Three of the best ways to explore Mornington Peninsula

Travelling Well | Wendy Hargreaves | Posted on 28 January 2020

Explore the best of the Mornington Peninsula by foot, bicycle or horseback.

Mornington Peninsula’s riches are many. From winery-studded cycling routes and hinterland hiking tracks to hoofing it along spectacular sandy beaches, there is no shortage of exhilarating ways to immerse yourself in the region’s beauty. Here are three of the best ways to explore Mornington Peninsula.

Cape Schanck Lighthouse

Mornington Peninsula: Three ways


Looking for a perfect stroll on the Mornington Peninsula? The old railway line between Merricks and Red Hill has everything you want in a relaxing day trip. 

At six kilometres, this pretty trail is an easy three-hour walk with views to Phillip Island. You can take the uphill route from Merricks to Red Hill, or head downhill. Either way there’s great food, wine and coffee at the end of the line. 

The trains are long gone but you’ll share the trail with cyclists and horse riders, so stay aware as you walk. 

At the Merricks end, the trail starts on the north side of Station Ground Recreation Reserve, climbing steadily before heading down to Tonkins Road. You then follow the original railway easement to Red Hill through pine trees and two small cuttings.

Fort Nepean
Horse ridding on the Mornington Penninsula
Fort Nepean


Gallivanting by horseback along a beach is not just the stuff of movies. A Mornington Peninsula couple takes small groups on horse trail rides to St Andrews Beach, a beautiful stretch of golden sand facing south-west, with views from the Cape Schanck Lighthouse to Point Nepean. 

Bekim and Karen Alija say the gentle two-hour ride from their stables at Gunnamatta Trail Rides to the beach is one of life’s greatest pleasures. The trail winds through bushland before traversing high over the sand dunes to the beach, where more confident riders can take their horses into the water. 

“Our horses love it on the beach,” Bekim says. “Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced rider, our guides make sure everyone’s safe and having a great time.” 

Beach rides cost from $165, but RACV members get a 10 per cent discount on Gunnamatta Trail Rides.

Horse ridding on the Mornington Penninsula
Fort Nepean on the Mornington Penninsula


With dozens of bike tracks on the Mornington Peninsula, cyclists of all ages and abilities should have no trouble finding a firm, sealed surface to take the treadly for a spin. 

One of the most spectacular rides is the 25-kilometre Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail, stretching along Port Phillip Bay from Safety Beach to Sorrento. 

Great coastal views mean this shared pathway attracts plenty of pedestrians, so it’s not a ride for high-speed sprinters. 

But if you enjoy a gentle ride, pack your bathers, take your time and check out the many foreshore reserves, sandy beaches and swimming beaches along the way.


After all that exercise you’ll need a hearty meal, and one of the peninsula’s best can be found at the recently hatted Cape restaurant at RACV’s Cape Schanck Resort, where diners also enjoy stunning bay views. For enquiries or restaurant bookings, call Cape Restaurant on 03 5950 8038.

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