Rye Accommodation…so close to nature
If you are staying on the Mornington Peninsula at one of our Rye holiday rentals, (we love Azure Beach Retreat and Palm Beach Cottage) and especially if you are an overseas visitor, it glorioius to be able to select a walking track where can you see Australian wildlife out in the open. There are some almost guaranteed locations where you can spot the native wildlife our favourits are Greens Bush and Bushrangers Bay.
Greens Bush should give you an opportunity to see Kangaroos (and many of them) from a distance (so take your binoculars) or take a walk along the track to Bushrangers Bay in the late afternoon and watch the kangaroos spring across the track in front of you as they make their way from lower to higher ground. Its a magical experience.
Staying at our Ocean Blue Retreat holiday rental property on the Mornington Peninsula, we took our two children (8 and 5 years) for a walk to Greens Bush on Good Friday and walked a good 6kms – we saw at least 50 kangaroos along the way not to mention other wildlife. The kids had a great time on the walk as it changed from open plain to forest. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Green’s Bush, of 1400 hectares, 90 km south of Melbourne, is the largest remnant of bushland in the Mornington Peninsula.
The State Government classified the area as a “Classified Landscape” in 1974, and it was incorporated into the Mornington Peninsula National Park in 1975.
There are lush moist fern gullies – Peppermint, Messmate and Manna Gum are the dominant overstorey Eucalypt species.
We visited it from the Two Bay’s Walking Track, which passes through magnificent preserved bushland, winding its way around pleasant gullies, Main Creek, and over several bridges.
It is a 7 km return hike from the Boneo Road, east of the coastal township of Flinders.
There are many mobs of Eastern Grey kangaroos resident in the area, as well as the smaller Black Wallabies.
The area is networked with extensive and well-worn “Kangaroo Freeways”!
Other animals encountered were a shy Echidna and a Blotched Blue Tongued lizard!
Boys and dad ventured on this one on a late afternoon and loved the countryside. They saw Kangaroos, wallabies and foxes on the beach. Magical. Guaranteed to see Kangaroos if you go for a walk and calculate your return journey as the sun starts setting (late afternoon or early evening depending on the time of year). So many Kangaroos will jump in front of you as they cross your path from low lying fields to the higher fields in the later afternoon sun. Our Hidden Secret!
Bushrangers Bay is in the Mornington Peninsula National Park, 90 km SW of Melbourne.
The 6 km (return) walking track (accessed from Boneo Road, near Cape Schank), is regarded by many visitors as the best scenic short coastal walk in Victoria.
The Track is officially known as “Two Bays Track” and terminates at the Cape Schank Lighthouse.
The turnoff to Bushrangers Bay is about half way to the Lighthouse.
The sheltered beach is magnificent, some young people were enjoying the waves!
Tea Tree Creek and Cairns Bay Walk
Tea Tree Creek Bay is a wonderful secluded cove on the south coast, 90 km from Melbourne, in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.
It is near the town of Flinders, and is accessed by a 1 km foot-track from the Flinders-Dromana Rd.
There are magnificent views looking south across the open ocean of Bass Strait, as well as the dramatic coastlines from the clifftop, in either direction, with waves breaking over large basalt rock formations.
The Track is well-signposted, passing down the Tea Tree Creek Valley. The walk included a a 1 km (return) extension along the beach, to the eastern end of the cove, and a side-track up to the summit of the West Head.
Mornington Peninsula Coastal Walk – Cape Schanck to St Andrews Beach
If Rye is not the area for you then we have the perfect spot for you to stay if you love Mornington Peninsula walking tracks in this area. Edelweiss is a lovely property perfect all year round for groups to gather and located in Cape Schanck. Close enough to everything but far from the madding crowds in summer. Cosy fire for winter too. It sleeps 10 guests so if you are planning to get away with family and friends and be in the centre of all the walks in this part of the world then you couldn’t pick a better place to stay.
Cape Schanck (golf course) to St. Andrew Beach / golf course Distance: appx 15 kms
From the golf course, set out for a familiar landmark – the lighthouse at Cape Schanck. Just 3kms . From there, follow the water’s edge on the cliffs for a 7km stretch to Gunamatta Beach. The brush offers a welcome respite from the blistering midday sun, and the trail was a challenging mix of soil and sand.
The path looked like no one had passed this way in a long time, other than perhaps the wayward wombat.
This breaks out onto one of the most beautiful beaches .
The last leg of the journey would continue on the beach. (the coastal walk extends another 15 kms or so to the tip of the peninsula at Sorrento)
Guided Walk the Mornington Peninsula
Take an exhilarating and informative walk through the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy breath taking views of Bass Strait, Port Phillip Bay and discover a diverse range of landscapes. Delight in identifying numerous species of birds and wildlife, varied vegetation and wild flowers with experienced professional walkers.
Contact Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats for accommodation on 03 97754015