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

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Location: Culture and heritage

Gun Emplacement 6, Fort Nepean

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Location: Culture and heritage

The First Shot gun crew

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Location: Culture and heritage

Gun Emplacement 6 and magazine entrance

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Location: Culture and heritage

Assembling the gun, Emplacement 5

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Location: Culture and heritage

Family walking - Walter Pisterman Track

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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

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Point Nepean Shuttle

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Location: Shuttle service

Monash Light Tower

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Location: Walking and cycling

Point Nepean Cemetery

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Location: Gunners Cottage

South Channel Fort and jetty

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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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Point Nepean National Par...

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Change of conditions

  • Visitors won't be able to access the Fort Nepean precinct on Wednesday 30 July 2014 due to road works. Visitors will be able to cycle, walk or catch the shuttle bus as far as Fort Pearce.  The shuttle bus may operate on a varied schedule between 10:30am – 4:00pm on this day.  Normal fees apply. There will be increased heavy vehicle traffic on Defence Road during these works. at Point Nepean National Park
    Friday 25 July, 2014 |
  • Landscaping and maintenance works will be conducted in the Fort Nepean area from late June to the end of July 2014.  Contact the Point Nepean Information Centre on (03) 5984 6014 to find out more when planning your visit. at Point Nepean National Park
    Tuesday 27 May, 2014 |
  • New interpretation displays are being installed at the western tip of the park, from Gunners Cottage to Fort Nepean, throughout July 2014. There may be limited access to interpretation signage during this time.  No tunnel closures apply. at Point Nepean National Park
    Monday 26 May, 2014 |
  • Visitor access beyond Gunners Cottage to Fort Nepean will be restricted from 8am – 12noon on Tuesday 5 August 2014 due to an event. Access to this area, along with the shuttle bus service, will resume at midday. at Point Nepean National Park
    Monday 26 May, 2014 |
  • The BBQ facilities at the entrance are out of service until further notice. No other BBQ facilities are available in the park. at Point Nepean National Park
    Tuesday 24 December, 2013 |
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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

Tuesday 5 August 2014 will mark the centenary of a remarkable and defining moment in our nation’s history: the firing of the first shot in the British Empire in World War I.  This shot was fired from Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean.   

To acknowledge the significance of this anniversary, State Government, through Parks Victoria and Veterans’ Affairs, has announced $350,000 in funding to undertake vital conservation and visitor experience improvements at Fort Nepean and surrounds.  These improvements will ensure record of this military history is not lost, and provide new ways for current and future generations to connect with this special place.

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 and Private Functions at Point Nepean

Point Nepean National Park can accommodate a range of events including wedding ceremonies and receptions, private functions, exhibitions, conferences and seminars, meetings, launches, picnics, fun runs and festivals.

Event permits are required to run a range of events in the park under the National Parks Act 1975 to ensure the protection of the environment and the rights and expectations of other users.

Applications from individuals or organisations wishing to hold events at Point Nepean National Park can be accepted up to 6 April 2015. Applications cannot be considered beyond this time due to the pending outcome of the commercial investment process that is running for the park.Your event application will be assessed with consideration to environmental impacts, risk to participants and spectators, potential impacts on other user’s, venue availability and value to tourism and recreational needs.

General information about holding an event in the park and supporting application forms:

Events at Point Nepean NP to 6 April 2015 – General Information

Point Nepean NP Event Application Form – Major Events and Private Functions

Point Nepean NP Event Application Form – Weddings and Photography

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…

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…

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…

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
  • Electric/Gas BBQ
  • Picnic table/seat
  • Toilet
  • Gravel carpark

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The First Shot Commemoration

5 Aug 2014 11:00am-5:00pm

Tuesday 5 August 2014 marks the 100 year anniversary of the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. This shot was fired from Coastal Artillery Gun Emplacement 6 at Fort Nepean on 5 August 1914 at 12:45pm, just 3 hours 45 minutes after war was declared…

Park Statistics

Established

August 2005

Area

470ha

Contact information

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