Bushranger’s Bay Walking Track is one of the many gems that make up the larger Two Bays Walking Track between Dromana and Cape Schanck, and offers some of the finest coastal views on the Mornington Peninsula.
Less than a 90 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD, the trail is a moderately easy 2.6 km from the car park to the beach of Bushranger’s Bay, taking most people around 40 minutes of walking each way. Additionally, walkers can continue a further 2.4 km to reach the Cape Schanck Lighthouse.
The various landscapes on offer at Bushranger's Bay. Images: Evatt Chirgwin
The area is comprised of mostly coastal woodland and scrub, with species of banksia, wattle and tea-tree in reasonably high densities throughout the walking track. The coastal vegetation acts as a habitat for a range of native fauna, including bird species such as superb fairy wrens, willie wagtails and grey fantail, as well as macropod populations of eastern grey kangaroos and black wallabies, and reptiles such as the white-lipped snake.
The end of the trail brings you to the beach of Bushranger’s Bay, characterized by rugged black basalt cliffs and brilliant views of the Mornington Peninsula coastline.
The rocky basalt shoreline also offers excellent opportunities for shorebird watching and rock pool rambling at low tide. Various species of marine critters, such as species of fish, crabs, sea anemone, octopus, chitons and sea stars, can all be found within the numerous rock pools.
The Bushranger's Bay area is packed full of some unique wildlife, as shown here. Images: Evatt Chirgwin
Fantastic coastal views
Great beach for rockpool rambling
Part of the Two Bays walking track
Less than 90 minutes drive from the CBD
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Banner image courtesy of Evatt Chirgwin.