Opportunity launches for Point Nepean National Park
Monday 1 April, 2019
Expressions of interest for visitor shuttle transport service open
Parks Victoria is today seeking expressions of interest (EOI) to operate the hop on hop off sustainable visitor shuttle service within Point Nepean National Park.
By providing an exclusive shuttle service at Point Nepean National Park, the successful proponent will connect multiple attractions and experiences and help expand visitor accessibility across the park.
Operating between the park entrance, Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean, the shuttle will have exclusive vehicle access past Gunners Cottage making this shuttle service key to accessing the furthermost point of the park for those not walking or cycling.
Just over an hour from Melbourne’s CBD, Point Nepean National Park welcomes around 500,000 visitors annually, with more than 25,000 utilising the shuttle each year.
A permit term of three years is available and includes:
- Exclusive vehicle access beyond Gunners Cottage public carpark to Fort Nepean
- Opportunities to provide services for major events and other activities within the park
- Exclusive vehicle access for all group bookings to Fort Nepean
- Opportunity to partner with other Point Nepean National Park and regional services and experiences
Currently, there are more than thirty activity providers licenced to conduct guided tours in the park offering activities such as heritage tours, bushwalking and bike riding.
The Point Nepean Master Plan identified the opportunity to provide a sustainable shuttle transport service that would expand visitor experiences and enrich understanding of the park’s recreational and environmental significance.
The EOI opens today and will close at 4pm 17 May 2019. Find out further information on the EOI page.
About Point Nepean National Park
Nestled at the western tip of the Mornington Peninsula around 100km from Melbourne, the 560 hectares of Point Nepean National Park stretch from Portsea to Fort Nepean. The park hosts some of the earliest European settlement in Victoria, and Traditional Owner occupation stretches back more than 35,000 years.
Point Nepean National Park is host to significant biodiversity, with large tracts of intact bushland representing some of the last remnant coastal vegetation in the region. The park is also home to ecologically significant and diverse native fauna populations.
Quotes attributable to Kris Rowe, Area Chief Ranger, Point Nepean National Park
“Point Nepean National Park is one of Victoria’s most historically unique and picturesque landscapes, with visitation expected to grow as the Master Plan is implemented”.
“The successful proponent should mirror Parks Victoria’s values in delivering world class visitor experiences as well as meeting environmental and cultural standards.”