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National parks & reserves

Step into the magical realms of Mornington Peninsula's national parks and alternate between great heights and underwater environments, from tranquil bushland to wild ocean beaches.

A park teeming with life

Encounter the bandicoots, wallabies and parrots that inhabit Mornington Peninsula National Park. The coastal cliffs, scrubby dunes and beaches, banksia woodlands, and wetlands dominate the landscape from Sorrento to Portsea, Flinders and Cape Schanck.

Prime locations and fascinating history

Make your way to the top of Arthurs Seat to revel in views of the peninsula's golden beaches below and the Melbourne skyline in the distance. Head east to spot koalas on French Island or travel south to walk along Cape Schanck's rugged cliffs as you overlook some of Australia's most treacherous coastline.

Walk to the tip of the narrow headland in Point Nepean National Park and explore the military installations and tunnels at the fort, an important defence post from the 1880s to World War II. Walk or cycle past outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay.

Undersea communities

Float, dive, snorkel or swim (but don't fish) in Port Phillip Bay marine parks containing important fish breeding and nursery areas, established to safeguard valuable marine habitats and species.

Join a tour and swim with dolphins and seals in the bay, dive down to the wreck of the HMAS Canberra, or get close to colonies of seahorses and sea dragons on a snorkelling expedition.

For further information contact Parks Victoria on (in Australia only) 131 963.

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Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

With its proximity to Victoria's largest city the southern end of the Bay has high visitor usage throughout the year with a huge peak over the summer...

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French Island National Park

French Island National Park is a true paradise. Accessible only by a 30 minute passenger ferry ride, French Island is a haven of peace and serenity,...

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French Island Marine National Park

Located 10 kilometres south of Tooradin, French Island Marine National Park is adjacent to the northern shoreline of French Island National Park in...

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Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve

Things to do - Visit the lighthouse museum - Take a guided tour of the historic lighthouse - See some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne when...

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Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary

Named after its mushroom shaped reef, Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary protects 80ha of the open coast of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula....

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Arthurs Seat State Park

Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat is the most familiar of all Port Phillip Bay landscape features. Its 314-metre summit, reached by...

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Mornington Peninsula National Park

This narrow strip of coast and bushland offers a wonderful blend of natural scenery and fascinating historic features. The park is popular for...

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Collins Settlement Historic Site

At the beginning of the 19thcentury, the British government decided to establish a settlement at Port Phillip and Sullivan Bay was chosen because of...

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The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve

Set amongst the urban development of Frankston, The Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve protects an important area of remnant heathland. This is a great...

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Point Nepean National Park

Journey to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula to Point Nepean National Park and explore its rugged coastline, natural beauty and military history.

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Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve

The Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve is an island of relatively undisturbed natural bushland surrounded by the suburbs of Frankston and Langwarrin....

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