G’day! Meet James and Lauren, a couple of 20-something nomads who love to hike and explore the great outdoors. Last year they took this passion to the next level by launching a business selling travel essentials. That business, NAC, is a social enterprise, which is a business that exists to have a social impact. NAC exists to help end global poverty.
How do they do it? They donate 100 per cent of the profits from the sale of their quality and sustainably manufactured adventure clothing to sustainable development projects. The first project they’ve been supporting is a Kenyan school providing free food and education for more than 500 kids living in the slums of Nakuru.
James and Lauren have decided to share their top three Peninsula walks to inspire you to get out and see our region for yourself. It is easy to forget what we have in our own backyard, and we will admit to being the first ones to pack the car and head two hours or more in any direction searching for that perfect ‘new’ destination. However, after finally scratching the surface of what the Peninsula has to offer, we are kicking ourselves we didn’t get started sooner.
Two Bays walking trail - Stretching across the widest point of the Peninsula from Dromana to Cape Schanck, this 26.4km hike takes in all the beauty the Peninsula has to offer. Not only are the views incredible but you are almost certain to come across eastern grey kangaroos, black wallabies, echidnas and koalas, making for a truly authentic Aussie experience. The trail is made up of several short walks of between 1.5km and 4km, so you can break the walk up across multiple weekends and start where you finished up previously. With incredible ocean vistas from Arthurs Seat at one end and spectacular views over the geological formations of Pulpit Rock and Devils Desk at Cape Schanck, you will ask yourself why you didn’t do it sooner.
The Coastal walk – Starting where the Two Bays trail finishes up, the Coastal walk on the southern side of the Peninsula showcases spectacular scenery along the 30km track. This walk between Cape Schanck and the Point Nepean National Park allows you to link up with the Point Nepean walk. Like the Two Bays trail, the Coastal walk encompasses many smaller sections that can be completed separately. From the rugged rocky ocean coast at Cape Schanck to the famous sandy surf beaches at Rye and Sorrento, this trail allows you to get among what you saw from a distance on the Two Bays trail. Take in the views of Bass Strait, marvel at the beauty of the London Bridge and enjoy the heritage of the Coppins trail, which winds its way across cliff tops to Diamond Bay, including sections of an original 1800s limestone-paved footpath.
Point Nepean walk – This is a well-known gem, yet it remains a must-do. With Bass Strait on one side and Port Philip Bay on the other, the two to four-hour Point Nepean coastal walk is a great way to explore the very tip of the Peninsula, allowing you to take in the history of the area, the rugged bush and the stunning ocean views. Cheviot Hill, Point Nepean Park’s highest point, overlooks Cheviot Beach, which beyond the spectacular view provides interest for history buffs (or conspiracy lovers) as the site of former prime minister Harold Holt’s disappearance in 1967. Along the walk you can also take in historic wartime relics and forts from World Wars I and II, exploring some of the tunnels and gun ramparts that add to the breathtaking views and making it a great spot for a walk after lunch.
So lace up your runners and pack your bag this weekend and get exploring. Don’t forget to join the NAC tribe on your next adventure and explore with a social conscience by wearing NAC gear. Check it out at www.nomadic.org.au and learn more about these great walks at www.nomadic.org.au/blog