Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean National Park

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 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.

Tours in the area

Bushwalking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking are just some of the many activities you can experience in Victoria's parks.


If you want to try something new or meet some like-minded people on your next visit to a park, contact a licensed tour operator.


Parks Victoria licenses tour operators who are experts in these activities and more. They will help you get the most out of your visit.

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How to get there

Point Nepean National Park

Point Nepean is located 110km from Melbourne CBD. Visitors can catch a train from Melbourne to Frankston and then a bus (788) to Portsea, which stops at the park entrance. If driving, take Eastern Freeway (M3), then Mornington Peninsula Freeway (M11) onto Point Nepean Road and follow to Portsea. The Queenscliff to Sorrento passenger ferry operates on the hour from 7am to 6pm (extended hours during summer), and then is a short 10 minute drive from Sorrento to the park.

Point Nepean National Park is open daily. Vehicles can enter from 7am–5pm (6am-6pm in daylight savings) and exit at any time. Pedestrians and cyclists can enter any time. The Point Nepean Information Centre is open daily, except Christmas day, 10am to 5pm.  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.

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.

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    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). For more information, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au/covid19

Point Nepean National Park

3880 Point Nepean Rd
Portsea VIC 3944
13 1963
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