Cape Schanck inspiration

Artwork by Judith Van Heeren of a sea garden in hues of purple, blue and pink


Posted July 12, 2021

From the region’s rugged beaches to its rocky cliffs and rolling hills, the RACV Cape Schanck Resort on the Mornington Peninsula draws inspiration from its stunning natural surrounds.

Oyster shells and storm clouds, the ever-shifting colours of the ocean, the golden warmth of sand and stone, crimson sunsets and ruby-red grapes and berries: At the RACV Cape Schanck Resort, the raw, uncompromising beauty of the Mornington Peninsula coastline is expressed within its walls, from the sensual, curving shapes of its corridors and salons to the soaring spaces that offer views stretching from Melbourne’s skyline to the wild shores of Bass Strait.

On a mission to capture the essence of the resort, RACV's News and Lifestyle sent art director Lisa Luscombe and photographers Anne Morley and Shannon Morris to the cape, to share with readers their impressions of this extraordinary destination, located in this special corner of coastal Victoria.

In a series of moodboards, the trio bring together a collection of images and objects evoking the synchronicity created by nature – the winds, tides and seasons – and the work of the dedicated architects and builders, artists, chefs and craftspeople who have brought the resort to life.  

Close up of gold coloured glass tiles

Glass tiles from Bisazza add a dramatic flair to the interior of the resort’s lifts.


Flat lay of yellow flowers and shells

The colours of the dunes: bright gold and sand-soft hues. The resort takes inspiration from the curve of a beach.


Close up of a pink dessert

Experience the flavours of the peninsula with every bite at Cape.


Flat lay of pink flowers, spices and shells

Native flowers, local flavours, warm spices and a cosy fireplace echo the colours of the cape.


Close up of a white and grey faux fur rug

Faux fur rugs make every room a cosy and inviting retreat.


Close up of sliver hand-blown light fixtures

Hand-blown lighting echoes the fluidity of water.


Close up of a sea green pool tiles

Sea-green tiles evoke the ocean at the resort's One Spa. 


Close up of spiky tree leaves

Take a walk on the coast and be immersed in wilderness.


Art direction: Lisa Luscombe

Photos: Anne Morley and Shannon Morris

Opening image: Judith Van Heeren  Day Seagarden 2017 oil on linen image courtesy the artist and Murray White Room.