Cheviot Hill Heritage Site (Point Nepean National Park)


Cheviot Hill Heritage Site (Point Nepean National Park)

Cheviot Hill is located within Point Nepean National Park and is the park’s highest point. There is a viewing platform 500m west of Cheviot Hill, that overlooks Cheviot Beach, the site where former Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared while swimming without a trace in December 1967. A memorial granite plinth on the approach to the viewing platform honours the legacy of this tragedy. Access to Cheviot Beach is not permitted for safety and conservation reasons. Cheviot Hill is named after Victoria's worst shipwreck, the SS Cheviot, which hit a reef in 1887 during storm conditions; 35 of the 59 passengers drowned.

The Happy Valley loop track starts here and meanders through Moonah Woodland where you will discover the remnants of the Happy Valley Army Barracks. The short, but narrow loop walk is a great way to get amongst nature.

Snakes are active in the warmer months, so please stay on the existing paths to avoid any unnecessary encounters.

Before you visit check the Fire Danger Rating and for days of Total Fire Ban at, on the VicEmergency smartphone app or call the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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Cheviot Hill Heritage Site (Point Nepean National Park)



Need to know

Cheviot Hill Heritage Site (Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No camping
  • No bicycles
  • No vehicles
  • Management vehicle only
  • No drones without a permit


  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes

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.

Gun Emplacements 5 and 6, Engine House and Battery Observation Posts closed at Fort Nepean

The Fort Nepean precinct is open, however Gun Emplacements 5 and 6, Engine House and Battery Observation Posts at Fort Nepean are closed due to safety concerns arising from recent engineering inspections. Further technical assessments and remediation investigations are being undertaken.

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.  Further engineering/ technical assessments will be undertaken.

Coastal path to Engine House Closed

The coastal path to the Engine House precinct at Fort Nepean is currently closed due to safety concerns from instability.

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