Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park


Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The history of Point Nepean spans back thousands of years to the Bunurong people and it has also played an important role in shaping the early European settlement and defence of Australia, being used to quarantine people arriving in Victoria, defending the colony and for military training.

Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape and and enjoy panoramic ocean and bay views.

Explore military forts and tunnels, learn about the people who passed through the Quarantine Station - and see fascinating artefacts spanning back over 150 years. View the site and memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing while swimming at the nearby Cheviot Beach.

As beaches and coasts are natural environments, you may encounter hazards. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Point Nepean National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean is located 110km from Melbourne CBD. Visitors can catch a train from Melbourne to Frankston and then a bus (788) to Portsea, which stops at the park entrance. If driving, take Eastern Freeway (M3), then Mornington Peninsula Freeway (M11) onto Point Nepean Road and follow to Portsea. The Queenscliff to Sorrento passenger ferry operates on the hour from 7am to 6pm (extended hours during summer), and then is a short 10 minute drive from Sorrento to the park.

Point Nepean National Park is open daily. Vehicles can enter from 7am–5pm (6am-6pm in daylight savings) and exit at any time, the gates open automatically after hours. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter any time. The Point Nepean Information Centre is open daily, except Christmas day, 10am to 5pm. Gunners Cottage and selected buildings in the Quarantine Station are open for the public to explore from 9am – 4:30pm daily.

Boat landing is permitted in designated boat landing areas in front of the Quarantine Station only.

Access from the shore to ocean beaches and marine national parks is prohibited due to conservation efforts and for safety reasons.

Swimming at the bay beach and the Quarantine Station is permitted. However be aware of strong currents and rips.

When to go

Point Nepean National Park is a hive of activity from November to April. Join in the fun with events such as craft markets, Portsea Swim Classic, Portsea Twilight, Portsea Polo, Barefoot Cinema and Portsea Running Festival.

Need to know

Point Nepean National Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Fort Nepean (Point Nepean National Park)

    Coastal path to Engine House Closed

    The coastal path to the Engine House precinct at Fort Nepean is currently closed due to safety concerns from instability.

    Gun Emplacements 5 and 6, Engine House and Battery Observation Posts closed at Fort Nepean

    The Fort Nepean precinct is open, however Gun Emplacements 5 and 6, Engine House and Battery Observation Posts at Fort Nepean are closed due to safety concerns arising from recent engineering inspections. Further technical assessments and remediation investigations are being undertaken.

  • South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park, Local Port of Port Phillip)

    South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park) - Tunnels closed

    The South Channel Fort and Jetty remains open to public access. However, all access into the sub terrain tunnels/ keep (via Licensed Tour Operators) is currently restricted due to safety concerns.  Further engineering/ technical assessments will be undertaken.

Point Nepean National Park

3880 Point Nepean Rd
Portsea VIC 3944
13 1963
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