Bay Trail Network – Missing links

The Mornington Peninsula Bay Trail Network is one of the most scenic shared regional trails in Victoria. It traverses through the varying terrain and diverse picturesque environments offered by the region. The trail network links coastal and foreshore settings to the green luscious hinterland and to key townships and busy population nodes.

There is a gap in infrastructure provision for although the existing network of trails is well utilised by residents and visitors for cycling and walking, there are clear fragmented sections at strategic locations – the missing links. These priority trail links cross key segments of the network including central population and visitor nodes and inhibit a user’s ability to enjoy a continuous and integrated trail.

Download: Missing Links Mapped(PDF, 787KB)

Mornington Peninsula Shire has prepared an Economic Impact Report to determine the cost, feasibility and benefits of constructing the missing links. The report confirms that filling this infrastructure gap by constructing the missing links will provide a fully integrated and continuous trail that will generate significant economic, social and environmental benefits through improvements associated with trail access, amenity, connectivity, wellbeing and safety.

Download: Economic Impact Report(PDF, 6MB)

Summary of Benefits

Once implemented, the eleven Missing Links are expected to deliver the following benefits:

  • An integrated and continuous trail allowing users to take longer uninterrupted journeys
  • Increased use of Mornington Peninsula’s trail network by females and young people
  • Health cost savings estimated at $5.6 million due to increased levels of walking and cycling
  • Reduced traffic congestion, road provision costs and vehicle operating costs
  • Increased social connection and cognitive health for our residents and visitors
  • Strengthening of Mornington Peninsula’s brand as a premier walking and cycling destination
  • Economic output totalling $11.3M per annum
  • Creation of 35 new jobs each year

The Missing Links

There are four priority trail links made up of the eleven Missing Links, they are:

Priority Trail Link 1

Mornington to Moorooduc and Somerville to Baxter.

Download: Mornington to Moorooduc(PDF, 673KB)
Download: Somerville to Baxter(PDF, 591KB)

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.

Priority Trail Link 2

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

Download: Southern Peninsula Missing Links(PDF, 773KB)

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, 765KB)

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, 835KB) 
Download: Red Hill to Arthur’s Seat Trail(PDF, 881KB) 
Download: Arthur's Seat to Point Nepean Road Trail(PDF, 780KB)