Looking for a peaceful coastal walking track? A track that winds its way through the coastal vegetation of Western Port then look no further. The Warringine Park is a beautiful place to take a morning or afternoon walk. The track consisting of a gravel path and boardwalk is a very easy walk through the coastal vegetation. The walk is also known as Bittern Coastal Wetlands Boardwalk.
For bird watchers the area attracts over 110 bird species. It is also home to the Southern Brown Bandicoot and Swamp Skink. Keep your eyes opened for the much loved Echidna which have been known to be seen along the track.
With the vegetation continually changing makes the walk very interesting. One minute you’re in grassland areas the next mangroves are by your side. The contrast in the colours and textures making it a great place for photographers.
Dogs are not allowed in the Warringine Park where the salt marshes have made the coastal area classified by the National Trust.
How long is the walk?
We commenced the walk from the Salmon Street, Hastings entrance and walked the roughly 4km to Jacks Beach. Depending on your fitness level and if you stop to appreciate the flora and fauna, one way will take you approximately 45mins.
For those wanting a longer walk you can continue on the Western Port Bay Trail which the Warringine Park forms part of.
Reasons to visit Warringine Park
- Coastal Walk
- Bird watching
- Nature lovers
Until we stopped at the Visitor Information Centre at the Hastings Jetty, the Warringine Park was unknown to us as was Jacks Beach. We were pleasantly surprised and loved every moment of our walk.
Situated minutes away from Hastings Jetty where we’d already had a lovely stroll around the Fred Smith Reserve and surrounding area we didn’t have to go far to experience this picturesque boardwalk. A walk we’d recommend to anyone that loves the great outdoors.
You can reach Jacks Beach by walking along the Warringine Park trail or for those wanting to reach it by car there is a nearby car park and picnic/BBQ area at Jacks Beach Reserve. The beach is not one that I would be heading to on a summers day for a swim. Anywhere we explore we always go without any expectations. Jacks Beach surprised us, we expected a sandy beach instead we had arrived at a historical site in Hastings. It’s here the twin Jack brothers had a tan pit to tan their fishing nets and lines. Information boards are provided to give some history on the Jack brothers and the area.
Nearby places to explore around Hastings
Below are some of the places we explored on our day trip to Hastings. It is very easy to spend a day in Hastings if you love the great outdoors.
Click on the below links to learn more:
- Hastings Jetty
- Fred Smith Reserve, Hastings
- Hastings Boat Ramp
- Jacks Beach Reserve, Bittern
- Hastings Foreshore Recreational Walking Track, Hastings
Places to explore on the Mornington Peninsula
There is so much variety and places of interest on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula. The area is popular with locals and tourists for its wineries, beaches, surf beaches. Catching a ferry from Portsea to Queenscliff, The Peninsula Hot Springs to mazes and golf courses. This is just to name a few of the wonderful places to explore.
Click on the below links to learn about some of the places we’ve explored. You could easily stay on the Mornington Peninsula for a couple of weeks and still not see all what is on offer.
- Arthurs Seat, Dromana, Victoria
- Mount Martha Beach, Victoria
- Ranelagh Beach, Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia
- Frankston Foreshore, Beach & Pier, Frankston, Victoria
- Oliver’s Hill Lookout Point, Frankston, Victoria, Australia
- Mornington Pier, Mornington
- Rosebud Pier, Rosebud
- Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Moorooduc
- Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, Pearcedale
- Warneet Jetty, Warneet
Warringine Park Location
The Warringine Park is located in Hastings which is situated on the Mornington Peninsula.
- 2 Salmon Street Hastings, Victoria 3195
- Approximately 74km, 1hr 10mins from Melbourne CBD (with tolls)
- Approximately 24km, 30mins from Mornington Pier
- Approximately 1.3km, 4mins from Hastings Jetty
Have you explored this coastal walking track on the Mornington Peninsula or visited other walking tracks you think we should explore. If you have, we’d love to hear about them.