Point Nepean National Park
Point Nepean is truly one of Victoria’s beautiful natural landscapes. A special place 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 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. Visitors can explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing and enjoy the coastal native trees and grasses which are ideal habitat for many native Australian wildlife.
Things to Do
Explore the historic Quarantine Station/ former Officer Cadet School that has been essentially closed to the public for the last 150 years. Visitors can take a self guided walk and walk through the Boiler House. Quarantine Station photo gallery
Point Nepean Cemetery and Observatory Point
Visit the Point Nepean Cemetery or walk to the remnants of the former quarantine cattle jetty.
There is also a picnic area.
Cheviot Hill contains World War II fortifications and overlooks Cheviot Beach the site of where former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967.
Lookouts from the fortifications with stunning views of Bass Strait. Explore Pearce Barracks and see the site of Australia's largest Disappearing Gun at Eagles Nest.
A series of military fortifications dating back to the 1880s with stunning views of Port Phillip Bay and Bass Strait. Explore the gun emplacements where the first shots were fired in World War I and the first allied shots in World War II.
Guided Tours of the Quarantine Station
Ranger-led guided tours of the Quarantine Station occur daily at 11.45am. Tours take 45 minutes and are free with admission to the park.
Guided tours meet at the Quarantine Station transporter stop. To reach the Quarantine Station in time for the tour please note the following:
- The transporter leaves the Visitor Centre at 11.30am .
- The transporter leaves from Fort Nepean (terminus) at 11.00am.
- To walk, allow 20 minutes from the Visitor Centre to the Quarantine Station (1.5 km).
Cycling at Point Nepean
Point Nepean has a number of shared walking paths for cyclists which include:
- Defence Road between the Visitor Centre and Fort Pearce
- The Quarantine Station can be explored by bike
- Coles Track from the Quarantine Station to Cheviot Hill
- Self guided tours
- Interpretative displays
- Transporter service (The Point Explorer)
- Bike Hire
- BBQ and picnic facilities