Point Nepean National Park

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Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Bunurong People. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Bunurong Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

The history of Point Nepean spans back thousands of years to the Bunurong people and it has also played an important role in shaping the early European settlement and defence of Australia, being used to quarantine people arriving in Victoria, defending the colony and for military training.

Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape and enjoy panoramic ocean and bay views. Explore military forts and tunnels, learn about the people who passed through the Quarantine Station - and see fascinating artefacts spanning back over 150 years. View the site and memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing while swimming at the nearby Cheviot Beach. Follow our water safety advice to make sure your day out at Point Nepean National Park is a safe and enjoyable one.

Extend your stay at our new Point Nepean Discovery Tents campground. Perfect to explore the National Park, the pre-pitched canvas tents offer the opportunity to stay in nature without the fuss of setting up your own camping equipment. 

Tours and adventure experiences in parks

One of the best ways you can get into nature is with a Licensed Tour Operator.

There are more than 400 Licensed Tour Operators across Victoria who are ready and waiting to help you experience and connect with Victoria’s spectacular parks and waterways.

Discover more than 60 different types of nature-based experiences including hiking, mountain biking, boating, four-wheel driving, indigenous culture tours, birdwatching, surfing, diving and so much more. 

Licensed Tour Operators know all the best places to go and will plan and prepare your visit to ensure you are safe and can enjoy your nature-based adventure to the fullest.

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How to get there

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park is located 110km south of Melbourne near Portsea. If driving, take the M1, Eastlink (M3), then Mornington Peninsula Freeway (M11) and follow the signs to Portsea and continue along Point Nepean Road. Alternatively, take the Queenscliff to Sorrento vehicle and passenger ferry (Searoad Ferries) which operates 7am to 6pm and connects with Point Nepean Road at Sorrento.

Visitors can also catch a suburban train from Melbourne to Frankston, or the Searoad ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, and then take the PTV bus to Portsea (788), which terminates at the national park entrance. An internal park shuttle bus operates from the nearby Entrance Station Picnic Area carpark (100m walk) which links with the 788 PTV bus for transfers to/from the Quarantine Station (pick-up 10:25 am & 1:30 pm, drop-off 1:00 pm & 4:15 pm, or 4:45 pm during day light saving time). For a 788 PTV timetable, refer to the Public Transport Victoria website and Searoad Ferries website for ferry times.

The Quarantine Station is 2.3 km from the Entrance Station Picnic Area carpark via the shared bicycle/walking track and cycling is a great way to discover this vast 560ha park.

Point Nepean National Park is open daily. Vehicles may enter the park between 6am-6pm (6am-8pm in daylight savings) and can exit at anytime. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter and exit the park any time. The Point Nepean Information Centre is open daily from 10am, except Christmas day. Gunners Cottage and selected buildings in the Quarantine Station are open for the public to explore from 9am – 4:30pm daily.

Boat landing is permitted in designated boat landing areas in front of the Quarantine Station only.

Access from the shore to ocean beaches and marine national parks is prohibited due to conservation efforts and for safety reasons.

Swimming at the bay beach and the Quarantine Station is permitted. However be aware of strong currents and rips.

When to go

Point Nepean National Park is a hive of activity from November to April. Join in the fun with events such as craft markets, Portsea Swim Classic, Portsea Twilight, Portsea Polo, Barefoot Cinema and Portsea Running Festival.

In the warmer months, snake sightings can be common within the park. Please be mindful of their presence and do not approach or harm snakes.

Need to know

Point Nepean National Park

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.

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

    South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park) - Tunnels closed

    The South Channel Fort and Jetty remains open to public access. However, all access into the sub terrain tunnels/ keep (via Licensed Tour Operators) is currently restricted due to safety concerns - pending further engineering/ technical assessments.

  • Fort Nepean (Point Nepean National Park)

    Closures - Fort Nepean

    Engine house walking track closed until further notice.  Access to Gun emplacements 5 & 6, Engine House, Battery Observation Posts restricted.  

  • Point Nepean Quarantine Station (Point Nepean National Park)

    Discovery Tents expansion: February – late 2024

    Works to expand the ‘Discovery Tents’ campground at Point Nepean National Park are underway. During this time, some areas of the Quarantine Station may be temporarily closed to public access, and there may be some construction noise. For more information, visit the project page, email the team at engage@parks.vic.gov.au or call us on 13 1963.

  • Point Nepean National Park

    Altered Front Gate Opening/Closing Times

    Point Nepean National Park is open daily. Temporarily vehicles may enter the park between 7am-6pm and can exit at any time. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter and exit the park any time.

Point Nepean National Park

3880 Point Nepean Rd
Portsea VIC 3944
13 1963
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