If you have been thinking about taking your family on a weekend getaway or day trip to the picturesque Cape Schanck Lighthouse, one of the first thoughts to cross your mind may have been ‘where on earth is it’? If this describes how you feel about embarking on a road trip down to this iconic lighthouse, this guide is exactly what you need to get you there.
The light station is located in the Cape Schanck Lighthouse Reserve, which is found right in the middle of the Mornington Peninsula National Park – right on the tip of the Mornington Peninsula itself. After paying a fee at the gates, you are granted access to the reserve itself, whilst tours of the lighthouse and adjoining museum will cost you extra.
To get to the Cape Schanck Lighthouse from Melbourne, you will need to get onto either Springvale Road or the Eastlink, heading south (towards the beach). When you see signs pointing towards the Mornington Peninsula/ Frankston Freeway, take the exit (you should be turning left). The freeway will continue on through Frankston where it becomes the Moorooduc Highway and then the Mornington Peninsula Freeway once again.
When you reach a T-intersection at Boneo Road, turn left. This road is also signed as Rosebud/ Flinders Road, but don’t worry – you’re on the right track. Travel up the hill and turn left into Cape Schanck Road. Follow this to the end, turn left onto the gravel road (through the boom gates) and continue on to the kiosk and parking area.
Finding Cape Shanck can be as easy as one, two, three – once you find the Mornington Peninsula/ Frankston Freeway, you’re pretty much set. Then, to find your way home, simply retrace your steps.