Point Nepean Discovery Tents

Located within the historic Quarantine Station precinct, the pre-pitched Discovery Tents offer a unique opportunity to camp under canvas within the idyllic coastal Point Nepean National Park.
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The pre-pitched Discovery Tents at Point Nepean National Park are available from September to April each year.

The standing‐height tents are fixed to timber platforms and include basic camp furniture. The campground area features two and four person sites, as well as amenities including hot showers, toilets, and a fully equipped camp kitchen with an outdoor dining area and BBQ’s.

Tents are fitted out with stretcher beds, mattresses and some basic storage for personal belongings. Guests are required to bring their own pillows, linen/sleeping bag, chairs, torch, toiletries and personal items.

All guests have access to a camp kitchen fitted with a stove, fridge, toaster, kettle, microwave, pots, pans and cooking utensils with preparation benches and washing up sinks. There is also an outdoor barbeque and dining area perfect to prepare your favourite meal and relax after a day of national park adventures. Consistent with an authentic camping experience, guests are encouraged to bring their own crockery and eating utensils.

Campervans, caravans, camper trailers, vehicle rooftop tents and BYO tents are not permitted in the national park. Nearby bayside foreshore reserves and towns host a wide range of caravan, camping and roofed accommodation options. 

Cycling is a great way to explore the many historic sights at Point Nepean National Park. Visitors can bring their own bikes or hire them (including e-bikes) from the Quarantine Station Visitor Information Area. Cycling is permitted in the Quarantine Station Area, along Defence Road to Fort Nepean and along Coles Track which is a shared path with walkers. Helmets must be worn and a lock is recommended when leaving your bike.

Special events

Over the warmer months, Point Nepean National Park is a popular location for weekend events including community and fundraising events, craft markets and weddings. These events can attract a high number of visitors and whilst event organisers agree to comply with noise restrictions, it may impact the camping experience in the park. Please be aware of this when you make a weekend booking at Point Nepean Discovery Tents.

Things To Do

Quarantine Station

Point Nepean Quarantine Station offers a glimpse into the early European history of Victoria. Established in 1852, explore nearly 50 heritage-listed buildings. Learn about life at this once-remote location and the station's critical role in protecting Australia from introduced diseases.
South Channel Fort in Port Philip part of the Point Nepean National Park.

South Channel Fort

The South Channel Fort is a reminder of Port Phillip Bay's early history as part of the defence lines for Melbourne. The artificial island was constructed in the 1880s to illuminate the channel at night and electronically explode mines under attacking ships coming through the Heads.
A view of the bunker and canons overlooking Bass Straight at Fort Nepean.

Fort Nepean

Fort Nepean is one of the fortifications that protected Melbourne during World War I and II. Located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula, where the calm waters of Port Phillip meet the wild waves of the Southern Ocean, explore the extensive tunnel complex which connects the historic gun emplacements.
Wide shot of a bus on a road surrounded by nature

Point Nepean shuttle service

The Point Nepean Shuttle is a hop-on hop-off shuttle service transporting visitors between the front entrance, Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean.
A retired couple walk with a ranger through the quarantine station at Point Nepean.

Point Nepean Visitor Centre

Drop into the Visitor Centre to hire a bike, gather information and get tips on what to do in the park.

How to get there

Point Nepean Discovery Tents

Point Nepean National Park is located 110 km from Melbourne near Portsea. Access to the Discovery Tents is through the main entrance and national park roads.

Need to know

Point Nepean Discovery Tents

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.

  • 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 - pending further engineering/ technical assessments.

  • Point Nepean National Park

    Shuttle Bus Delayed Start - October 8th

    Due to Around the Bay cycling event, the Point Nepean National Park internal shuttle bus service will not commence until 11:30am on Sunday the 8th October, 2023.

    Beach access at The Bend

    Beach access from the Bay Beach Walk at The Bend, within Point Nepean National Park, is affected by storm damage.  

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