Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)


Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Only a short walk from the Gunners Cottage Carpark, head to Observatory Point for a scenic Picnic. Take in the vistas over Port Phillip Bay, back towards Melbourne and across the length of the Point Nepean.

How to get there

Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Need to know

Observatory Point Picnic Area (Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • No horses
  • No swimming
  • No fires permitted
  • No firearms allowed
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed
  • No generators
  • No camping
  • Management vehicle only
  • No vehicles
  • No fishing
  • Boating zones apply


  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Deep water
  • Animals and pests
    • Snakes
  • Other warnings
    • Unpatrolled area

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.

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.

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.

Beach access at The Bend

Beach access from the Bay Beach Walk at The Bend, within Point Nepean National Park, is affected by storm damage.  

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