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Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean Road, Portsea, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Point Nepean really is one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. With so much to see and discover, its rich history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park has 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. Visitors can park at the Quarantine Station or alternatively park at Gunners Cottage and walk or cycle the 2.6 kilometers to Fort Nepean. Bikes can be hired from the Point Nepean Information Centre. An all-terrain beach wheelchair can be borrowed for free and booked by contacting the Information Centre. A hop on hop off shuttle operates from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily between Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean (tickets can be purchased from the shuttle bus). 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).
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Point Nepean Road, Portsea, Victoria, Australia
+61 13 19 63
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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an amazing place to look around. We learnt a lot about what this area has been used for over the years and just enjoyed the beautiful surrounds. Fascinating

Thank Denise P
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great place to learn about quarantines in Victoria and what happened at the Point Nepean parklands in the past. Everything here has been kept clean and tidy and you can walk into a lot of the buildings to explore the history of...More

Thank Margaret H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Disappointing when you do two shorts walks only to discover that the beach is closed and the lookout is closed. Surely a note at the start of the walking tracks would not have been too much to expect.

Thank 3littlemonkeys973
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't know what to expect as it's winter, even so the weather was kind and the tree lined paths kept the wind off. A walk to Observatory Point, we were lucky enough to see the Humpback whales in the bay. A good reason to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fascinating history of early Victorian settlement, the Quarantine Station for the debugging of settlers arriving by ship and the military forts of the late 1880's and early 1900's.including the August 5th first gun firing of WW1 by the Brittish. Many structures of the Quarantine Station...More

Thank Grant T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding views of Bass Straight, the Rip and Phillip Island. If you want to exercise, there are tons of tracks, some easy; some short and for the more adventurous, long and difficult. Yes and uphill! But you can choose your level. If you want to...More

Thank Ivana2656
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The only downside was we did not have enough time to explore fully this fascinating place. The upside is that we can revisit. Seeing the buildings that remain has a real feeling of the past. Then of course there is the landscape, where Victoria narrows...More

Thank Kewy2014
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Worth going to visit if you like to learn about a brief history of Australia. I personally loved to walk though it is not very easy but in the cold weather, it was worth it! Should go and visit, many sites to take picture too....More

Thank Dgoh359
Reviewed 12 June 2017

There are many walks with access to many of the old forts and barracks on this old defence site. There is a shuttle bus that runs during the day or you can cycle. Some areas are not accessible to all and is walking a moderate...More

Thank toby3431
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

Information pamphlets were very helpful. And the walk and fort extremely interesting. Our 7yo daughter enjoyed the walk and all the tunnels and gun placement stations. Great views across to point Lonsdale.

Thank Karen J
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Sundeep G
23 January 2017|
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Response from ParksVictoria | Property representative |
Hi Sundeep G, Visitors can park at the Quarantine Station and begin their park discovery from here. Alternatively visitors can park at Gunners Cottage and walk or cycle the 2.6 kilometres to Fort Nepean. Bikes can be... More
16 May 2015|
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Response from fran g | Reviewed this property |
Yes its steep to the point of the peninsula. We used the bus and hoped on and off at the different stops to explore. One fare covers the day. Good value.