What a great time to get out and explore the beautiful Mornington Peninsula that we call home! With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions we're enjoying being able to get out to our favourite cafes and restaurants again, though with the limit on numbers it can be a little hard to get a booking. So with nice weather forecasted why not head out and explore nature before Winter really sets in! Here's some of our top picks...
Dromana Bay Trail
The 30km Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail extends along the Port Phillip coast from Safety Beach to Portsea. This shared pathway offer walkers and cyclists great views as it winds its way along the foreshore reserve and is flanked by the beautiful sandy bay beaches and clear waters of Port Phillip.
Starting at the corner of Marine Drive and Point Nepean Rd, a gravel pathway weaves in between the trees on the Dromana Foreshore and takes travelers from the Safety Beach end of Dromana, to the McCrae end at the other. The Dromana pier and the Dromana Lifesaving Club are prominent points situated about half way along this trail and the playground and reserve at the Dromana Pier offers walkers a place to relax and grab some lunch, with many shops and restaurants directly across the road. The path continues through the foreshore reserve past the Visitor Information Centre towards McCrae. This section also includes some of of the Peninsula's famous colourful bathing boxes.
Lookout Hill Circuit Walk, Red Hill
A rewarding, peaceful short bush walk in Red Hill in a small pocket of the Arthurs Seat State Park. The walk travels through stringybark forest and open sheoak woodlands, with little gullies and nice vistas through the trees. It offers excellent views of the coast over Dromana and Safety Beach to Mount Martha and Port Phillip, and as far as Melbourne.
Flinders Blowhole Walking Track
Magnificent views can be seen of the wild surf and rocky Bass Strait coastline. There is a well-made track and a wooden boardwalk and stairway to the blowhole.
Great photo opportunities exist with the blowhole on the right at the end of Elephant Rock. Little Bird Rock on the right and many birds use this as a resting place so if you are lucky you may see sea eagles soaring above.
Beware of large sea swells and slippery bluestone rocks when exploring near the blowhole.
The Blowhole track is off Boneo Road (opposite Razorback Road) between Flinders and Cape Schanck.
The Briars Park Walking Trails
The Briars Parks is home to abundant native flora and fauna. Vegetation varies with Woodland and Wetland walks and short link walks providing amazing opportunities to experience nature at its best in this beautiful property. A range of walks are accessed via the Wildlife Sanctuary Visitor Centre.
The Wildlife Sanctuary is open every day except Christmas Day, Good Friday and days of extreme weather danger. You can drop into the Visitor Centre and collect a walking map before exploring the property. Though it's best to call ahead at the moment as we're not sure what restrictions or opening hours are in place with COVID-19 restrictions.
And our favourite walking trail of all is on every Saturday on the Mornington Peninsula, the Joel Hood Property open for inspection schedule! You may need a car to complete it, but if you're actively looking to purchase property in the local area we're sure to have something you'll be interested in inspecting...
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