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Mornington Peninsula Trek

Background

The Mornington Peninsula has the perfect combination of beaches, wineries, hot springs, delicious food and stunning walking trails.

We have created the ultimate long weekend that takes in all the spoils of the Mornington Peninsula, with a touch of adventure. If you are training for an overseas trek or just wanting to explore Victoria, this three-night trek showcases the very best of the Mornington Peninsula.

This is the ultimate girls weekend or couples getaway where you can bring together your love of nature and trekking without forgoing your creature comforts.

 

Highlights

  • Fully guided trek throughout the Mornington Peninsula
  • Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs
  • Enjoy food and wine from the local area
  • Dining at St. Andrews Beach Brewery
  • Dining at the Portsea Hotel
  • Picnic Lunch provided by the Peninsula Pantry
  • Lunch at Mr Morse

Overview

The Mornington Peninsula Trek has been designed as an adventurous walk with a touch of luxury. After trekking and exploring during the day, you will end the day at the four-star Peppers Moonah Links Resort to enjoy a delicious meal and a very comfortable sleep. There is no need to carry a heavy backpack as you are returning to the same accommodation each night, so you will just need to bring with you your water/snacks/extra layers required for the day.

The expedition includes two days of 8 hour treks, where you will hike 58km through the picturesque Peninsula. Your final day is all about relaxation and rejuvenation as you soak in the many hot springs and cool off in the plunge pool at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs.

Food is a very important part of any No Roads trek and this is very true for the Mornington Peninsula Trek. For dinner, you will be dining at some of Mornington Peninsula's most vibrant eateries such as St Andrew's Brewery and the much loved Portsea Hotel. Lunch on day 1 is a picnic provided by the Peninsula Pantry and Lunch on day 2 is at Mr Morse in Sorrento.

Stunning walks, beautiful accommodation and delicious food and drinks, what more could you possibly want?

Itinerary

Day 1 Thursday: Arrive at Peppers Moonah Links Resort from 4:00 pm for a 7:00 pm group briefing. Following the safety briefing is your welcome dinner at the resort. (D)

Day 2 Friday: Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck (B,L) (8 hours trekking)

Day 3 Saturday: Cape Schanck to Portsea (B,L) (8.5 hours trekking)

Day 4 Sunday: Enjoy a delicious breakfast before a morning spent recovering your weary body at the Peninsula Hot Springs. The expedition ends at Midday. (B).

Please note itinerary and night stays may change without notice due to availability of accommodation.

Routes

Day 1 Thursday: It's a wonderful drive down to the Peninsula, winding roads through vineyards and golf courses. Once you have checked into your accommodation after 4pm, settle in for a combination of activity, fun and food. We will meet at 7pm for a group briefing and then dinner at the resort. 

Day 2 Friday: The main trail we will be using on this trek is the Two Bays. The trailhead for us starts near Main Ridge and will meander through forested coastal terrain where kangaroos and echidnas abound. Glimpses of the ocean can be seen as the trail breaks through the scrub for incredible views over natural forests and farmland. 

Soon enough though we will be down near Bushrangers Bay with its rugged cliffs constantly pounded by the swelling ocean. Our lunch stop is at the lighthouse at Cape Shank. It was built in 1859 on the southernmost tip of the Peninsula giving it and us unparalleled views of the coast toward the west and the Great Ocean Rd and to the east and Wilsons Prom. Here we will have a delicious packed lunch.

The second part of the day is spent walking along the coastal cliffs and then down on the sand, ending at Gunnamatta beach. Incredible waves and water can be seen along this part of the trail. From Gunnamatta we will walk to the St Andrews brewery for a much-deserved drink and meal. We have completed 30 kilometres today on undulating terrain. Don't be surprised that you are feeling a little weary. We then transfer back to Peppers resort for our overnight stay. (B,L)

Day 3 Saturday: We can get away a little later today (maybe 30 minutes) but don't be lulled into a false sense of security. This 25-kilometre day has an incredible walk from Rye Back Beach all the way to the Portsea Pub via the old Quarantine Station at Point Nepean. 

We first transfer out to Rye Back Beach for our first section to Portsea Back Beach. This is a combination of sand and coastal cliff walking. This section is spectacular with wonderful views down into forgotten alcoves and rock pools.

Along the way, we will have a short morning tea before arriving in Sorrento and the great hospitality of Mr Morse (a glass of sparkling, wine or beer to whet your appetite).

Back to the beach for another walk to Portsea and then onto the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean. This station was in operation between 1852 and 1980 on Boonwarrung country and served as a quarantine area for goods and immigrants. From here we walk back along the road to the Portsea Pub, witnessing some of the largest homes in Australia.  After dinner at the pub, we will transfer back to the resort for our last night together. Overal;l we will have walked 55 kilometers. (B,L)

Day 4 Sunday: We love Sundays and you will too as there is no more walking but just a delicious breakfast at the resort and then a wonderful spa and sauna experience at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Built on several acres, these natural springs provide you with a plethora of relaxing (and in some cases not so relaxing) experiences including thermal hot springs, Turkish hamam, reflexology walks, sauna, plunge pool, hydrojet pool and more. For those that would like to pay a bit more, we can organise a massage or mud meditation. This is a great way to end our Mornington Peninsula trek. Most people will be finished by midday at the hot spring and head home from there. (B)

Note: Entrance to the Hotsprings is included. If you wish to hire a locker, towel or bathrobe you will need to pay for this as an extra.

Inclusions

  • Three days guided trek with an experienced guide
  • Three nights accommodation at Peppers Moonah Links Resort. (twin share)
  • All breakfast & lunches as noted (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch)
  • Welcome dinner on night 1 at Moonah Links Resort
  • Peninsula Hot Springs bathing experience

Exclusions

  • All meals not listed as included
  • Beverages
  • Personal souvenirs
  • Transport to and from Mornington Peninsula