Point Nepean Campground project

Project status

 Timeline graphic for the Point Nepean campground project. Stage 1 campground complete and open in late 2022 - complete. Stage 2 campground planning and assessments in mid 2023 - complete. Stage 2 campground construction procurement in late 2023 - complete. Stage 2 campground works start - summer 2023/2024.

The project timeline is subject to on-ground and construction industry conditions, and environmental and cultural heritage assessments and permits. It will be updated as the project progresses.

  • Stage 1 of the campground is complete
  • Demolition works to prepare for construction of stage 2 of the campground are expected to start this month.
  • Parks Victoria has appointed ACE Landscape Services Pty Ltd to construct the stage 2 campground.
     

Last updated: February 2024


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The project

This project is being delivered on Bunurong Country.

Point Nepean National Park is one of Victoria’s most important natural, cultural and historical places, and a popular visitor destination for hundreds-of-thousands of visitors each year. It is a significant place for Traditional Owners of the lands, the Bunurong people, and for the protection of a range of native plants and animals. The Quarantine Station and Forts have played a significant role in the history of Victoria’s early immigration and defence.

In 2018, following community consultation, a master plan for the park (PDF) was released with an aim to protect its unique and special qualities, and ensure that its complex stories as a cultural landscape are valued and expressed.

As part of the master plan implementation, in 2018 Parks Victoria upgraded Defence Road, providing improved visitor safety and enabling bicycle access to Fort Nepean. In 2020, new visitor facilities were added at the Quarantine Station including seating, picnic and barbecue facilities with shelters and a drinking fountain.

Parks Victoria is now progressing two more initiatives, including a storytelling and interpretation project, and the development of a low-impact campground at the Quarantine Station.

Campground Stage 1 – Coastal campground

Stage 1 of the Point Nepean National Park campground project was completed in 2022, with 33 bookable tent platforms constructed near the foreshore in the Quarantine Station precinct. The pre-pitched  ‘Discovery Tents’ feature two-person and four-person sites, as well as sites that are accessible with assistance. 

The area also features the heritage Isolation Ward building, which has been refurbished and converted into a camping amenities building to provide the comforts needed for a great overnight stay. Visitors can enjoy hot showers, toilets, and a camp kitchenette equipped with crockery and cutlery, along with an outdoor dining area and barbecues.

Campground Stage 2 – Woodland campground

Planning for Stage 2 of the campground project is now underway. This stage of the project aims to deliver more tent platforms nestled among the park’s magical Moonah trees, south of the heritage Hospital Buildings 5 and nearby the recently constructed bathroom, kitchen and picnic facilities.   

Project benefits

Visitors and community

The campground is creating a unique opportunity for people to extend their visit to one of Victoria’s most beautiful and significant national parks, strengthening their support for its conservation. The pre-pitched tents make the camping low-impact to the surrounding environment, and more accessible for people with limited camping experience.

With annual visitation to the national park increasing significantly, the implementation of the master plan includes repairs, upgrades and other improvements to provide more opportunities for the community to experience this special space and learn about its rich history.

Environment

The use of low-impact tent platforms will reduce the disturbance of the ground and surrounding vegetation in the park. Stage 2 of the campground will clear existing weeds and invasive plant species, and the campground layout will be carefully planned to ensure the much-loved Moonah trees are protected. 

With annual visitation to the national park increasing significantly, the implementation of the master plan includes repairs, upgrades and other improvements to ensure the health of the park is managed.

 

Project funding

The Victorian Government has provided $6.4 million to create the new campground and deliver the storytelling and interpretation project, including funding from the $106.6 million Victoria’s Great Outdoors program, via the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) and also from the Regional Tourism Investment Fund - Stimulus Round, via the Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions (DJSIR).

  

Environment and cultural heritage management

Cultural heritage, Heritage Victoria and flora and fauna assessments will be undertaken for each stage of this project, to ensure that Aboriginal cultural heritage, non-Aboriginal cultural heritage and plants and wildlife will be managed appropriately. 

  

Who are we working with?

To deliver Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the new campground at Point Nepean, we are working with:

  • Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) 
  • Department of Jobs, Skills, Industries and Regions (DJSIR) 
  • Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation 
  • Heritage Victoria 
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Point Nepean National Park Advisory Group

The Point Nepean National Park Master Plan was informed by community consultation undertaken during 2017, and we’re continuing to talk with the community about projects in the park, including through the Point Nepean National Park Advisory Group.

  

Access changes

Following completion of the stage 1 campground area, we don’t expect there to be many further access impacts as part of the campground development. If and when there are access restrictions, we’ll update this page and on-site signage to inform visitors of any access changes that come into effect. 

Before visiting you should also check the Point Nepean National Park page on the Parks Victoria website for any change of conditions. 

  

Staying updated

Subscribe for updates, check this page or reach out to the team at engage@parks.vic.gov.au.

  

Related information 

  

FAQs

Why are these projects being delivered?

The Point Nepean National Park Master Plan was developed in consultation with the community and released in 2018. It sets out initiatives that aim to protect the park’s unique values and ensure that its complex stories as a cultural landscape are celebrated and expressed.

The campground is creating a unique opportunity for people to extend their visit to one of Victoria’s most beautiful and significant national parks, which is helping visitors to immerse themselves in the rich heritage and values of the park, in-turn strengthening their support for its conservation.

What will the campground and facilities be like?

The layout and design of both Stage 1 and 2 of the new campground will ensure a low-impact presence; with the tent layout planned carefully to reduce impact to native vegetation, and a dedicated facilities area to maintain the health and amenity of the park. The facilities include toilets, showers, a camp kitchenette and an adjoining outdoor barbecue area.

When will the campground be ready for visitors?

Stage 1 of the new campground has been completed and is now open. It is known as the Point Nepean Discovery Tents. The second stage, which involves adding additional tent pads and some visitor facilities, will be built from summer 2023-24 and opening to the public in 2024.

How can I book to stay in one of the Point Nepean Discovery Tents?

The pre-pitched Discovery Tents at Point Nepean National Park are available from September to April each year. You can book your stay at the Parks Victoria website.

How can I find out more about projects at Point Nepean National Park?

You can subscribe for updates here, call our customer service team on 13 1963 or email the project team at engage@parks.vic.gov.au. We’ll also keep the Point Nepean Projects webpage updated as the projects progress.  

 

 

 


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