Bike Riding on the Mornington Peninsula
Experience the unique historic Point Nepean National Park from your bike in a fun, engaging & healthy way. Located at the end of Point Nepean Road, where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula ends. Point Nepean’s rich history has had a significant impact on Victoria and Australia in terms of immigration, quarantine and defence. You can either rent a bike, click here for bike rental prices, or book on one of our guided tours, more information below.
Your tour begins at Point Nepean National Park. The cycling tracks are well maintained and the terrain is generally smooth making it the ideal tour for all cyclists aged 8 and above of a reasonable level of confidence, fitness and ability.
Within the park you’ll ride to many historic sites. Our first stop is the old Quarantine Station area – a site with buildings dating back to the mid 19th Century that was used to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, house troops during World War II and protect ethnic Albanians fleeing the Balkans conflict in the 1990’s. You’ll then move through the historic Cattle Jetty, Pearce Barracks and Eagles Nest.
Next you’ll ride out to Fort Nepean, located at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, Fort Nepean helped make Melbourne, Australia’s most well-defended city. You’ll be able to hop off your bikes and explore the vast tunnels of the fortress that were used during the first and second World Wars. Not to mention the breathtaking lookout points where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay.
Then after some light refreshments – you’ll hop back on the bikes to head home via Cheviot Hill, the mysterious beach where then Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished in 1967.
Wildlife is also a pleasant highlight of the tour - lucky cyclists may spot Bottlenose Dolphins frolicking in the water; Australian Fur Seals playing out on rock formations, Echidnas can be spotted along Coles Track - a scenic bike path, Rosellas give the sky a dash of colour around the Quarantine station and much more.
Location : 3755 Point Nepean Road,Portsea, VIC, 3944, Australia
Duration : The tour will take about 3 hours (it may be longer, depending on group size and cycling ability). Our guides will give accurate commentary of historic sites, the natural environment and be able to lead you to the best views for photo opportunities.
Times : 9.00am and 1.00pm Daily. Tour times may vary depending on numbers and demand. If you have a preferred time for your group - then be sure to let us know. Groups bookings are tailored to your requirements as much as possible.
Inclusions : We provide you with your bicycle, helmet and refreshments. Commentary from your knowledgeable guides who will show you the best panoramic views for photo opportunities. Our guides do carry first aid, safety equipment and mobile phones. While Bayplay advises that cyclists must be aged 8 and older we can cater for younger children on private or family tours.
What to Bring/Wear? You should bring a backpack for personal items – cameras, mobile phones, sunscreen etc. A hat, sunglasses and closed heel shoes for ease of comfort are essential. You are welcome to bring along your personal bike helmet or bike if you prefer. You should definitely bring your enthusiastic sense of adventure!
Participant Conditions : Participants need to be at least 8 years and of age and of reasonable fitness/confidence level. The pace of the trip is controlled carefully so as to maximise enjoyment and minimise effort. A sense of fun and adventure is your biggest asset. Younger children can be catered for on private tours or family tours.