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.

How to get there

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 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.

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.

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 Opening and Closing Times - vehicle access

Point Nepean National Park -  Gate opening and closing is currently 5am open and 5pm close to vehicles. Vehicles can exit the park at anytime.  Pedestrian and bike access available all hours.  

Discovery Tents expansion: February – late 2024

Works to expand the ‘Discovery Tents’ campground at Point Nepean National Park are nearing completion, with re-vegetation and planting underway. 

During this time, access to the new camping area will be temporarily closed to allow time for the grass and plantings to establish. Bunting and signage is in place to help direct visitors. For more information, visit the project page, email the team at or call us on 13 1963.

By using our site you accept that we use and share cookies and similar technologies with certain approved third parties. These tools enable us to improve your website experience and to provide content and ads tailored to your interests. By continuing to use our site you consent to this. Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.