Nature & wildlife

From rugged coastlines, marine parks and sandy bay beaches to lush gardens, mangroves and myriad native wildlife, the Mornington Peninsula has plenty to keep nature lovers excited and inspired.

Rugged beauty and immaculate elegance

Expect dramatic contrasts on the peninsula. Delve into magnificent marine and national parks. Fall in love with manicured gardens around historic mansions. Lose yourself in the floral splendour of botanic gardens and family-friendly mazes.

Take in fabulous views from Arthurs Seat or Point Nepean. Picnic, swim or walk along gentle bay beaches or survey the wild seas of Bass Strait from Gunnamatta and Cape Schanck. Climb to the top of the Cape Schanck Lighthouse to enjoy views round the coast to Portsea, and then descend the boardwalk down to the basalt rocks below. 

Wildlife on land, air and sea

Stretch your legs along the boardwalks that extend over Westernport's mangroves and the peninsula's protected wetlands, where you can greet myriad bird species. 

Hop aboard the passenger ferry to French island, Victoria's koala capital. Spot protected wildlife roaming within the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and spy kangaroos grazing at dusk around Sorrento Back Beach and Greens Bush. Discover almost-extinct native animals at Moonlit Sanctuary.

Join an organised expedition and swim alongside dolphins and seals. Snorkel in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park and be surprised as the underwater panorama is revealed.

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