People and Places
26/07/2019
Escape to the motion of the ocean

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Take the wheel and steer along Boneo Rd from Flinders to Cape Schanck for wild, oceanic walks. On the outskirts of Flinders is our easiest walk to The Blowhole beneath Elephant Rock, while next door is a short 600m walk along Tea Tree Creek to Cairns Bay. Rolling hills lead to a lesser-known beach, home to a giant sand-hill and a majestic rock pool.

Hugging the rugged coastline is Bushrangers Bay, with a picturesque outlook from the banksia-clad contrasting cliffs. Featuring in Where the Wild Things Are, this gem gets its name from bloodied bushrangers Henry Bradley and Patrick O’Connor. In 1853, after escaping Van Diemen’s Land deceitfully on the schooner they had taken hostage, the two rowed their whaling boat to the shore.

Strewn like a thousand diamonds, the ocean meets a secluded, sandy beach at the 2.5km walk’s conclusion. With birds singing and the odd kangaroo bounding, it’s as though you are listening to nature’s playlist. A small creek crossing at the beach has many scurrying across before wandering to the Instagram-famous rock pools.

Turning left along Cape Schanck Rd from Boneo Rd leads to the iconic, 1859-built Cape Schanck lighthouse and the 350m ‘stairway to Heaven’, providing several lookouts over the brooding Bass Strait from the southernmost tip of the Mornington Peninsula. Tours of the heritage lighthouse, which was Australia’s first with stone stairs, are available.

Leaving this tourist hotspot and arriving at the nearby Fingal carpark, you’ll feel like a mountain goat meandering down the dense and steep 2km track to Fingal Beach. Two lookouts take in a roaring point break and Gunnamatta from afar. On return, the picnic facilities are prime for a snack, or for the eager you can walk kilometres to Gunnamatta. 

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