Given we live beneath Arthurs Seat in Dromana it’s not far to go there to visit. It’s wonderful being able to go from the beach to the hills and bush so quickly. By car along the very windy road it’s about five minutes. However you can walk up a track from Dromana foreshore camping area (This is actually the start of the 27kms Two Bays Track.) to Latrobe Terrace and then over the bridge crossing the freeway to the Bunurong Track carpark. From there it’s a steep walk up into Seawinds Park. (You can continue the Two Bays Track but that’s an idea for another post or two some other time.)
Recently we took the short cut and drove up before walking with a group of friends around the Circuit Walk at the top of Arthurs Seat.
After a short stretch of bush path
we came to a point where we had to carefully cross the road leading up to Arthurs Seat.
Just down a bit is the cairn memorial to famous explorer, Matthew Flinders, who stood on Arthurs Seat in April 1802. Lieutenant Murray had discovered Port Phillip Bay in January of the same year and named it Arthur’s Seat after the one in Edinburgh in Scotland.
We had an excellent view over McCrae and Rosebud from here too.
Our walk continued up some stone steps and along a stretch of boardwalk
before entering Seawinds Gardens.
The viewpoint here allows views across the bay, as well as up and down the Mornington Peninsula.
The circuit path leads through Seawinds Gardens, which is well provided for with picnic tables and electric barbecues.
Newly erected signage gives visitors lots of information, as well as many suggestions of what to do whilst in the area.
Our circuit path took us through the indigenous gardens
and back to the top of Arthurs Seat. The newly completed (last December) Eagle gondola chairlift was operating. However we decided to stop in their cafe for a drink. A ride on the Eagle could wait for another day, perhaps when there were less tourist buses.