Point Nepean Discovery Tents
The pre-pitched Discovery Tents at Point Nepean National Park are available from September to April each year (extended to 12 June 2023).
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.
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
South Channel Fort
Point Nepean shuttle service
Point Nepean Visitor Centre
How to get there
Point Nepean Discovery Tents
When you're there
Download the Point Nepean National Park Visitor Guide and map.
Need to know
Point Nepean Discovery Tents
The campground provides dedicated accessible tents (tents 1 and 5), pathways, amenities, kitchen, picnic tables and BBQs. However, the stretcher beds provided may not be suitable for all all-abilities guests. Guests can contact the Parks Victoria Bookings team to discuss specific accessibility requirements prior to booking or arrival.
Assistance dogs are welcome in Parks Victoria parks and reserves. Entry requirements apply for parks and reserves where dogs are normally prohibited, such as national parks.
Point Nepean National Park is predominantly a natural setting with remote areas of thick bushland and sections of rugged rocky ocean coastline facing Bass Strait. Please remain on formed walking tracks and shared user roads when exploring. The national park is also home to native wildlife such as wallabies, echidnas, bandicoots, birds, lizards and snakes. Whales and dolphins are sometimes seen close to shore, while seals and penguins may occasionally come out and rest on the beach. Do not approach or feed wildlife and report any distressed, injured or aggressive animals to rangers.
Swimming is not permitted along the ocean coastline or recommended from the bay beaches of Point Nepean due to large and unexpected waves, rip currents, strong winds, swift tides, drop offs and submerged obstacles. The nearest safe swimming bay side beaches are at Sorrento or Portsea townships. Ocean facing beaches within nearby Mornington Peninsula National Park are patrolled by Surf Life Savers during the summer holidays at Sorrento Back Beach and Portsea Ocean Beach – look for the recommended swimming zones between the beach flags. Always observe aquatic hazard risk signs and take note of the displayed emergency marker codes in the event of an emergency and seeking assistance.
For emergency assistance call Triple Zero (000). If there is a green emergency marker sign near you, read the code information on the marker to the operator. Point Nepean National Park is in the Central Fire District. Bushfire safety is a personal responsibility. Anyone entering parks and forests during the bushfire season needs to stay aware of forecast weather conditions. Check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at emergency.vic.gov.au, on the VicEmergency App or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226. No fires may be lit on Total Fire Ban days. On Extreme / Catastrophic Fire Danger Rating days, this park will be closed for public safety. Warnings signs may be erected, but do not expect a personal warning. Check the latest conditions at parks.vic.gov.au or by calling 13 1963.
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.
South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park, Local Port of Port Phillip)
South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park) - Tunnels closedThe 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
Beach access at The BendBeach access from the Bay Beach Walk at The Bend, within Point Nepean National Park, is affected by storm damage.