Monday, 9 June 2014

Two Bays walking track

This walk has a little bit of everything 
that I love about Australia.
The great outdoors;
forests, heathlands and grasslands, 
uplifting birdsong and of course kangaroos!

 Plus some of the best coastal scenery near to Melbourne.

Our walk was about 18km's in total 
 but of course we tell everyone it's well over 20k's!

To ensure we're not completely bush wrecked
we leave one car at the Cape Schanck light house car park, 
off Cape Schanck Rd, 12 Kms from Rosebud.

Before you leave in your haste to start the walk, 
stop by the Cape Schanck visitors hut for some useful maps.
Look out for the Mornington Peninsula National Park notes: 
discovering Cape Schank

 The other car we abandon at the intersection of Browns and Hyslops road,
From start to finish this walk is a photographers delight.
I just love these letterboxes! 

Letterboxes at the end of Hyslops Road
The walk starts along the gravel country lane of Hyslops Road 
for about 2km, or if you want to save time and energy,
 some clever walkers left their cars further along the road… 
but then they wouldn't have the same sense of achievement 
(or exhaustion) that we had!

After you reach Limestone Road
you enter Greens Bush.
This is a National Park so no dogs allowed!

You will find a wonderful eucalypt forest with 
mother nature in all her glory at every turn.

The track is well maintained and signed,
with small boardwalks over minor creeks

As we continue through Greens Bush, 
through the stands of eucalyptus, fern fronds and banksia,
we decide this is one of the nicest walks ever! 
It is about 10 kms until Rosebud - Flinders Road.

At Rosebud-Flinders road continue towards Cape Schanck
 along the Main Creek track 
signposted to Bushrangers Bay track.

Bushrangers Bay track to Cape Schanck will take about an 1 hour 

You get great views of Bushrangers Bay,
 and the coastline beyond to Philip Island. 

Out to sea, there is usually something to admire
 on the Bass Strait coastline 
with over 3000 ships manoeuvring around the Cape Schanck.

This coastal nature walk has information boards
which cover the fauna and flora, 
geology and social history of this unique area 

If you have an energy left once you get back to the car 
you can visit the main attraction here
the Cape Schanck light-station. 
Or take the free board walk to the rock platform 
and enjoy spectacular sea views.

You will see why Cape Schanck is a must visit,
one of the most popular places to visit on the Peninsula. 
Be careful of the waves, 
which sometimes come crashing over the boardwalk!

I hope you have enjoyed a little stroll in my part of Australia!

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Linking with Smiling Sally at Blue Monday with thanks!

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