Dip into the excellent surf beaches of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Tackle the waves of Gunnamatta, Flinders, Portsea and Rye ocean beaches.
Portsea, Sorrento and Gunnamatta surf beaches are patrolled during summer holidays.
The Cape Schanck Lighthouse has been guiding ships along this treacherous coastline since 1859. Visit the lighthouse museum, join a tour and enjoy dramatic views over the Bass Strait.
Step out on The Coastal Walk for spectacular coastal views. The two-day walk meanders along high clifftops, through coastal vegetation and past stunning ocean beaches.
The sandy shore of Flinders Beach merges with the sandstone rock platforms of Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary, the perfect location for a snorkel or scuba dive - and a great place to see a Weedy Seadragon.
The spectacular amphitheatre-like setting of Sorrento Ocean Beach makes it a perfect spot for beachcombing. Explore the rockpools, some of which are large enough to swim in.
The Two Bays Trail snakes through Greens Bush across the Mornington Peninsula, from Dromana on Port Phillip to Cape Schanck in Bushrangers Bay.
A haven for native wildlife such as kangaroos, Greens Bush is the largest fragment of native bushland remaining on the Mornington Peninsula.
Explore the weathered sandstone formations of London Bridge and take in the vistas over Bass Strait from the lookout. Bring your snorkel and dive in to discover the rich marine life of the area or sit back and relax on the sandy beach.
Escape to the sheltered cove of Bridgewater Bay. Explore the rockpools, relax on the sandy beach and take in the views of Bass Strait.
Dogs are not permitted in Mornington Peninsula National Park. This includes beaches, carparks and Greens Bush.
Things To Do
Sorrento Back Beach
Sorrento Back Beach is located around 1.5km south of the town of Sorrento. The beach is a popular location for activities such as surfing, swimming, walking and exploring the rockpools at low tide.
The beach is patrolled on summer weekends and holidays. Please swim between the flags as ocean beaches are dangerous for swimming.
Facilities at the site include a large car park and picnic area with toilets. A café and kiosk is available year round and also caters for functions and weddings.
A short 0.5km circuit track from the lifesaving club to the lookout rotunda provides excellent views along the coast. Add 1.2km loop to Sphinx Rock.
Coppins track, which starts at the kiosk, is a three kilometre guided historic walk that winds along the cliff tops to Diamond Bay tracing the history of the area over the last 100 years. The track follows sections of the original 1800s limestone paved footpath.
Portsea Ocean Beach
This popular beach is a great location to explore the national park’s wide sandy beaches and naturally weathered cliffs.
Popular activities include surfing, swimming, walking and ocean fishing. The beach is patrolled during summer and school holidays. Refer to regulations and only swim between the flags.
Facilities include four large car parks with two toilet blocks, including an observation car park with lookouts and spectacular views of the coast.
Food is often available at a kiosk at the surf lifesaving club during summer holiday periods.
Koonya Ocean Beach
This open sandy beach is popular for surfing, fishing and sunbathing.
Facilities include two car parks, a lookout and a toilet block at the end of Hughes Road. The beach is accessible via stairs and a steep ramp.
Swimming is not advised as the beach is unpatrolled and can be hazardous due to large waves, strong currents and submerged rocky reefs.
Gunnamatta Ocean Beach
Gunnamatta Ocean Beach is the most popular surf beach in Mornington Peninsula National Park, with consistently high swells and rocky reefs.
This long stretch of exposed sandy beach is also popular with walkers who can follow the beach east towards Fingal and Cape Schanck, and west towards Boag Rocks. Ocean fishing is another common acitivity due to the many deep rip holes, gutters and rocky reefs.
Facilities include two large car parks and two toilet blocks, accessed via Truemans Road.
The beach is patrolled during summer and school holidays. Refer to regulations and only swim between the flags.
Rye Ocean Beach
Rye Ocean Beach is a popular surfing beach due to numerous reef breaks along the long stretch of exposed sandy coast.
Other popular activities include fishing and walking. Swimming is not advised at this unpatrolled beach as conditions can be hazardous due to large waves, strong currents and submerged rocky reefs.
Access to the beach is via a large car park and toilet block at the end of Sandy Road. The eastern end can also be accessed from walking tracks through the dunes at Ocean Drive, St Andrews.
Flinders Ocean Beach
A white sandy beach contrasted by the nearby basalt cliffs and rugged coast beyond.
A favourite family pastime is exploring the amazing rock pools of Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary. At low tide, the ocean withdraws to expose a huge mushroom-shaped rock platform extending from the beach. The reef is formed from ancient basalt and is famous for the diversity of marine life which make it their home.
Diving and snorkeling are popular activities on the subtidal reefs but take care of strong currents on this unpatrolled beach.
A hang gliding ramp is available on the cliff top above Mushroom Reef.
This popular beach is easily accessible from a car park off Golf Links Road, Flinders.
How to get there
Need to know
Change of Conditions
Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Beach access closed at Number 16 BeachThe access platform at Number 16 Beach has been closed for public safety until further notice. Assessments have revealed significant structural failures meaning it poses a significant hazard to visitors.
Flinders Ocean Beach (Mornington Peninsula National Park, Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary)
Landslip affecting beach west of Mushroom Reef, Flinders Ocean BeachThere is a landslip affecting the beach west of Mushroom Reef, Flinders Ocean Beach (within Mornington Peninsula NP). Please do not approach the slip.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Lifejackets Required For Rock Fishers from March 1, 2022A two-year trial of new laws that require rock fishers to wear a lifejacket at high-risk locations will commence on 1 March 2022.For Mornington Peninsula National Park, this includes the following locations:
This factsheet includes maps of the affected areas.Fines apply if you don’t wear a lifejacket at these sites.To find out more, visit Victorian Fisheries Authority
- Sorrento Back Beach rocks
- No. 16 beach at Rye back beach
- Bushrangers Bay rocks, east of Cape Schanck
Coastal Pest Predator Control Program - Mornington Peninsula National Park
Between 31/10/22 - 05/03/23 Parks Victoria will be conducting a pest predator control program in coastal sections of Mornington Peninsula National Park. An objective of the program is to reduce fox numbers to relieve predation of native wildlife, particularly vulnerable and threatened species, such as the hooded plover and white-footed dunnart, in accordance with the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act (1988) and associated Action Statements.
The program will involve the use of para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) and canid pest ejectors to bait foxes in strategic dune locations. The risk of PAPP to native fauna is very low.
Dogs are prohibited from Mornington Peninsula National Park. If pets are suspected of having consumed a PAPP bait during the baiting period, a vet should be consulted immediately. An antidote to PAPP (methylene blue) is available and stocked by most vets on the Mornington Peninsula.
The Plovers lay their eggs directly onto the sand between the high-tide mark and the foredune. You can help their plight by avoiding the soft sand near the dunes and keeping away from nest sites. Dogs are not permitted.