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Arthurs Seat State Park
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Change of Conditions
The chairlift at Arthurs Seat State Park is closed until further notice.

Rising above the Mornington Peninsula, Arthurs Seat is the most familiar of all Port Phillip Bay landscape features. It's 314 m summit, reached by road, chairlift or foot, gives spectacular views of the bay and Port Phillip Heads. On a clear day the view extends as far as the city skyline, the You Yangs and Mount Macedon.

Things to Do
  • Take the pleasant one hour circuit walk to Kings Falls.
  • Enjoy a view of the bay and city skyline from the summit.
  • Visit the delightful Seawinds Garden which contains several sculptures by William Ricketts.



Picnic tables, electric barbecues, water and toilets are provided at Seawinds and the Arthurs Seat summit.


Contact Number: 03 5987 2565

Opening Times:

8:00 - 5:00, April - October
8:00 - 8:00, November - March

Open seven days

Closed Christmas Day



Matthew Flinders was the first European to climb Arthurs Seat after his ship entered the heads while making his circumnavigation of Australia in 1802.

The first owner of Seawinds was Mr Chapman, a gardener at a nearby homestead. The garden was developed by Sir Thomas and Lady Travers in the 1940s who planned to build a house there. This ambition was never achieved and the area was declared a state park in 1975.



The park is a protected habitat for many species of birds and animals including koalas, kangaroos, ringtail and brushtail possums, honeyeaters, lorikeets and eastern rosellas.



Vegetation varies from sheoak and messmate woodland on the northern slopes to manna gum and swamp gum forests. Unfortunately some areas have been invaded by environmental weeds such as boneseed, pittosporum and Western Australian bluebell creeper. Strategies developed to deal with weed eradication have benefited from a high level of support from Friends Groups and volunteers.


Looking After the Park
  • All native plants and animals protected.
  • Take your rubbish with you.
  • Dogs, horses and other pets are not permitted in the park.
  • Firearms are not permitted in the park.
  • Camping is not allowed.
  • Mountain bikes are permitted on vehicle tracks only.
  • Fires are not permitted at any time.
  • Leave the park as you find it.


How to Get There

Access is via Mornington Peninsula Freeway to Arthurs Seat Road, Dromana. Seawinds is from Purves Road. (Melway ref: 171 D1)

There is 24 hour access to the park. Seawinds Garden is open to vehicles at 10:00 am and closes 4.30 pm weekdays and 5:00 pm weekends.


Special Needs Access
Specific information about site conditions so you can judge a site's accessiblity according to your own needs.
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The lookout and statues walks at Seawinds are a highlight of a visit to this site. The tracks are gravel and sloping in parts, but are otherwise fairly accessible. There are steps on one side of the Bay Lookout. Both lookout areas have flat grassy surfaces.


Nearby Parks
  • Collins Settlement Historic Site
  • Coolart Wetlands and Homestead
  • Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve
  • Mornington Pennisula National Park


Guided Activities
1. Birdwatching (A1)
2. Bushwalking (A2)
3. Coach/Bus Tours (J1)


Special Places
1. Seawinds

1. Seawinds Nursery Volunteers


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Park Notes / Maps
1.  Arthurs Seat State Park - Two Bays Walking Track
2.  Arthurs Seat State Park - Visitor Guide
3.  Arthurs Seat State Park - Arthurs Seat Summit

Management Plans & Strategies
1.  Arthurs Seat State Park - Summit Landscape Concept Plan (2.7mb, PDF)

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