Cape Schack and The Peninsula Hot Springs

With respect to Elders past and present we acknowledge that we walk on Boonwurrang Country IMG_4744.jpg

The contrast between the ancient volcanic cliffy landscape with the pristine wild beaches makes Cape Schanck a dramatically beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. Cape Schack is only a 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. To avoid tollways, From Melbourne, take the Nepean Hwy, turn left at White St, right at Boundary Rd, Left at Springvale Rd, then right onto the Mornington Peninsular Fwy. When the Freeway ends go left at Boneo Rd, continue till you reach Cape Schanck Rd, turn right and continue to the car park. For a short but spectacular walk take the circuit from the car park kiosk that leads towards the cape. Enjoy inspiring views of Pulpit Rock and Devils Desk, and meander over the black rocky beach.

For a longer walk and some more of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne, go to the other end of the car park and follow the 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track.


If you’re keen for a dip at Bushrangers Bay be cautious, the water is wild. You might get lucky if the tide is out and find the perfect rock pool to relax in. We’ve walked this track in all seasons and it always fills us with wonder.


If you prefer to immerse yourself in warm water, after your hike head to Victoria’s only geothermal hot springs. We reckon this is the best way to soothe the muscles after a strenuous bush walk and warm the bones on a cold day. From Cape Schanck Rd, turn left back onto Boneo Rd, left onto Brown’s Rd and finally, left onto Springs Lane to find

The Peninsula Hot Springs

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The Peninsula Springs is idyllic for singles, couples and families in rain or shine. After 10am, some spas are reserved for those over 16. You could spend a few hours or take a picnic and your favourite book and soak away the whole day. It’s a very popular destination for tourists and locals so make sure to book ahead.

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  1. Dear Grace,

    Could you please provide the exact directions on how to get to the beautiful rock pool (pictured above) at Bushrangers Bay, Cape Schank? My partner and I travelled there recently and were very disappointed as we couldn’t find the pool anywhere, despite having walked hours from the Lighthouse car park and following directions. When we finally reached Bushrangers Bay, we turned left and walked over towards a giant rock which was on the right-hand side, but sadly did not find even one rock pool. Once you reach Bushrangers Bay, can you me if you are supposed to turn left or right and how far one needs to walk until they find the above rock pool?

    Many thanks in advance,




    1. Hi Fiona,
      I’m sorry you were disappointed not to find the rock pools but hope you enjoyed the walk. The Rock pools at Bushrangers Bay are only there when the tide is right out. It can get pretty rugged down there when tide is in and I don’t recommend swimming there. If you go again try this link to find tidal information :
      Thank you for your feedback. I’ll be sure to update the site to mention this detail.
      If you love rock pools, may I also recommend Sorrento back beach on a low tide. For more go to

      Happy adventures 😊



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