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Engine house

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Location: Fort Nepean

Barrels - Fort Nepean

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Location: Fort Nepean

Battery observation Fort Nepean

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Location: Fort Nepean

Tunnels at Fort Nepean

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Location: Fort Nepean

Gun emplacement 6 South

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Location: Fort Nepean

Old Cemetery Beach

3 weeks ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Quarantine Station

Beach wheelchair at Point Nepean National Park

7 months ago from Parks Victoria

Location: All-terrain wheelchair

Beautiful clear water

8 months ago from Jaci LeesParks Victoria

Location: South Channel Fort

Blue bottle on pier

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Location: South Channel Fort

Pier

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Location: South Channel Fort

Original Retractable Gun

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Location: South Channel Fort

South Channel Fort

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Location: South Channel Fort

Fort tunnels

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Location: South Channel Fort

Top of retractable gun bunker

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Location: South Channel Fort

Top of retractable gun chamber

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Location: South Channel Fort

Disturbing the Seagulls

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Location: South Channel Fort

South Channel Fort

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Location: South Channel Fort

Old Boiler

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Location: South Channel Fort

Seagull Nest

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Location: South Channel Fort

Old

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Location: South Channel Fort

South Channel Fort Barracks

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Location: South Channel Fort

South Channel Fort Pier

8 months ago from Jaci LeesParks Victoria

Location: South Channel Fort

Dutch tall ship Europa sails out of Port Phillip Heads

10 months ago from Phil Skeggs

Location: Point Nepean National Park

Former army observation post at Cheviot Beach

10 months ago from Phil Skeggs

Location: Point Nepean National Park

Dead tree washed up on The Bend

10 months ago from Phil Skeggs

Location: Point Nepean National Park

The Port Phillip Bay heads, from Point Nepean.

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Gun Emplacement 6 - the site of the First Shot, British Empire WWI c1914

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Culture and heritage

Gun Emplacement 6, Fort Nepean

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Culture and heritage

The First Shot gun crew

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Location: Culture and heritage

Gun Emplacement 6 and magazine entrance

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Culture and heritage

Assembling the gun, Emplacement 5

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Culture and heritage

Family walking - Walter Pisterman Track

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Walking and cycling

Point Nepean

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Preserving the Point - Naturewise

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Preserving the Point - Naturewise

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Preserving the Point - Naturewise

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

The Bend

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Ancient Barracks

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Gun Shelter

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

Outside of Fort Nepean

2 years ago from Wayne

Location: Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean Shuttle

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Location: Shuttle service

Monash Light Tower

2 years ago from Nick Sambrooks

Location: Walking and cycling

Point Nepean Cemetery

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Gunners Cottage

South Channel Fort and jetty

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: South Channel Fort

South Channel Fort

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Location: South Channel Fort

Quarantine Station

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Location: Quarantine Station

Point Nepean

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Location: Point Nepean National Park

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Location: Accessibility

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Change of conditions

  • 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
    Monday 18 May, 2015 |
  • Wheelchair access is limited at Observatory Point beach access due to steps. at Point Nepean National Park
    Thursday 11 December, 2014 |
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Sight-seeing

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.

Opening hours

  • The park is open every day.
  • Vehicle access to park is available from 8am - 5pm daily.
  • 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).

The First Shot Commemoration

On Tuesday 5 August 2014 a remarkable and defining moment in our nation’s history was commemorated at Point Nepean; the firing of the first shot in the British Empire in World War I one hundred years on. Coinciding with this anniversary, State Government, through Parks Victoria and Veterans’ Affairs, has completed the first stage of a $350,000 visitor improvement program to ensure the stories around Point Nepean’s military history are preserved and shared with the community. 

Visit the First Shot Commemoration page for further information.

Schools Excursions 

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.

Schools should make contact with the local park office prior to any visit by calling the Point Nepean Information Centre on (03) 5984 6014. The park office will be able to discuss suitable areas in the park for your intended activity as well as provide information to assist with planning.

Schools should complete a Trip Intention form and submit to the park, as well as prepare their own Pre Risk Assessment Plan

To book a shuttle bus to access Fort Nepean, contact Ventura Buslines on (03) 5986 5666. To find out more about planning a school excursion to Point Nepean or other parks click here.

Events

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 continuously working to enhance and expand on these opportunities and, as part of this, has completed a $13.88 million project to upgrade the core infrastructure giving improved visitor access to the historic Quarantine Station. It is anticipated that over the coming years the national park will present exciting opportunities for enhanced event use in keeping with Point Nepean’s special qualities.

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 2017.    

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, recreational events, fetes and festivals.  An event permit is generally required for all once off organised activities that involve 30 or more people.   

For further information please read Point Nepean NP General Information for holding an event or private function (up to June 2017).

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 sally.hutchinson@parks.vic.gov.au.

Park map on mobile devices

PDF maps of this park are available to download for Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. These interactive maps allow you to see an overview of visitor facilities, calculate distances, see walking tracks, and (with sufficient mobile signal) locate yourself within the park. To download these maps, you must first install the free Avenza PDF Maps application.

If you don’t have a mobile Apple device, these PDF maps are also available for download under the ‘Related publications’ section below. 

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

Popular things to do

point nepean  - quarantine station

Quarantine Station

Discover the historical precinct which has almost 50 heritage listed buildings. The Quarantine Station was established in 1852 and from…

Point Nepean Shuttle

Shuttle service

The Point Nepean Shuttle is a hop-on hop-off shuttle service transporting visitors between the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean. Visitors…

Observatory Point picnic area

Observatory Point Picnic Area

Accessibility Information The 500 metre Walter Pisterman Heritage Walk is generally accessible to the Observatory Point picnic area. Observatory Point…

audio guide

Take a self guided audio tour

Just like a 'virtual tour guide' the Point Nepean audio tours are a must for any visit to Point Nepean…

Point Nepean - Cycling

Walking and cycling

The gentle walks around Point Nepean offer the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of the park and its…

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Visitor experiences

Facilities Summary

  • Visitor centre
  • Picnic table/seat
  • Toilet
  • Gravel carpark
  • Sealed carpark
  • Hang gliding ramp

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Portsea Craft Market

29 Nov 2015 9:00am-2:00pm

Set amongst the historic Quarantine Station, wander through and soak up the exceptional atmosphere and regenerate your senses at this delightful market. There is something for everyone from old world to modern contemporary, a labyrinth of unique treasures worth discovering.

Park Statistics

Established

August 2005

Area

470ha

Contact information

Call Parks Victoria on 13 1963

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