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Point Nepean National Park

Seagrass
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Stingray
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South Channel Fort
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Senator Wrasse
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South Channel Fort
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Engine house
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Barrels - Fort Nepean
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Battery observation Fort Nepean
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Tunnels at Fort Nepean
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Gun emplacement 6 South
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Old Cemetery Beach
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Beach wheelchair at Point Nepean National Par
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Beautiful clear water
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Blue bottle on pier
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Pier
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Original Retractable Gun
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South Channel Fort
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Fort tunnels
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Top of retractable gun bunker
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Top of retractable gun chamber
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Disturbing the Seagulls
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South Channel Fort
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Old Boiler
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Seagull Nest
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Old
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South Channel Fort Barracks
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South Channel Fort Pier
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Dutch tall ship Europa sails out of Port Phil
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Former army observation post at Cheviot Beach
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Dead tree washed up on The Bend
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The Port Phillip Bay heads, from Point Nepean
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Gun Emplacement 6 - the site of the First Sho
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Gun Emplacement 6, Fort Nepean
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The First Shot gun crew
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Gun Emplacement 6 and magazine entrance
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Assembling the gun, Emplacement 5
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Family walking - Walter Pisterman Track
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Point Nepean
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Point Nepean
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Preserving the Point - Naturewise
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Preserving the Point - Naturewise
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Preserving the Point - Naturewise
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The Bend
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Ancient Barracks
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Gun Shelter
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Outside of Fort Nepean
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Point Nepean Shuttle
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Monash Light Tower
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Point Nepean Cemetery
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South Channel Fort and jetty
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South Channel Fort
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Quarantine Station
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Point Nepean
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Change of conditions

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  • 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, Wednesday 29 March, 2017

Park Statistics

  • Established:August 2005
  • Area:470ha
Cycling
Medium walk / Day walk
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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.

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 education@parks.vic.gov.au

To book a shuttle bus to access Fort Nepean, contact Ventura Buslines on (03) 5986 5666.

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 2018.

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 National Park Event Prospectus (up to June 2018).

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

What's on

  • Barefoot Cinema

    This unique outdoor cinema is returning for another season and will be held over several nights set amongst the picturesque grounds adjacent to the historic Commanding Officer’s House. Offering stunning views over Port Phillip and Portsea, delicious food and great movies to enjoy in a relaxed and intimate open air…

  • Portsea Twilight Fun Run

    A 4km or 8km twilight fun run /walk from the Quarantine Station to Fort Nepean return along Defence Road, Coles Track and trails. Suitable for all ages.

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Popular things to do

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

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

  • 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…

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Visitor experiences