This spectacular 2680ha park takes in almost all the wild ocean beaches of the Mornington Peninsula between Portsea and Flinders – a 40km stretch of coast – and also the largest area of bushland left on the peninsula. It protects coastal plants and animals, some threatened or endangered like the beach-nesting hooded plover, and a rich Aboriginal and European heritage.
Best time to visit
Summer and autumn are ideal for water-based activities and there are great opportunities for walking, bike riding and exploring heritage in all seasons. Winter walks along the ocean beaches can be wild and invigorating.
What to do
Enjoy beach and coastal walks, like those at Cape Schanck, Bushrangers Bay and Baldrys Crossing, plus the Two Bays Walking Track and Coppins Track near Sorrento. Explore rockpools with the help of the excellent pocket guidebook Life on the Rocky Shores. Go for a scenic drive and picnic, look for birds and other wildlife, or try fishing, diving, surfing and swimming. Note that many of the ocean beaches are unpatrolled and can be very dangerous for inexperienced swimmers. Look for patrolled beaches like those at Portsea and Sorrento. Dogs are no longer allowed in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.