• Length: 13km

  • Duration: 4hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Boneo Road carpark

  • End: Boneo Road carpark

  • Closest Town: Cape Schanck

  • Location: Mornington Peninsula

  • Distance from state capital: 105km

  • State: VIC

  • Latitude: -38.4733470000

  • Longitude: 144.9275210000


The beautiful Bushranger Bay & Cape Schanck hike comprises of a sandy beach surrounded by basalt cliffs. This serene location is contrasted by dark and brooding headlands and wild waves that often crash onto jagged rocks guarding the entrance to the bay.

Bushrangers Bay hike is accessed along Main Creek from the Boneo Road car park and picnic area (2.5km). This section of the Two Bays Walking Track provides fine views and passes through shady Banksia groves.

From Bushrangers Bay follow the 2.6km Bushrangers Bay Track to the Cape Schanck car park to see some of the best coastal scenery near Melbourne. This section of the park was purchased from abutting farms in 1977.

Return via the same route.


Swimming is not recommended at this site as the beach is unpatrolled and often hazardous due to strong rips and large waves.


Total distance: 12975 m
Max elevation: 99 m
Min elevation: 4 m
Total climbing: 441 m
Total descent: -442 m


5 thoughts on “Bushranger Bay & Cape Schanck (13km)

  1. Hi,
    I did this hike just the other day. Bushrangers Bay is a nice little hidden gem, but I can agree about the swimming! Even though it was a hot day, big swells and it’s relative isolation kept me out of the water! Spent some time on the beach though, just looking around and taking it all in, it was great.