Distance: 13 Km | Duration: Hrs | Grade: TBA | Rating: | Style: Circuit | Map
About the Walk
This walk has excellent coastal scenery, historical sites, artists views of the bay, views over Sorrento, a botanical gardens and old historical buildings. The walk takes you through Sorrento and Portsea as well as along Portsea's front and back beaches.
The Walk in Detail
Starting at the car park walk towards the coast past Sorrento Hotel and you will see the Helicopter Rescue Service and across the water the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal(1). Turn left into the Botanical Gardens (2) and walk through to Point Nepean Road. Follow Point Nepean road north past an St Johns Anglican Historical Church (3) to Lentel avenue, turn right and walk to the coast. Follow the beach to Point King (4).
Return to Point Nepean Road and follow west to Hemston Avenue and go to the coast. Walk along Shelley Beach to Point Franklin (5) then return to Point Nepean Road. Still walking west go through Portsea (6) till you reach the Visitors Centre (7) at the Point Nepean National Park. Walk along Defence Road to Wilsons Folly Track and turn left (south) on this track. Follow Wilsons Folly Track (8) to the London Bridge car park.
Visit London Bridge (9) then head east along the beach past Portsea Surf Beach (10) to Sphinx Rock (11). Climb the steps and follow the track to Coppins Lookout (12). Return to the track then follow this to the next lookout (13) overlooking Sorrento. Return to the main track and continue east to Ocean Beach Road. Walk north along Ocean Beach road past Historic Whitehall Guest House (14).
Continue through Sorento Shopping Centre (15) to the Continental Hotel, turn left into Point Nepean Road and follow west back to the Botanical Gardens car park.
Drive to Sorrento either on Melbourne Road or Point Nepean Rd. Park in Sorrento Park near the Sorrento Pier (Melways 157 B7).
Be careful near cliff areas, steps to beach may be slippery after rain. Watch out for cars when walking on main roads.
Point Nepean Visitors Centre: