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RA50 HIKE – Cape Schanck Lighthouse
Cape Schanck Lighthouse – HIKE
The Hike: Bushrangers Bay Walking Track to Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Return
This hike takes us along the Bass Strait coast on the Mornington Peninsula through a variety of bushland and rugged clifftop scenery to the historic Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Museum. At the Lighthouse, the trail then leads down the 300 metre Boardwalk along the headland to the rocky pinnacle of Pulpit Rock and Pebble Beach. The trail itself is sandy and generally smooth with one or two places where we ascent and descend on formed steps through the steep gully of Burrabong Creek. Overall, an interesting and varied hike with lots of points of interest.
Length: Carpark to Lighthouse: 5.0 km
Boardwalk & return: 0.6 km
Lighthouse to Carpark: 5.0 km
TOTAL 10.6 km
Tracks: Bushrangers Bay Walking Track
Two Bays Walking Track
Grade: Rated at 2. Easy, but with some steep stepped sections.
Time: Allow 4 hours.
Option: For those who don’t want to walk the wooden steps of the 600 metre Boardwalk, they have the option of waiting at the Lighthouse for the group to return, before starting the walk back to the carpark.
Start: Bushrangers Bay Walking Track Carpark – 7.7 km from Flinders along Boneo Road. If you are driving yourself, we’ll meet in Flinders first.
Toilets: At Flinders before we start. At the Lighthouse carpark (clean and well maintained)
Coffee: Flinders is 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne, so a coffee break before we start is recommended from one of the many cafes in Flinders.
Weather: As we are walking the Southern Ocean coast, weather can be highly changeable. Prepare for all conditions. Ideal for an Autumn/Winter weekend.
Return: We will return to Melbourne along the bay side of the Peninsula making for a complete round trip without backtracking. After the hike, we will drive to Rosebud or Dromana for coffee and lunch. Weather permitting, we can picnic on the beach at Rosebud, before returning to Melbourne on the freeway.
Cost: Cost to join this hike: $49