardens, Arthurs Seat, arrival 11:00am.
11:00 – 12:15 pm
Explore Seawinds Gardens, lovely views of the southern peninsula including Port Philip Bay and Bass Strait, the William Ricketts sculptures, indigenous and landscaped gardens and the Mathew Flinders Cairn.
Tea, coffee and juices with shortbreads and biscuits.
Back in the car(s) for the drive to the end of Hyslops Road to start your first walk section of 6 kms through Mornington Peninsula National Park.
Cross flat, bird abundant countryside for 1.5 kms to the start of the beautiful Greens Bush section of the Track. Continue through the ferneries, eucalypt forests and open grasslands offered by Greens Bush – passing through a magnificent grass tree forest on the way to the lunch stop at Lightwood Creek arriving approx. 2:00 – 2:15pm
Gourmet sandwiches, fruit & cheese platter and refreshments.
The walk recommences for the final 4km push to Bushrangers Bay car park.
Undulating to flat landscape taking you through beautiful eucalypt forest, walking above and alongside Main Creek until you enter open grassland – watch out for mobs of Eastern Grey Kangaroo – until you hear the traffic from Boneo Road, marking the end of the day’s walk at around 4:15pm.
End of walk:
Cheeses and dips, with refreshments.
Change clothing and put on a pair of comfortable shoes, your guide will take your group photo(s), then car shuttle in luxury back to Seawinds Gardens to collect vehicles and mark an end to a terrific day of discovery and achievement. Return to Seawinds Gardens shortly after 4:45pm (approx.).
Note: Trail Mix (dried fruits, nuts and chocolate) and water is available at all times from your guide throughout the walk.
This walk may be extended by another 5.5kms (approx. 1.5 hours) to the Cape Schanck Lighthouse car park, totalling 15.5kms for the day.