Walks and Trails at Cape Schanck
Cape Schanck Lightstation is a part of Parks Victoria. There is a large national park surrounding the lighthouse grounds with a boardwalk down to the ocean at the base of the cliffs and numerous walking tracks into the surrounding area. People have been visiting the rugged coastal landscape of Bushrangers Bay since the early 1800’s. The diversity of the environment combined with the ever present sounds of Bass Strait and a lighthouse in the background make it a walk to stimulate the senses.
There are 4 main walks at Cape Schanck:
- The Cape Walk – begins at the Kiosk at the carpark and goes to staircase and wooden boardwalk at the base of the lighthouse. There are several lookouts with views of Devils Desk and Pulpit Rock.
- Bushrangers Bay – this walk takes around 2 hours and has some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. The track finishes at Bushrangers Bay where you’ll find a long sandy beach and basalt cliffs. You’ll have the option to return on the path you came, or continue on 3 km to Boneo Rd on the Two Bays Walk.
- Fingal Picnic Area and Fingal Beach – walking in the opposite direction from Bushrangers Bay you’ll find the delightful picnic area at Fingal Bay 2 km from the carpark. There is an electric BBQ, toilets and picnic area provided. Walking tracks lead to lookouts over the basalt cliffs and Fingal Beach. Return walk takes around 2 hours and is steep in some sections.
- Cape Schanck Lightstation walk – the grounds of the light station and take a tour of the lighthouse.
The national park appreciates help from visitors to keep the area beautiful.
- Take your rubbish home with you,
- Keep to the tracks,
- Dogs are not permitted at Cape Schanck,
- Firearms are prohibited,
- All native plants and animals are protected.
Please leave the park as you found it!