21 MAY 2021
From Cape Schanck to Point Nepean, you’ll explore the craggy, dramatic cliffs, wild oceans and secluded bays of this glorious natural wonderland. Enjoy nature at its finest. Join thousands of wild women (and a few awesome men!) in teams of four as we immerse ourselves in nature for an epic adventure of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising, proudly supporting Beyond Blue.
Online - Access Melbourne Event Route Map
- Open route map in Google Maps: HERE
- Instructions on how to use the MAPS.ME app: HERE
- Download the map file for the MAPS.ME app: HERE
Hard copy - Download Melbourne Event Map Book
- Download Melbourne Event Map Book
- Includes track notes and everything you need to know about the route.
- Print it out, or save on your phone, and keep it handy for Event Day!
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 on the beautiful Two Bays walking Track (approx. 9km). Careful when crossing Boneo Rd and stick to the footpath along Cape Schanck Road before you take a sneaky right through the bush towards Fingal.
The next 20km follows narrow undulating trails along the coastline. Don’t forget to look LEFT every now and again, as you’ll see the rugged Bridgewater Bay, 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 60km route will then crossover to the Bay side of the Peninsula, to give our trekkers a taste of the Bay trail & sand walking along Sorrento front beach for approx. 1km. The 60kers will then return to the surfside via the main strip of Sorrento. This is your best chance for a quick latte or lunch but don’t get distracted for too long!
The 60km and the 30km events will meet at the Sorrento Luv Stop.
The 30km route and the remaining 20(ish)km of the 60km route from Sorrento SLSC to Point Nepean is mostly bush trail, sealed road with only a spot of sand at Portsea Surf Beach (approx. 1.5km).
NOTE: A 0.5m low tide is forecast for 11:19am on Event Day. Event staff will be monitoring the tide during 10am-2pm, if there is limited sand to walk on or if there is an unusually high tide or it's after dark, participants will be notified at the Sorrento Luv Stop to take the the free shuttle bus to Portsea SLSC. Your safety is our number 1 priority!
Following this section, follow Farnsworth track to London Bridge, onto 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 we 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 – In the first half of the 60km event, there are limited access points for your support crew to meet you along the way, so 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.