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
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- 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
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 Victoria’s defences from the 1880s until 1945. It was the largest and most heavily armed installation in the network of fortifications around the entrance to Port Phillip, and today remains an outstanding example of the evolution of gun technology and Australia’s early defence strategies. The first shot of the British Empire in WWI and the first Australian shots of World War ll were fired from Fort Nepean, earning its entry in military history. These battlements were modified and used right up until the end of World War II.
There’s lots to see, so allow at least one hour to discover what makes Fort Nepean so unique. Above and below ground you will find gun emplacements, barracks tunnels, ammunition magazines, and engine house and even a bomb-proof room.
Fort Nepean audio tour
Download and listen to the 5 chapters about Fort Nepean which was part of the heavily protected entrance to Port Phillip Bay.
Wander around the tunnels and gun emplacements and learn about all the fascinating stories. There is 11 minutes of listening time.