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Friends help the endangered Hooded Plover

Recently we were down at St Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula taking photographs for this web site. It’s not always easy to match a clear sunny day with spare time for photography but this day was one of the best. It was mid week so we had the beach to ourselves, no footprints in the sand and no-one between us and Cape Schanck.

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Mornington Peninsula Railways Past and Present

Only two rail lines are still in operation on the Mornington Peninsula, but others used to operate in the mid 20th Century. You can catch a regular service from Frankston which stops at towns like Tyabb, Hastings and Bittern, on the way to Stony Point, where the line ends. This trip takes you from one bay, Port Philip, to another bay, Westernport where the line ends only 70 meters from the water.

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Matthew Flinders’ Port Phillip Bay Discovery Trail

Recently, my son was riding his motor bike up winding Arthurs Seat Road on the Mornington Peninsula. The day was perfect, blue skies, bush recently washed by rain and Port Phillip Bay glinting in the background. As he stopped at Murrays Lookout then Chapmans Point he noticed that the further up the road you go the less you see of the bay to the north although views of the southern and eastern coast are spectacular.

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Islands, water birds, seals and heritage on the Mornington Peninsula coast

As a child I remember standing on a southern Mornington Peninsula foreshore listening to a vigorous discussion between my father and uncles about whether the smudges of land on the horizon were the Fort, Popes Eye or Mud Island.

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10 free activities for Easter and the school holidays

Once again it’s Easter and school holidays and the age old question of what to do is ringing around Melbourne. When checking the net for ideas I found some good but costly activities. For families and the cash strapped some careful planning is needed to fix the “I’m bored” syndrome. So to kick start your holiday preparations here are 10 free things to do on The Mornington Peninsula.

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Coolart Mansion – historic buildings, gardens, wetlands – a great place to visit

Coolart is a big enough place to absorb lots of active kids on holiday. With its ever-changing wetlands, bird sanctuary, woodlands, Victorian mansion, superb grounds and nearby beach, Coolart today attracts visitors all year round. The mansion which was built in 1895 is free to explore and has many of its rooms open to the public.

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If its time for a break here’s your escape route

Just a short drive from Melbourne the Mornington Peninsula is an easy escape for the day, weekend or more. In a little over an hour you can be sitting on the beach, relaxing in a winery, walking through the bush, or having coffee and cake at one of the peninsula’s many cafes.

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