With its spectacular natural landscapes and fascinating historic buildings, Point Nepean National Park is a place that makes an immediate impression on anyone who visits. It is truly one of Victoria’s beautiful scenic attractions.
The park is located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula and has some of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the rugged Bass Strait coastline, The Rip and Port Phillip.
The entrance to Port Phillip was the most heavily fortified port of the British Empire and was known as the ‘Gibraltar of the South’. Visitors will enjoy discovering Point Nepean’s remarkable history through exploring Fort Nepean’s extensive network of forts, gun emplacements and tunnels.
The Quarantine Station, established in 1852, is another ‘must do’. Here visitors will find many historic buildings used for quarantine for nearly 130 years, including hospitals, a disinfecting complex, a morgue, cemetery and much more to explore.
To best plan your visit, head towards the Quarantine Station first. The Information Centre staff will direct you to linked walking trails, an all-weather shuttle bus service, self-guided and audio tour options, and the extensive network of tracks to cycle, with bike and tag-along attachments for children and helmets available for hire.
Point Nepean National Park is located at the end of Point Nepean Rd, Portsea, and park entry is free. For more information, visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 19 63.