Mt Martha to Mornington cliff-top walk

Taking the cliff-top path from Mount Martha to Mornington is a good walk anytime of the year but in winter you don’t risk sunburn. Parking a car at Fisherman’s Beach in Mornington and then another at the Balcombe Creek estuary enabled us to take a leisurely walk of about 6-7 kilometres. The first part of the walk is on a concrete footpath

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but after passing the estuary

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you have the opportunity to cross over to the beach side. Interestingly the creek rarely makes it to the sea.

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Given the crumbly nature of the cliffs due to erosion it was good to see railings along the edge of the path as we started.

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There are frequent viewpoints along the path.

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Another thing we noted were the information markers detailing interactions between the early European explorers and the original indigenous inhabitants.

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As we walked along we could feel some strength in the wind so it was no wonder that many of the trees were twisted and gnarly.

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About halfway along we detoured down a path to Fossil Beach for a quick look. It has been well picked over during the decades since fossils were first found there.

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The acacias and the casuarinas in bloom reminded us that spring is on its way.

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The coastline is quite rugged but beautiful.

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As we approached Mornington we saw a number of the bathing boxes (beach huts) that are dotted around Port Phillip Bay. They always peak interest in interstate and overseas visitors.

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After a gentle uphill finish we were happy to sit down for a hot drink and a warm lunch at the busy Li Lo Cafe.

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