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On Thursday January 28, 2010, I visited Fingal Beach, in the Mornington Peninsula National Park, about 100 km south of Melbourne.
It is reached by a 4 km (return) foot-track, starting at the Pines Picnic area on the Cape Schanck Rd.
The track initially winds its way through coastal bushland, passsing a lookout with superb views along the coast.
From there, it follows the cliff top, then reaches a junction. The track contuinues along the cliff top to Gunnamatta Beach, about 3 km further on.
The track to Fingal Beach starts at this junction, and is a very steep descent about 1 km on steps and a staircase to the beach, far down below.
The beach is sandy, with many rock formations exposed at low tide.
I went along the beach westerly towards Gunnamatta Beach, linking up with a previous hike of some weeks ago.
The return was up the steps, then along the "shortcut track" back to the picnic ground.
All this was about 4.5 km.
The ascent is rather tough! Not recommended on very hot days!
article published 1/28/2010