Arthurs Seat State Park – Mornington Peninsula
Our next stop was Arthurs Seat State Park – named after the original one in Scotland. The state park includes several walking paths, a garden, and the views from the top. There are many ways to get to the top – you can drive to the park itself, you can hike to the summit, or you can take the gondola. Since we were on a tight schedule, hiking was not an option (though definitely our preference), and the gondola (Aruthrs Seat Eagle) was $30AUD which is insane so we drove to the top.
We chose to walk to Summit Circuit – 1.8 km easy trail that loops around to all the view points at Arthurs Seat National Park.
It was a perfect fall day at the top as the leaves were changing into lovely colors. Our walk started at the Arthur’s Seat look out. The view point was actually disappointing as the view is obstructed by large trees. I am not sure if they are delinquent in maintenance cutting the trees back or if they reserve the epic view for the paying customers of the gondola.
The next several viewpoints hit the coastline and there was a magnificent view of the Melbourne skyline from these spots. The cloudy haze gave the skyline such a mood – we really enjoyed photographing this area!
We completed the entire circuit much quicker than expected and thought it was a great way to see the entire area. The trail itself is not difficult – just a walking path – and I would recommend going counter clockwise to go down a staircase instead of up.