Point Nepean National Park
Change of conditionsAdd change of condition
- The Forts at Point Nepean are closed until further notice due to lighting faults. at Fort Nepean, Tuesday 22 May, 2018
- From 28 May 2018, a 3.6km section of Defence Road will be closed for up to nine weeks for road upgrade works. During this time, there will be no access to the following areas: Gunners Cottage Carpark, Fort Nepean, Fort Pearce, the Harold Holt Memorial, Cheviot Hill, the Range Area, Point Nepean Cemetery, Walter Pisterman Walking Track, and the western section of Coles Track from Observatory Point to Cheviot Hill. The Point Nepean Shuttle Bus will not be operating during this time. More information: detour and closure map, FAQ sheet at Fort Nepean, Tuesday 22 May, 2018
- Access to The Bend steps, including access to the Bay Beach Walk from this location, will be closed until further notice due to severe erosion. Beach access is available at Observatory Point and the Quarantine Station only. at Point Nepean National Park, Thursday 17 May, 2018
- The Point Nepean Shuttle Bus will not operate on Friday 25 May 2018 due to the Melbourne Coastrek event. The service will resume as normal the following day. at Point Nepean National Park, Wednesday 16 May, 2018
- Established:August 2005
Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover.
It has a rich history and played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria.
The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, with outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay.
Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds.
- The park is open every day.
- Vehicle access to park is available from 8am - 5pm daily (extended to 6pm from 26 December to end of Daylight Savings).
- The park is accessible at all times by foot or bicycle.
- The Information Centre is open 10am - 5pm daily (closed Christmas Day). Note: there is no information officer on duty between 1.00pm and 1.30pm.
How to get there
Point Nepean is located 90km from Melbourne. In addition to car access, public transport options include a train service from Melbourne to Frankston followed by a bus to Portsea.
From the other side of Port Phillip Bay, the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry operates on the hour from 7am to 6pm (with extended summer hours).
Point Nepean is a popular place for school excursions. It offers a unique learning experience on a diverse range of subject themes such as heritage and culture, geography, science, park management, marine ecology, nature and much more.
Self-guided school excursions can be found on the Teacher Portal . For more information about the park and planning your excursion, contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963 or email email@example.com
To book a shuttle bus to access Fort Nepean, contact Ventura Buslines on (03) 5986 5666.
Point Nepean National Park is a picturesque location and an ideal venue for a range of events and activities. Events provide the opportunity for added visitor experiences and increased awareness of the park. Parks Victoria is now accepting applications from suitable individuals and organisations, including those which support charitable organisations, to hold events at Point Nepean up to 30 June 2019. Examples of events deemed appropriate for the park include: weddings ceremonies and receptions; private functions; conferences and seminars; meetings; launches, picnics and reunions, training sessions, car rallies, fun runs and other recreational events, fetes and festivals. An event permit is generally required for all once off organised activities that involve 30 or more people and involve some level of infrastructure and commercial suppliers.
For further information please read Point Nepean National Park Event Prospectus (up to June 2019).
To make an application please complete the Event Application – Parks and Reserves form.
Commercial Filming and Photography
For all enquiries regarding undertaking commercial filming and photography at Point Nepean National Park, including wedding photography only by commercial photographers, please contact Sally Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aboriginal Traditional Owners
Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters. Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria
Melbourne Coastrek is a 60km or 30km walk from Cape Schanck or Koonya Ocean Beach to Point Nepean. Taking in the stunning coastline scenery of the Mornington Peninsula, the endurance walk is aimed at raising funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation.
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