Unexplored walks and gardens await at Arthurs Seat, soaring 314m above the Mornington Peninsula via a winding 3km road dotted with lookouts.
Eagle’s-eye views from the gondolas gliding up and down the mountain are just 50m from the 1.8km summit circuit walk. Crimson rosellas roam as you descend past gum trees to Matthew Flinders Cairn, commemorating the Australian explorer’s 1802 expedition. If you wander a little further you’ll find two bay lookouts providing panoramic vistas over Dromana and afar.
Picture-perfect for a picnic is the 34ha Seawinds Gardens, where gorgeous roses rise not far from William Rickett’s sculptures, which are renowned in the Dandenong Ranges. Seating around the nearby lake and Indigenous garden provide alternative picnic locations too.
To extend your walk, continue 3.2km down Two Bays Trail from Seawinds Gardens to the Kings Falls, or alternatively drive south along Purves Rd past the enchanted garden and then turn right on to Waterfall Gully Rd. From the carpark, the 1km circuit walk sees you step down into a rainforest setting, and the evergreen fern gully is only moments away from a lookout over the falls. If you do choose to walk from Seawinds Gardens on the 7.4km return trip, including the Kings Falls circuit, then keep a keen eye out for echidnas and kangaroos in the dense bushland.