Mount Eliza’s hinterland provides the perfect lockdown escapade, with Moorooduc Flora and Fauna Reserve right on your doorstep.
Rugged ridges of the 1887-built quarry set among verdant bushland make the 1.7km trail traversing gullies and inclines picture-perfect. Beginning at the Two Bays Rd carpark with picnic amenities, heading north the steep walk encircles the quarry, which featured in the 1986 film Frog Dreaming.
A real hit for fitness junkies are the more than 300 stairs that run parallel from top to bottom, accessible from either Allison Rd or Two Bays Rd. You can also step out to explore from Two Bays the Mount Eliza regional park via a winding trail over Balcombe Creek. Crossing Canadian Bay Rd into dense scrub, you will hear the sounds of frogs and kookaburras, which mix with the aroma of wood heaters burning.
By bike or foot, the trail concludes at sprawling greens by a nearby lake that is moments away from the heritage 1889 Mornington railway station. Within walking distance for Mount Eliza residents, this is the answer to your quest for a fitness grind or mental escape. Dogs are not permitted within the reserve but are allowed in the regional park.