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

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

South Channel Fort is a unique and highly significant 19th Century artificial island. Built during the 1880s, it is part of the strategic defence network of Port Phillip. The island contains gun emplacements, a labyrinth of underground passages and magnificent panoramic views over Port Phillip. It is also a breeding site for the White faced Storm-Petrel and other important birdlife.

South Channel Fort can only be accessed by boat. Once on the island visitors can take a walking tour around the island and learn about the important heritage of the site.

Visitors can access the underground keep of South Channel Fort through a Licenced Tour Operator only.

How to get there

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

Need to know

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

Warnings & Restrictions

Dogs

Dogs are not allowed

Restrictions

  • No fires permitted
  • No camping
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • Restricted opening hours
  • Boating zones apply

Warnings

  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • Animals and pests
    • Stingers
    • Sharks

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.

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

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.  

Coastal pathway to Engine House precinct - limited access

Access along one section of the coastal path to the Engine House precinct has been realigned and the walkway is narrow.  All abilities access may be limited along this narrow section.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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