Warm sun on your body, fresh sea air in your lungs and soft sand underfoot makes for a great outing and a beach walk at Mornington ticks all those (bathing) boxes.
From the Marina carpark, we scrambled up the Schnapper Point steps and took in the great views around the bay.
The pier itself is currently undergoing a refurburbishment - due for completion any day now. The fish are still biting though, and we saw many fishermen lined up along the section of the jetty that is still open.
Matthew Flinders sailed into the area in 1802 and there is a 30 ft granite monument dedicated to him at the top of the hill. There is also another statue of the explorer in Mornington Park.
The boats that land here nowadays are mostly fishing and leisure craft. On Sundays, you can buy fresh mussels straight off one of the boats. The water around the pier is crystal clear and you can spot fish swimming around and bright orange sea stars clinging to the rocks.
A boardwalk begins at the next carpark, crosses a small inlet and ends at the beach.
The colourful bathing boxes look spectacular, even on an overcast day. At the end of the beach, there are rocks and rockpools to explore, with beach treasures of fish, shells, molluscs and seaweed to be discovered.
Melbourne's skyline can be seen waaaaay over there....just to the left of that huge yacht.
We worked up an appetite on our walk and rewarded our hungry selves with a delicious lunch at The Rocks, which included these Lobster Dumplings and a Chestnut Creme Brulee. Fish'n'Chips are also available next door at Schnappers.
What: Mornington Pier
Where:Schnapper Point Drive
Why: beach walk, views
How Much:FREE to walk. Fancy pants lunch is extra :)