South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)


South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)

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)

Need to know

South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


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


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
    • Slippery surface
  • 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.

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

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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