This was the question I asked myself multiple times when I visited the stunning Cape Schanck lighthouse and ocean walk. It is a spot like no other on the Mornington Peninsula. Orange soil, rugged cliffs, rock pools, a pebble beach and of course, crazy rock formations that seriously look to be from the dinosaur ages. It makes for a great day out, unique adventure and another reason to love our home THAT much more.
I have lived on the peninsula since I was twelve years old. I write a blog, weekly, about our peninsula. I feel, if I don't say so myself, I know a lot about our beautiful home. Yet still, moments like these when I was at Cape Schanck, I am dumb founded as to why I don't visit locations like this more. We get so stuck in our motions, so trapped in our ways and habits. I implore you, this 2019 make it your year of adventure- near and far. Our backyard on the peninsula is endless and beautiful - when was the last time you did this walk? When was the last time you put your toes in the water at your favourite beach? When was the last time you tried a new cafe or restaurant on the southern peninsula? There is just SO MUCH for us to do, eat, and appreciate.
I am calling for a community movement: to live and love and be present. It's not too hard to do, right?
Start with this walk, for example. Only a short drive from Frankston - 40 minutes, straight down the freeway to be exact, and you will be amongst the sheer beauty of Mother Earth, cue Stevie Wonder "Isn't she lovely"- haha. Whether you attend during the holidays or in the quieter times, you can be rest assured you will find a car park either at the beginning of the walk, or a little further up on Cape Schanck Road.
To business: there are lots of public toilets, and limited phone reception, so be sure to take a friend and stay safe- the water and rock pools are beautiful but subject to large and strong waves. The walk itself is a few kms each way, and is suitable for all fitness levels. If you are thinking of bringing the kiddies, this is a child-friendly walk despite a few stairs here and there. Unfortunately it is not suitable for a pram, but don't stress- I have a whole blog on that coming your way too.
My favourite photo ops of the day were without a doubt the ominous lighthouse, standing tall amongst the green scrub, as well as the boardwalk. Every inch of the walk is met with stunning cliff edges, pebble beaches and rock pools. Even in the rain Cape Schanck was alive, vivid and colourful. Imagine what it would have been like in the sunshine! Or, see it for yourself. Don't forget to share your peninsula adventures with me via #UnlockThePeninsula
Ps. add this to your playlist while walking the boardwalk for your true "Peninsula Lifestyle" Cape Schanck experience haha.