Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)


Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Only a short walk from the Gunners Cottage Carpark, head to Observatory Point for a scenic Picnic. Take in the vistas over Port Phillip Bay, back towards Melbourne and across the length of the Point Nepean.

How to get there

Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Need to know

Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • Boating zones apply
  • Management vehicle only
  • No camping
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No fires permitted
  • No fishing
  • No firearms allowed
  • No generators
  • No swimming
  • No vehicles
  • No horses


  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.

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.

COVID-19 closures at Point Nepean

In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, Parks Victoria has closed the following areas at Point Nepean National Park until further notice: Fort Nepean, including underground tunnels (no access beyond Fort Pearce), Gunners Cottage (car park open) and all buildings in the Quarantine Station, including the Visitor Information Centre, Shepherd’s Hut, Hospital 3 and Cook House; and bike hire and ice-cream sales are not available. For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

The Bend Steps closed

Access to The Bend steps, including access to the Bay Beach Walk from this location, will be closed until further notice due to severe erosion. Beach access is available at Observatory Point and the Quarantine Station only.

Building and structure closures due to works

The Disinfecting Complex (Boiler House and Foul Luggage Store) is closed until mid August due to building conservation works. 
Works to improve the day visitor facilities adjacent to the Quarantine Station Car Park will be carried out in June and July.  Access to these facilities may be restricted during this time.  Alternate picnic facilities are available at the Parade Ground or Gunners Cottage.

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