Parks & Gardens Touring Route
Phillip Island to Mornington Peninsula
105 km/65 miles, about 1 hour
En route to the Mornington Peninsula, visit Maru Koala and Fauna Park for great photo opportunities of koalas, kangaroos, wombats and Tasmanian devils. Stop at the Australian Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Cranbourne, an award-winning garden that is a microcosm of Australian landscapes, with seven distinctive garden areas.
Point Nepean is at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, where the waters of Bass Strait meet Port Phillip Bay. Walk through this important historic site, where a colonial cemetery and quarantine station stood in the 1850s, military fortifications were built from the 1880s to World War II, and the area was closed to the public for more than 100 years.
Stroll around the 1850s Cape Schanck Lighthouse and museum. This is also the start of the Bushrangers Bay walk, which takes you through coastal and bush landscapes in the Mornington Peninsula National Park.
The Peninsula is famous for its grand gardens. Explore Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens and the Enchanted Maze Garden. Keen vegetable gardeners should head to Heronswood, renowned for its heritage and organic seeds, abundant vegetable gardens and thatched roof cafe.
McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park is home to some of Australia's most noted sculptures. Every two years the $100,000 McClelland Award biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition is installed in the natural bush and garden setting.