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Point Nepean National Park

Echidna @ Point Nepean N.P.
from Georgie Kamaris
 
Point Nepean Eco-pod
from Anita Monticone
 
Artist impression of Eco Sleeper Pod in location
Artist impression of Eco Sleeper Pod in locat
from Stacy Giannini
 
eBike and toddler buggy combination
from Parks Victoria
 
Bike hire at Point Nepean - family fun
from Parks Victoria
 
Visitors enjoying riding the new eBikes
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Quarantine Station at Point Nepean National P
from Andrew Morrison
 
Point Nepean National Park
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Seagrass
from Victorian-Parks
 
South Channel Fort
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Senator Wrasse
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South Channel Fort
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Engine house
from Parks Victoria
 
Barrels - Fort Nepean
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Battery observation Fort Nepean
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Tunnels at Fort Nepean
from Parks Victoria
 
Gun emplacement 6 South
from Parks Victoria
 
Old Cemetery Beach
from Parks Victoria
 
Beach wheelchair at Point Nepean National Par
from Parks Victoria
 
Beautiful clear water
from Parks Victoria
 
Blue bottle on pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Pier
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Original Retractable Gun
from Parks Victoria
 
South Channel Fort
from Parks Victoria
 
Fort tunnels
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Top of retractable gun bunker
from Parks Victoria
 
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
from Parks Victoria
 
Seagull Nest
from Parks Victoria
 
Old
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South Channel Fort Barracks
from Parks Victoria
 
South Channel Fort Pier
from Parks Victoria
 
Dutch tall ship Europa sails out of Port Phil
from Phil Skeggs
 
Former army observation post at Cheviot Beach
from Phil Skeggs
 
Dead tree washed up on The Bend
from Phil Skeggs
 
The Port Phillip Bay heads, from Point Nepean
from Philip Czaplowski
 
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
from Parks Victoria
 
Family walking - Walter Pisterman Track
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Nepean
from Wayne
 
Point Nepean
from Wayne
 
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
from Wayne
 
Gun Shelter
from Wayne
 
Outside of Fort Nepean
from Wayne
 
Point Nepean Shuttle
from Parks Victoria
 
Monash Light Tower
from Nick Sambrooks
 
Point Nepean Cemetery
from Parks Victoria
 
South Channel Fort and jetty
from Parks Victoria
 
South Channel Fort
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Quarantine Station
from Parks Victoria
 
Point Nepean
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Change of conditions

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  • Fort Nepean (including tunnel access) will be closed on Monday 26 November 2018 due to asbestos removal works. There will be no public access beyond Fort Pearce, including access to Pearce Barracks, The Narrows, and Fort Nepean. The Point Nepean Shuttle Bus will operate its usual daily service, however, will turn around at Fort Pearce. at Point Nepean National Park, Monday 12 November, 2018
  • Defence Road will be closed, from Danson Drive to Fort Nepean, between Monday 19 and Friday 23 November 2018 for road works. During this period, there will be no shuttle bus service in operation; no vehicle access to the Gunners Cottage Car Park, with traffic redirected into the Quarantine Station at the Danson Drive intersection; and no pedestrian or cyclist access to Fort Nepean, Fort Pearce, Cheviot Hill, Harold Holt Memorial, Range Area, Gunners Cottage, the Cemetery or Coles Track. The Quarantine Station will remain open as usual and will not be affected by the works. at Point Nepean National Park, Monday 15 October, 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

Park Statistics

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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 (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 - 4pm 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).

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 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 sally.hutchinson@parks.vic.gov.au.

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

  • Portsea Craft Market

    Set amongst the historic buildings of the Quarantine Station, this popular market offers over 250 stalls showcasing local produce, crafts, food and entertainment. Follow the meandering path through the stalls, stopping to have a chat to the bakers, makers and growers along the way.

  • Mornington Peninsula Food and Wine Festival

    A one-day festival showcasing local food and wine produce, cooking demonstrations, tastings and sales set amongst the relaxing and historic setting of the Quarantine Station (Jarman Oval) overlooking Port Phillip accompanied by stage music

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Popular things to do

  • Fort Nepean Located at the very end of the peninsula, Fort Nepean enables you to step into the boots of the soldiers…

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