Lighthouse & Museum Tour
Note: in bad weather or midweek the lighthouse area will be closed 24 hour notice needed for lighthouse entry bookings phone 1300885259
Adults $16.50 Child (over 5 to 16 yrs) $10.50 Family Ticket $44.00
Meet at the Kiosk in the Car Park. Tours between 10.am and 4.pm subject to weather. Summer months hours are extended.
A personal guide will take you up into the fully operational Lighthouse into the Lamproom and explain the workings and History in approximately a 20 minute tour, this includes a viewing out on the balcony.
The new Radio Signal Tower Lookout is now open with spectacular views down the Beach to the Heads of Port Phillip Bay. The Museum has been extended with a second room with information via video of the Oldest and Highest Lighthouse in the World. The Current weather conditions are displayed in the Museum.
There are very few Lighthouse left operating in Australia that still have all the workings still in place and with the original Lens still shining its full distance.
The museum is expanding all the time and is very informative with a listing of the many ship wrecks and stories from the descendants of the early lighthouse keeper families. For those who cannot climb the lighthouse steps into the Lamproom we have the photos for you to view in the Museum.
Have your lunch on one of our picnic tables or in the old stables where there is a BBQ.
Feed wallabies and kangaroos on our famous Wallaby
Walk. Entertaining keeper talks conducted throughout
the day.Magical evening tours, the very best way to see
Australian animals. Led by experienced guides, the
lantern lit groups meet diverse and fascinating night
creatures face to face. 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Road, Pearcedale, Victoria 3912. T: +61 3 5978 7935
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Koala petting and photography encounter allows visitors to get up close and cuddle Australia’s most
famous marsupial. Koala encounter is commissionable if included in group programs.
At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive in a remarkable way, with world-famous lantern-lit tours. Owls and
other night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and quolls,
pademelons and bettongs forage for food. Visitors are amazed that even animals such as wallabies are much
more active and responsive at night. Moonlit Sanctuary is fully accredited and received a 95% rating in the Tourism Victoria Excellence program audit.
“ We have hundreds of amazing memories from our month travelling in Australia, but your sanctuary ranks in our top five. We were in awe”
professional travel writer and Frommers author.
Picnic in the Lighthouse Grounds
The Stables or the several picnic tables provides seating for twenty persons. A great spot for group functions or a family day out.
Bush Rangers Bay Walk
The walk begins near the Cape Schanck car park and follows Bushrangers Bay to Main Creek.
Dogs are not permitted on the track. Please help to protect the Point Nepean National Park by taking any rubbish home with you.
At a leisurely pace the 3 km walk takes about an hour each way. The walk can be extended by following the Main Creek track to the Rosebud Flinders Road .
The Booklet with this complete information is obtained at the Kiosk in the CarPark
After you have taken in the view, look closely at the rocks and soil. You are standing above basalt rock several hundred metres thick. The basalt poured out of the earth as molten lava about 60 million years ago, and flooded the
Later on the sea invaded the land, and thick sediments of shells and sand were laid down on the ocean floor. This was followed by the Ice Age, when the seas retreated and the exposed sediments were piled into dunes on top of the basalt. For the past million years these sand dunes have been consolidating into dune limestone.
Can you see the limestone capping above the dark, steep-sided layer of basalt in
The limestone is prone to erosion, particularly where plant cover is damaged or destroyed. Trampling by sightseers over the years led to substantial erosion of the
During the 1980s major efforts were made to control the erosion. The timber steps and boardwalk were built, and indigenous plants established. The boardwalk had to be restored recently after extensive damage from erosion.
Note the basalt remnant forming Pulpit Rock at the tip of the
The plaque by the seats recognises the work of the Cape Schanck Preservation Society and its founder, Mr T Trumble, whose efforts assisted in the dedication of this magnificent park.
2. Salt pruning
The plants growing on the cliff below are constantly exposed to wind and salt spray. They are
well-adapted to these conditions, but show definite signs of wear and tear.
Note their shape. They grow into wedge-shaped bushes because the leaves and shoots on the windward side are continually pruned by salt-laden winds.
Later you will see some of these plants growing under more sheltered conditions where they form tall shrubs and trees.
The first settlers were attracted to the southern
These conditions existed near the coast at
The run changed hands several times until it was taken over by Dr Godfrey Howitt. He built a homestead on the property in the 1860s which he called Barragunda. Some of the limestone for the homestead was taken from the depression near the fence on the next rise.
Dune limestone was used as a building material at several places on the
Note the recent plantings of she-oak, banksia and tea-tree by the owner of Barrabang to form a windbreak along the boundary with the park.
4. Basalt flows
Looking eastwards can you see where the waters of
After each flow the lava cooled and hardened. The basalt surface then gradually weathered to form soil. These old soil layers are easily eroded by storm waves, but where thick, hard flows of basalt occur at sea level the cliff is more resistant to erosion. Rock platforms are exposed at low tide.
Guided Walking Tours of the Cape Schanck Area
Call them toll free 1800 804 009 or 03 5987 3078.
Coast to Coast Walking adventure: A two day walk staying at the lighthouse.
Offering spectacular views of Port Phillip Bay’s beautiful blue water and sand bars with the tall buildings of Melbourne on the horizon this walk begins at the base of Arthurs Seat. Enjoy a coffee at Arthur’s Restaurant before heading off on the gently undulating track with areas of boardwalks, bridges and steps. As the walk progresses you will see, views across to Bass Strait, fascinating birds and varied vegetation. Lunch pack provided and return to car park arranged by guide after a relaxing glass of wine or beer. Accommodation can be arranged at the Cape Schanck Lightstation.
Level of Walk: Moderate 14 kms
Meeting at Cape Schanck car park, we then travel together to Baldry Crossing to commence the days walk. This walk follows Main Creek through Greens Bush down to the beach at Bush Rangers Bay and finish at Cape Schanck. Fauna frequently seen includes Eastern grey Kangaroos, Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Koalas, Blue tongue lizards, Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Kookaburras and Superb Fairy-wrens. Lunch pack provided.
Level of Walk: Moderate 14 kms.
- 2 people $80 p.p per day
- 3 to 8 people $60 p.p per day
- Prices negotiated for groups in excess of 6 people.
Peninsula Hot Springs
2010 winner of the ASPA (Australasian Spa Association)awards for the best natural bathing spa. 2010 winner Tourism Victoria awards for best Spa and Wellbeing facility in Victoria.
NATURAL HOT SPRINGS
Natural Hot mineral water flows from deep underground
into the many pools and private baths at this coastal oasis of relaxation.
- Australia’s first natural Hot mineral springs and spa centre.
- Over 30 different pools and bathing experiences.
- Beautiful natural setting.
- Day Spa centre.
- Groups of up to 200 at a time.
Perfect for all seasons and all weather conditions. An experience that is enjoyable and reliable every
day or night of the year.
Where does our water come from?
The hot mineral spring waters fl ow from an aquifer 637 metres below the surface. The 50°C water rises under its
own pressure through the bore to within 10 metres of the surface, from where it is pumped to the pools.
Hot pool temperatures vary from 37°C to 43°C
Pebble Beach is down the Board walk 750 meters.
Eastern Lookout 170 meters.
Western Lookout 450meters
Loop Return 600 meters
Views include Pulpit Rock, Bushranger Bay, Elephant Rock and castle Rock
For the big adventure the Cave with Stalagmites is extrmely difficult and dangerous to climb
Montalto Winery & Restaurant
Restaurant & Catering Awards
Chef's Hat, Age Good Food Guide 2011
The relaxed elegance of the Montalto Restaurant is set in a striking and harmonious landscape building featuring rammed earth walls, timber frames and rough-hewn floor boards to blur the edges of inside and out, bringing the beauty of the outside in. Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of the breathtaking rural outlook of vines, olive groves, sculpture leading down to picturesque lakes and wetlands, with pasture, and a hint of the ocean as the backdrop.
During the warmer months, there a few places better than a table on the extensive decking, a magical place to while away the afternoon. In the cooler months, the gentle rays of the winter sun warm the restaurant as they shine through the windows.
The Montalto Restaurant is imbued with a provincial spirit, from a personal greeting at the front door to the food on the plate in front of you. Led by Head Chef Barry Davis, the kitchen serves food inspired by regional France, but anchored in the fresh seasonal produce of the estate and the Mornington Peninsula.
This includes Montalto's own expansive herb and vegetable garden, fruit & nut orchard and berry garden to which chefs make daily visits, harvesting the best of the garden for use in the restaurant.
As part of the regional dining experience, the wine list is not limited to the estate wines, but also offers selections from highly regarded Mornington Peninsula, Australian and international wineries.
According to The Good Food Guide, "Everything good about eating and drinking on the Mornington Peninsula comes together here…Montalto understands the Peninsula's strengths and truly shines"
Lunch daily 12-3pm
Dinner Friday & Saturday 6.30-11 pm
Summer opening hours (from Boxing Day until Australia Day):
Lunch daily 12-3pm
Dinner Monday-Thursday 6.30-9pm
Dinner Friday & Saturday 6.30-11pm