There are a number of trails across the peninsula, shared by horse riders, walkers and mountain bikers. Many are along the roadside verges in the Red Hill and Main Ridge areas. One of the best is the Red Hill to Merricks Rail Trail which starts behind the shops at Centre Point and finishes at the Merricks Station Ground Reserve
Cyclists, Pedestrians & Horse Riders - Shared Trails
The Shire has constructed nearly 80 kilometres of Shared Trails (cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders). You can download maps of these trails:
Bay Trail: Dromana to Sorrento Bay Trail Map.pdf (3MB)
Melbourne Road Trail: Rye to Portsea Melbourne Rd Trail Map.pdf (537KB)
Peninsula Coastal Walk: Portsea, and Sorrento to Blairgowrie Peninsula Coastal Walk Map.pdf (3MB)
Mornington to Mt Martha Mornington to Mt Martha Map.pdf (2MB)
Red Hill to Merricks Rail Trail Red Hill Merricks Map.pdf (3MB)
Western Port Bay Trail: Somerville to Balnarring Western Port BT Map.pdf (2MB)
Two Bays Trail: Dromana to Cape Schanck Two Bays Trail Map.pdf (3MB)
Other Maps: Other Trails Maps.pdf (874KB)
Peninsula RideSafe Maps: Peninsula Ride Safe Maps.pdf (7MB)
The Mornington Peninsula Walks - Parks Victoria website http://parkweb.vic.gov.au
Bay Trail: Dromana to Sorrento
Easy walking and cycling
This trail follows the foreshore for 17km, winding through parklands and camping grounds. The longest continuous section (11kms) begins at Anthony’s nose in Dromana and travels to Rye. There are numerous places to stop for refreshments. Bay Trail Map.pdf (3MB)
Melbourne Road Trail: Rye to Portsea
Mostly easy walking and cycling with some uphill sections.
This inland trail connects Rye to Sorrento and Portsea and beyond. Newer sections of path between Sorrento and Koonya General Store provide an excellent surface. Although hilly in parts, this trail is suitable for beginners. Melbourne Rd Trail Map.pdf (537KB)
Peninsula Coastal Walk: Portsea, and Sorrento to Blairgowrie
Suitable for Walkers Only, unmade path.
This cliff top walk takes in the Mornington Peninsula National Park, and the paths are maintained by Parks Victoria. Dogs are permitted in the National Park at set times, so please check local signage. Peninsula Coastal Walk Map.pdf (3MB)
Mornington to Mount Martha
Suitable for walkers with some unmade sections of path.
Walkers can follow the winding tracks along the cliff tops and stop at the lookout points for spectacular views of the bay. Enjoy the leash-free areas, a picnic at the Balcombe Estuary Reserve or go for a walk along the boardwalk. Mornington Mt Martha Map.pdf (2MB)
Red Hill to Merricks: Rail Trail
Some uphill sections and rough surfaces for walkers and mountain bikes, suitable for beginner to intermediate standard horse riding.
This trail follows the alignment of the old railway line and passes through vineyards and grazing properties with spectacular views over Western Port. Horse float parking is available at either end of the trail. Red Hill Merricks Map.pdf (3MB)
Western Port Bay Trail: Somerville to Balnarring
Easy walking and cycling on sealed paths.
This 26km trail follows Frankston Flinders Road, travels through townships, alongside railway lines, by the coast and through woodlands. Ideal for recreational cyclists and walkers. Western Port BT Map.pdf (2MB)
Two Bays Trail: Dromana to Cape Schanck
Moderately difficult in sections, unmade paths.
This trail begins at the coast area of Dromana and travels up Arthurs Seat to Cape Schanck and beyond. It is quite challenging in sections. Two Bays Trail Map.pdf (3MB)
There are a variety of other trails across the peninsula. Some of these are ‘secondary’ trails, which are often less formed. Visit our information on The Briars and Warringine Park Park for more walking tracks.
Download Harrap_Creek_Trail_Map.pdf (2MB)
Download Other Trails Map.pdf (874KB)
Draft Roadside Equestrian and Mountain Bike Trails strategy
The rural areas of the Mornington Peninsula have an extensive network of natural surfaced, single track roadside trails which have been created by users over time. Many of the trails are well used and established whilst others are more ephemeral; disappearing through vegetation overgrowth after particular local users move away or change their activities, or new trails emerging through use. In some areas the naturally formed trails have been replaced with concrete pedestrian and bicycle paths as part of the Shire’s trail development initiatives.
Download Draft_Roadside_Equestrian_and_Mountain_Bike_Trails_strategy.pdf (4MB)
BUG Groups - Bicycle Users Group
Bike riding is fun, social and active. Bring down your bike and join our Bicycle Users Group.
• Mornington BUG meets at David Collings, Leisure Centre Dunns Road, Mornington Tel: 03 5975 0133
• Pelican Park BUG meets at Pelican Park, Recreation Centre Marine Parade Hastings Tel: 1300 850 197
Reserves where equestrian activities take place
The Shire is reviewing the equestrian trails strategy, developing a service standard for trails, identifying trails which are regularly used and planning to publish a map of trails. For more information about the project work contact Fiona Colquhoun, Recreation Planner on: 5950 1000 or Fiona.firstname.lastname@example.org
Merricks Station Recreation Reserve, Frankston Flinders Road, Merricks Woolleys Road Bushland Reserve, Woolleys Rd, Crib Point Main Ridge Equestrian Ground, Baldrys Rd, Main Ridge Moorooduc Saddle Club, Derril Road, Moorooduc Southern Peninsula Pony Club, Limestone Road, Boneo Emu Plains Reserve, Coolart Rd, Balnarring
Please note: casual equestrian access to these reserves is on application to the reserve committee.
Peninsula Bushwalking Club
The group is associated with the Arthurs Seat State Park. For information from Parks Victoria, contact Ranger Mark Pinney on 5986 9100.
Address: PO Box 433, Mornington VIC 3931
Tel: 0420 543 793