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Port Phillip's piers, jetties, islands and marine reserves have a rich history of settlement, recreation, fishing and defence for Victoria. Shipwrecks date from the early days of settlement and development. Long before the network of roads grew around the perimeter, people traversed Port Phillip by steam and sail. Port Phillip's piers and jetties, many of which have been extended and rebuilt since their construction in the 1860s to 1890s, have been integral for travel and trade. Piers, such as those at Queenscliff and Portarlington, were used by paddle steamers in the days of early recreation. The piers were also used to transport a range of materials, including timber and lime, from the Mornington Peninsula to Melbourne.

Fort Nepean

Located at the very end of the peninsula, Fort Nepean enables you to step into the boots of the soldiers once posted there. Fort Nepean was a critical part of…

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