- Distance: 4.5km / 6429 steps
- Time: 1hour +
- Summary: A walk on the Mornington peninsula (south of Melbourne) with spectacular coastal scenery and views out to the Bass strait. Not suitable for wheels as it is all on sandy paths along steep cliffs and also a couple of detours down steep steps to the beach.
Park by Sorrento Ocean beach. The walk is signposted and you have to back-track up the road fro 200m before the actual walk starts. There are numbered markers along the path and Parks Victoria information Centre has produced an informative leaflet with explanation of sights for each number. The walk meanders along the top of the cliffs with great views out to sea and also down on coves and beaches. It is easy to imagine the numerous shipwrecks that have occurred along this coastline, as well as the infamous drowning of the Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967.
St. Paul’s beach is well worth the detour and steep descent down the wooden steps. There’s an arch at one end and the beach continues on the other side – just be wary of the tide coming in!
From St. Paul’s beach to Diamond beach the track goes inland through the bush for a bit and you get fairly close to Sorrento’s housing. We ended the walk at Diamond beach and returned the same way but you can continue along the coastline with a total of 30km of marked coastal track. The Mornington peninsula has an abundance of other great walks also, as well as being home to the colourful beach huts and a number of great cafes and restaurants, well worth a visit!