Fingal to Cape Schanck Track

Fingal Picnic Area, Cape Schanck Road, VIC, 3939

Fingal to Cape Schanck Track

Fingal Picnic Area, Cape Schanck Road, VIC, 3939
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1 h 38 m
6.6 km
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This walk takes you back to nature with a peaceful bush track, scenic beach views, a historic lighthouse and the chance to see whales playing in the ocean and seals swimming amongst the waves!

Fingal to Cape Schanck Track

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This beautiful walk on the southern tip of Mornington Peninsula is perfect for a weekend walk. It’s a peaceful bush track, with an abundance of wildlife, incredible views and of course the stunning Cape Schanck lighthouse, which is surrounded by other heritage buildings.

This walk begins on Fingal track. Set in peaceful bushland it gives beautiful views across Bass Strait. Make sure to keep an eye out for the different wildlife you find in this area: kangaroos, echidnas, wombats, field mice and much more.

Arriving at Cape Schanck, you have now found yourself at the most beautiful part of the walk. Make your way down the track that leads to the boardwalk and immerse yourself in the scenery. This views from this area are absolutely breathtaking, not to mention the marine (not marina) life here: penguins calling to each other, whales jumping out of the ocean and seals playing in the waves. Feel free to walk all the way down to Pebble Beach and Pulpit Rock – but make sure to watch out for large waves as they can come strong and fast down here!

Make your way around to the lighthouse, stopping to take a look in the museum and heritage buildings which were the former lighthouse keepers’ residences. Here you can sit down for a picnic with BBQ facilities. If you come on the weekend or during holiday periods make sure to book a guided tour of the lighthouse (fees apply) or stop for a bite to eat in the kiosk.

This part of the world is absolutely beautiful and if you have not yet checked it out it is definitely worth a visit!

-No dogs are allowed on this walk.
-There are many adaptions to this walk. Feel free to make it longer by starting at Gunnamatta Beach or walking further to Bushrangers Bay.
-The Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve is open from 6am-6pm daily.
-The Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Museum are only open to the public on select days (generally weekends and holiday periods). Please check their website for more details
-The Cape Schanck kiosk/café is only open on weekend and holiday periods.


Points of Interest

1. Fingal Beach Track

This track will surround you with nature, making you wish you had discovered it sooner!

2. Scenic Views

This views on this walk are breath taking - with nothing to see but water and trees!

3. Cape Schanck Views

Another of the gorgeous views you will encompass on this walk

4. Cape Schanck Boardwalk

Stop to take in the beauty of the area before making your way down the boardwalk and onto the two beaches at the bottom

5. Pulpit Rock

This small stretch of rocky beach is home to Pulpit Rock, a geological formation created by volcanic activity over millions of years

6. Pebble Beach

Located on the other side of Pulpit Rock, Pebble Beach is the longer of the two and has great views across to Bushrangers Bay

7. Ocean, Land and Lighthouse Views

The views along this walk will make the climb up to the top worth it!

8. Cape Schanck Lighthouse

This lighthouse was built in 1859 and still offers guided tours on weekend and holiday periods. Enjoy the views across the ocean (this is a great place to watch whales jumping out of the water!)

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9. Incredible Views

This walk is not short of incredible ocean views!


Historical Interest Historical Interest
Local Treasures Local Treasures
Art and Culture Art and Culture
Natural Trail Natural Trail
Coast/River/Lake Coast/River/Lake
Park(s)/Garden(s) Park(s)/Garden(s)
Picnic Spot Picnic Spot
Drinking Water Available Drinking Water Available
Seating Available Seating Available
Public toilets Public toilets


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