Peninsula Trail

For many years, our community has been telling us they dream of a connected trail network across the Mornington Peninsula. Now, we are ready to turn that dream into reality by connecting the missing links and build the Peninsula Trail.

A trail without missing links will bring benefits that go beyond active living. While much of the proposed 130km Peninsula Trail network exists, joining the gaps will connect townships and provide economic and tourism opportunities for local communities and the wider region.

What we are asking

Help us make the Mornington Peninsula a premier walking and cycling experience.

The Peninsula Trail project imagines healthier, connected and thriving communities through improved cycling and walking options.

A fully connected trail linking the Peninsula and beyond will unlock major economic opportunities.

Two thirds of the proposed 130-kilometre Peninsula Trail is already in place. To fill in the missing links we need a total investment of $62.5 million. This includes:

  • Mornington to Moorooduc - $10 million
  • Whitecliffs at Rye - $1.6 million

There are 11 missing links in the Peninsula Trail in total.

Council has committed $10 million to this project.

The Somerville to Baxter section is fully funded thanks to support from the Victorian and the Federal Governments.

We’re ready to secure further investment and get on with the next priority stages.

What makes this unique

The Peninsula Trail is a vital step in closing the gaps in Melbourne’s Bay Trail, creating a fully connected off-road cycling route from the mouth of the Yarra in Port Melbourne to the entrance of Port Phillip.

A second branch would take cyclists along Western Port to Balnarring before traversing the hinterland to connect with the Bay Trail at Dromana. Cycling and walking options for our community will be increased.

It will also connect with several existing walking trails following spectacular ocean coastlines and linking iconic attractions such as Point Nepean and Cape Schanck.

The Peninsula Trail has the potential to become the newest scenic tourist trail for the region offering, cultural and nature-based experiences and significantly boosting our economy.

Why this is important

The Peninsula Trail is a priority initiative of the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and our most ambitious trail infrastructure project to date.

It has the potential to attract off-peak and mid-week tourists and more evenly disperse them across the Peninsula.

It will offer opportunities for eco-tourism, Aboriginal cultural tours and access to our vibrant food, wine and art scene.

The Trail will connect many of the Peninsula’s townships to a network of safe, accessible trails, creating ‘20-minute neighbourhoods’ and reducing the reliance on cars.

With limited public transport on the Peninsula, it will provide alternative transport options, ensuring better outcomes for our health and environment.

The benefits – supporting evidence and strategies

It is estimated the Peninsula Trail project will generate a total economic output of $111 million and support 267 jobs during construction phase.

The operational phase is estimated to deliver $9.7 million direct and $14 million indirect visitor expenditure and $9 million in health cost saving benefits to local residents each year. It will support 109 local jobs.

The Peninsula Trail project aligns with:

  • The Federal Government’s Thrive 2030 Re-Imagined Visitor Economy and the objectives of Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand.
  • The Victorian Government’s commitment to investing in walking and cycling infrastructure to promote active transport (The Victorian Cycling Strategy, 2018- 2028).
  • The localities identified within the Department of Transport Strategic Cycling Corridor and Principal Bicycle Network.
  • The priorities of the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy, most specifically to invest in nature based and local infrastructure.

Bunurong Traditional Owners are helping to shape trail design, visitor information and stories promoting Aboriginal and wider community sense of place and cultural identity.

The eight Mornington Peninsula’s Rotary Clubs are working together with Council to support the project through investment in landscaping, furniture and rest stops.

Victoria Walks supports the project as a key in helping achieved its vision of healthier, connected communities through more people walking every day.

It also has the support of a wide range of local organisations including schools, business trader and tourism associations, recreation clubs, community action groups like Mornington Community SafeLink and many more.

The Missing Links

Of the 11 missing links there are four priority sections.

Priority Trail Link 1

Mornington to Moorooduc and Somerville to Baxter.

Download: Mornington to Moorooduc(PDF, 576KB)
Download: Somerville to Baxter(PDF, 546KB)

Council has secured $4M for a Somerville to Baxter Shared Path from the Federal Government and $3M from the State Government through its Growing Suburbs Fund.

Priority Trail Link 2

Anthony’s Nose, Whitecliffs in Rye, Blairgowrie Yacht Club and Hughes Road.

Download: Southern Peninsula Missing Links(PDF, 681KB)

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.

Priority Trail Link 3

Merricks to Balnarring and Balnarring to Bittern.

Download: Hinterland Connecting Trails(PDF, 610KB)

Priority Trail Link 4

Safety Beach to Mt Martha, Red Hill to Arthur's Seat and Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road.

Download: Safety Beach to Mt Martha Shared Path(PDF, 614KB)
Download: Red Hill to Arthur’s Seat Trail(PDF, 601KB)
Download: Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road Trail(PDF, 585KB)