27 MAY 2022
You have a few options for accessing Melbourne Coastrek's route map. Download the route on your phone either via Google Maps or the MAPS.ME app. Don't forget to update it just before Event Day, a few things can change between now and May 2022 ;) If you like it old school, we've got an epic hard copy map book which will include detailed track notes, elevation profiles and more!
What is the route like?
The Mornington Peninsula boasts some of Victoria’s most spectacular walking landscapes, including peaceful bays, wild ocean coastlines and tranquil bush.
The 60km route begins in Greens bush. Not your typical coastal start line, but you won’t miss much before sunrise! The first 15km of the 60km route is glorious bush track. As the sun begins to rise, you’ll set your sights on the sparking blue water of Bushrangers Bay from the beautiful Two Bays walking track towards Cape Schanck.
The 45km route begins at the beautiful Cape Schanck Lighthouse. The next 20km follows narrow undulating trails along the coastline. Don’t forget to look LEFT every now and again over Bass Strait, check out vantage points at the Bay of Islands and St Paul's Lookout providing fine coastal views! We highly recommend ankle gaiters and sand resistant shoes to keep out sand and debris.
The 30km route starts at Point Nepean. You’ll start your journey on the bay side of the peninsula with views of the calm water of Port Phillip. Strut down Millionaires Walk towards Sorrento. Crossover to the surfside of the peninsula via the delightful Tuckey Trail to Diamond Bay, before turning right toward Sorrento Ocean Beach where you’ll meet up with your 60km and 45km trekkers at Sorrento SLSC.
The final 18km of the route (for all distances) is mostly coastal bush trails, including Farnsworth track to London Bridge, and Butlers Track to Fort Nepean*
Point Nepean offers some of the best views on the Mornington Peninsula across to Queenscliff and out the Port Phillip Bay Heads. Take a minute to take in the breathtaking scenery! Follow the easy-walking Coles Track to Point Nepean Quarantine Station and you have reached the finish line, YOU DID IT!
*Important note: The trail through Butlers Track (parallel to Defence Rd, Point Nepean) will be especially opened for Coastrek event day only so you can’t train on this section. The google map on the website shows the alternate route in blue for training purposes, and this is also downloadable on maps.me. On event day, please always follow our pink markers and refer to your map.
Some important stuff:
Water and Toilets - There are very few water and toilet stops along the entire route. Even if you don’t need to go, visit the loo, toilets will be few and far between! You must refill your water bladder EVERY TIME you see a water refill station (at the Luv Stops), even if you think you have plenty left. During training these water points will not be available, so ensure you take extra with you for training on the route.
Head torches - It may also be very dark for those finishing after sunset. Remember to bring your head torch, even if you expect to finish in daylight. They are compulsory for all trekkers.
Support Crew - There is limited access for support crews in the last 10km of the route through the Point Nepean National Park. The closest spot is Gunners Cottage, cars may park here and support crews can walk 1km along Defence road to meet their trekkers with 7.5km to go (if they are on their way to Fort Nepean) or 3km to go (if they are on their way back from Fort Nepean). Support crew access is also limited in the first 20km of the 60km route (5km of the 45km route). The Luv Stops are the best spot to meet up with your trekkers, and other beach car parks along the route, please plan ahead!
Please note: All Coastrek routes are subject to change. We attempt, at all times, to adhere to the advised route. As we are immersed in nature, however, there may sometimes be circumstances beyond our control (tides, fallen trees/branches, other safety aspects as advised by local councils) that require us to slightly alter the route. In any such cases these will be clearly marked and identified on event day.
If there is a government directive that disrupts your proposed Coastrek route on Event Day, you will get to choose your own route, based on your local area, COVID cluster conditions and suggestions from us, with all the support and assistance you need. We will give you some inspiration by suggesting routes we know and love in your area.