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Fun for the family at Point Nepean

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Point Nepean National Park is located at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, and historically its views of the Bass Strait and Port Phillip made it strategically significant for Australia’s defence.

Locals say the park’s views rival those along the Great Ocean Road, especially those at the southern end of the park which are particularly breathtaking. On one side there's the ocean beach, while on the other side is Port Phillip. If you look straight ahead you can see Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale, and beyond that, Barwon Heads. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Lorne and Apollo Bay. You can sit and watch the container ships being guided into the harbour. It’s a really beautiful place to watch the world go by and visitors won’t be disappointed. 

The park has a family-friendly nature, with its shared trails for cyclists, walkers and children on training bikes. The extensive range of trails pass through native grasslands, Coastal Moonah woodland, Dune Scrub and Banksia stands and there's not a traffic light in sight. If you don’t want to bring your own bike, you can hire one from the Information Centre.

There’s so much to see and do in the park. There are many guided activities available including canoeing and kayaking, snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding. If walking or cycling is off-limits, there’s a hop-on, hop-off shuttle service transporting visitors between the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean.

Visitors can also hire an audio guide from the Visitor Information Centre to learn more about the park’s history or download it here.

Point Nepean National Park is located in Portsea around 90km from Melbourne. Entry is via Point Nepean Road.