The Mornington Peninsula Trail network extends over 100 kms, linking the Peninsula and beyond. Peninsula Trail is one of the most scenic shared trails in Victoria, with transformational potential for our region.
The Peninsula Trail has been identified by the Shire as a strategic project for investment, to boost the local economy and support our Covid-19 recovery. Community Plan consultation also identified better walking and cycling infrastructure as a community priority.
It is anticipated the trail will be used by local residents for walking, recreation and active transport and by visitors to the area, seeking natural beauty and tourism adventure opportunities.
The trail offers residents and visitors a unique experience, with a variety of uses and provides access to diverse picturesque coastal and hinterland environments, connecting local townships and attractions including The Briars, Arthurs Seat Mountain Bike tracks and world class wineries.
There are significant gaps at strategic locations across the trail network, which need to be addressed to achieve an integrated off-road trail and realise the active transport, recreational, tourism and cultural potential of this infrastructure.
The Peninsula Trail concept recognises and supports the Victorian Government’s commitment to investing in walking and cycling infrastructure to promote active transport (The Victorian Cycling Strategy, 2018- 2028) and includes localities identified within the Department of Transport Strategic Cycling Corridor and Principal Bicycle Network.
The transformational capacity of the Peninsula Trail to support the visitor economy, clearly aligns with the priorities of the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy, most specifically to invest in nature-based and local infrastructure.
The Peninsula Trail is a unique project which benefits from the official endorsement of all eight Rotary Clubs across the Mornington Peninsula and has been chosen to mark the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Australia.
The Missing Links
There are four priority trail links made up of the eleven Missing Links, they are:
Mornington to Moorooduc and Somerville to Baxter.
Council has secured $2M for a Somerville to Baxter Shared Path from local member for Flinders The Hon Greg Hunt MP and has submitted an application for funding from the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Fund.
Anthony’s Nose, Whitecliffs in Rye, Blairgowrie Yacht Club and Hughes Road.
Collectively referred to as the Southern Peninsula Missing Links, funding for these gaps in the trail has been requested from the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Program.
Merricks to Balnarring and Balnarring to Bittern.
Download: Hinterland Connecting Trails(PDF, 765KB)
Safety Beach to Mt Martha, Red Hill to Arthur's Seat and Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road.