Barbecue facilities are provided Fingal Picnic Area (near Cape Schanck) and Sorrento Ocean Beach. Kiosks operate at Sorrento and Cape Schanck and takeaway food is often available during summer holidays at Gunnamatta and Portsea.
Things to do in the area
Fingal Picnic Area
Enjoy a picnic in the peaceful Fingal Picnic Area located two kilometres north of Cape Schanck. This area was subdivided for housing but was re- purchased by the government from 1974 to 1977. Facilities at the site include electric barbecues, toilets, tables and a ball games area.
Walking tracks lead to nearby lookouts with spectacular views of basalt cliffs and Fingal Beach which is exposed at low tide. The return walk (3km) and access to the beach is via a steep staircase which may not be suitable for visitors with low mobility. A longer walk to the northern Gunnamatta Beach (5km) is also available from the Fingal Picnic Area.
Bushranger Bay Picnic Area
The beautiful Bushrangers Bay comprises of a sandy beach surrounded by basalt cliffs. This serene location is contrasted by dark and brooding headlands and wild waves that often crash onto jagged rocks guarding the entrance to the bay.
Bushrangers Bay can be accessed along Main Creek from the Boneo Road car park and picnic area (2.5km). This section of the Two Bays Walking Track provides fine views and passes through shady Banksia groves.
Sorrento Ocean 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.
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.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
Bridgewater Bay Coastal track closureAccess along a section of the Bridgewater Bay coastal walking track has been closed due to a cliff collapse and landslip. It is closed due to the risk to visitor safety and to protect environmental and cultural heritage values. Visitors can still access the beach via the staircase, located near the St. Johns Wood Road park entry.
Coastal Trail Track closedA 380m section of Coastal Trail track has been closed due to recent land slip. It has been closed to protect public safety and to prevent further environmental damage. An alternative pedestrian access route is provided on the existing Lifesavers Track further inland for approximately 500m. Access down to Bridgewater Bay can be still achieved via the stairs at St. Johns Wood Road side.
St Paul's beach closedAccess to St. Paul’s Beach in Sorrento is closed due to cliff collapse and further cliff instability.
London Bridge Arch closedAccess near the London Bridge arch is temporarily restricted due to recent cliff collapse leading to unstable cliffs and potential for further rock falls.
Lightwood Camping Area (Mornington Peninsula National Park)
Lightwood Campground ClosedUnder the direction of the Chief Health Officer and in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services’ requirements limiting the number of people at public gatherings to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Lightwood Campground will remain closed until further notice.Safety is our first priority.We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.
Notices Affecting Multiple Sites
Heritage building and precinct closures due to COVID-19The following buildings and structures will remain closed until further notice:-- Information Centre- Fort Nepean Tunnels and Engine House- Disinfecting Complex (Boiler House)- Foul Luggage Store- Shepherd’s Hut- Hospital 3 & Cook HouseThere is no bike hire.
Shuttle Bus service suspended until further noticeThe Point Nepean Shuttle Bus service has been suspended until further notice to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).The park remains open to vehicle entry from 6am – 6pm, and 24/7 access for pedestrians and cyclists. The toilet facilities also remain open.
Cape Schanck Day Visitor Area (Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, Mornington Peninsula National Park)
Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Museum ClosedUnder the direction of the Chief Health Officer and in accordance with Department of Health and Human Services’ requirements limiting the number of people at public gatherings to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) Cape Schanck Lighthouse & Museum will remain closed until further notice.Safety is our first priority.We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.