When you head down our way, to the beautiful Big Blue Backyard. You will find that the Mornington Peninsula offers some of the very best bushwalk tracks within an hours’ drive from Melbourne, what is not to love about that?? For those of you that haven’t explored, I would love to introduce you to 4 of my favorite walks on the wild side. The big beautiful blue ocean side of the peninsula. Tiding over and over again from the tip of the heads and the entrance of Port Phillip bay past the infamous Cheviot beach and missing PM. Down along pale yellow beaches, rugged dunes with hidden ancient middens (evidence of a bountiful beautiful landscape of millions of years), up cliff tops, onto green cattle grazing pastures around into Western Port Bay. This BEAUTIFUL landscape in which Big Blue Backyard so luckily nestles into.
Ken Martins Walks of the Mornington Peninsula
Ken Martins Walks of the Peninsula are available in each secluded hideaway. Detailing over 60 walking tracks dotted around the Peninsula. You can take that with you as your guide book for the day.
Cape Schank Lighthouse, boardwalk and Bushrangers bay
First off is Cape Schank Lighthouse, boardwalk and Bushrangers bay.
“ A standout location with spectacular, elevated views….Be it storm or strong winds or a perfect summers day, come and see one of the ‘high points’ of the Peninsula.
Koonya Ocean Beach to Sorrento Ocean Beach
Second would have to be Koonya Ocean Beach to Sorrento Ocean Beach – and back! A walk with great views, well-maintained trek and a halfway point where you can obtain the obligatory coffee, lunch or cool drink.
Point Nepean National Park
Next favorite, Point Nepean National Park – sublime, you get the bay and the Ocean fix, amazing views, great tracks. Ken writes ‘History and rugged ocean coastline, walking tracks and manicured lawns, defense fortifications and serene grandeur:’
Last but not least!
And last but not least my favorite walk WHICH IS NOT IN THE BOOK, but described in your hideaway compendium. This one is from your hideaway (when you stay @bigbluebackyard), down the bush track following the blue-painted arrow stones. Turn to your left when you are halfway down the dunes onto a thoroughfare track and head across the St Andrews Beach car-park and around the horse restrictive fence into the moonscape dunes all the way to the very end! Pop over the high dunes when the track comes to the end. That’s the end of St Andrews Beach- Boags Rock. Follow the watermark watching out for the red beak Oystercatchers on the edge of briny rock pools and the almost extinct hooded plovers right on the high tide mark. Walk all the way past the second black outcrop of cliff, up the last track to Ocean drive and then do a U-turn. Walk down Ocean drive in the direction you have come and marvel at the plastic white container box style house that has recently won every architect award including best swimming pool! Down the newly created bush path which is not well signposted but easy enough to find. ( thank you all our local rangers from Parks Victoria for clearing this bush track it makes for a lovely circuit) You will pass a few more extraordinary coastal holiday homes including Nando Kastelidis, the most photographed beach house in the world that looks like a shipping container and then there is one that looks like a sand dune or there is rammed earth, core 10, rust, and glass – all bloody marvelous. Continue all the way past the rusted double gates in the middle of the track – dune scape on either side and the big blue ocean beyond them to your right. Soon you will find yourselves right back at the bottom of where the blue arrow painted stones stopped.
Head up to your secluded Hideaway
collapse on your kingsize bed, enjoy a cup of tea on the couch, or fresh alfresco in your outdoor shower to the sounds of the distant waves and the birds in surrounding bush.