Cape Schanck is reputed to have some of the cleanest air in the world – it’s even bottled by CSIRO scientists after gale-force winds arrive directly from the Antarctic. With an historic lighthouse and towering cliffs, Cape Schanck is also a wonderful place to walk and work up an appetite for lunch in nearby Flinders.
The Cape Schanck Lightstation was built in 1859, is one of Victoria’s oldest and still has many of its original mechanisms in working order. There are guided tours of the lighthouse, a museum and onsite accommodation in historic lighthouse keepers’ cottages.
The Bushrangers Bay Nature Walk takes about two hours, and boasts some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne.
Flinders is one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most charming villages, with an historic streetscape shaded by broad verandahs, excellent eateries, gourmet produce stores, antique outlets, a famous golf course and coastal walks.
Many locals are regular players at the Flinders Golf Club, an institution of more than 100 years which is perched on top of the cliffs. A badly aimed ball may just end up on the beach, but the extraordinary views and fresh sea air are significant compensation.
The Flinders Hotel is another wonderful institution, and its Terminus Restaurant now holds a Chef’s Hat from The Age Good Food Guide. You can stay overnight in the new 4-star Quarters accommodation.
One of the best edible mementos to take home is a box of handcrafted Mornington Peninsula Chocolates…but there’s every chance you’ll eat them well before you arrive home.