The Mornington Peninsula on the eastern side of Port Phillip Bay is almost like an island, with the ocean to the south and bays and sheltered beaches on both sides. Hills roll down to beaches, harbours and bays, with beautiful scenery on every side. It is also a delight for food, wine and golf lovers.
Cape Schanck, on the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, is part of a triangle of Bass Strait lighthouses. The other two are Cape Otway and Cape Wickham lighthouses.
The lighthouse at Cape Schanck was built in 1859 from limestone and is painted white. An unusual feature is its stone stairway, rather than the usual wrought iron. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority considers it to be the most original lighthouse under its jurisdiction.
Its apparatus, installed in 1915, is a first order Chance Brothers lens. Upgrades of the lantern were carried out in 1907, 1917 and 1940. The original clockwork mechanism is still in place, though the light is now turned by an electric motor. Renovations to the whole lighthouse were completed in the early 1980s.
Golf was first played at Cape Schanck in 1973 when Colin Campbell developed the Cape Country Club. Highly regarded American golf architect, Robert Trent Jones junior, designed the 18-hole par 70 Cape Schanck course and in November 1986 Greg Norman and Bob Shearer played the inaugural round.
The course has huge greens, large open bunkers, moonah and ti-tree-lined fairways and stunning views over Bass Strait.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort opened in 1993. Its 48 rooms and four two-bedroom suites have ocean or course views and all have balconies to make the most of the outlook. There are eight two-bedroom and four three-bedroom condominiums set in the golf course. Everything is connected to the recreation and pool areas by a boardwalk.
Other onsite facilities include tennis courts, table tennis tables, a volleyball court, heated pool and a four-kilometre jogging track.
Cape Restaurant has a breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte menu. Morning and afternoon tea is served as well. The adjoining lounge and bar is a relaxing place for a quick snack or a casual drink.
Victoria's Mornington Peninsula
Cape Schanck Golf Course fees start at $35 for RACV members and $48 for non-members.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort rooms start at $190 a night twin-share.
Prices quoted are correct at September 28, 2006.
RACV Cape Schanck Resort
Cape Schanck 3939
Ph: (03) 5950 8000 or 1800 036 155
Ph: 13 6789