Bushrangers Bay and Cape Schanck Trail

After cold conditions the day before, The Hiking Society MeetUp were treated to much more pleasant conditions on the near 13km Bushrangers Bay and Cape Schanck trail.

A History Lesson

Bushrangers Bay gets its name from two bushrangers – Henry Bradley and Patrick O’Connor – who landed near Cape Schanck on September 19th, 1853 and were rowed to shore to the place now known as Bushrangers Bay.

The Trail

Starting from the carpark on Boneo Road, the trail itself is quite an easy one with very few obstacles to navigate and is wide enough for people to walk side-by-side.

This particular trail also forms part of the popular 28km Two Bays Walking Track in the Mornington Peninsula.

At the 2.5km mark, there is the option of continuing on the trail to Cape Schanck or taking a side-trip down to Bushrangers Bay.

Naturally, our group went to the latter option.

Bushrangers Bay

The stairs to the bottom are somewhat steep but very soon you come out into the bay and right onto the shore.

There is an option you can take to the nearby Elephant Rock where I am led to believe you are able to climb to the top. However, a deep stream was preventing us from crossing over.

The rock pools by the beach at Bushrangers Bay are really nice to explore during low tide as you can make your way easily across them and around Elephant Rock.

We took the stairs back to the t-intersection and continued on to the Cape Schanck car park.

Bushrangers Bay

There are several trails sprouting off from the car park, but we decided to take the boardwalk down to the rocks by the beach.

You get some great views of the ocean here, and despite the wind, it really was a great place to stop and have some lunch.

We started to retrace our steps at 12:30pm and were back at the Boneo Road car park just before 2pm.

Bushrangers Bay

I think what I really liked about this walk was how green the area is and the views of the ocean. I also really loved exploring around the various rock pools in Bushrangers Bay.

Furthermore, despite walking through an area somewhat crowded with trees, you are still able to get a good view of the ocean even before you reach the t-intersection or Cape Schanck.

Bushrangers Bay

I would recommend this hike for hikers of all abilities and even those who wish to bring their children along.

As always, if you would like to follow the trail I recorded, download it here.

The Stats – Bushrangers Bay & Cape Schanck

Length (km): 12.7km (according to WikiLoc)
Time: 3hr 15 mins (3hr 3 mins moving time)
Average Speed: 3.91 km/h
Difficulty: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 101m
Accum. elev. uphill: 205m
Accum. elev. downhill: 205m
Return/Circuit/One Way: Return
Location: Cape Schanck

2 Responses
  1. Georgie

    I have been reading your site and it looks very similar to the trail hiking website. Are you affiliated as a lot of your content seems to be a replica of that site

    1. John Feeney

      Hi Georgie, thanks for your comment. My website is not affiliated with TH in any way whatsoever. All of my content is based off everything that I see or do. There are a lot of websites doing similar content to myself and TH such as gear reviews, trail reports, and blogging about all things hiking and camping. There’s always going to be little differences between all the sites i.e. tone of voice, range of content, how it’s distributed etc

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