South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)


South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)

South Channel Fort is a unique and highly significant 19th Century artificial island. Built during the 1880s, it is part of the strategic defence network of Port Phillip. The island contains gun emplacements, a labyrinth of underground passages and magnificent panoramic views over Port Phillip. It is also a breeding site for the White faced Storm-Petrel and other important birdlife.

South Channel Fort can only be accessed by boat. Once on the island visitors can take a walking tour around the island and learn about the important heritage of the site.

Visitors can access the underground keep of South Channel Fort through a Licenced Tour Operator only.

How to get there

South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)

Need to know

South Channel Fort (Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • Boating zones apply
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No fires permitted
  • No camping
  • No dogs, cats, pets allowed


  • Water hazards
    • Deep water
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery rocks
    • Slippery surface
  • Animals and pests
    • Stingers
    • Sharks

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.

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

Disinfecting Complex and Quarantine Station Buildings closed

The Disinfecting Complex (Boiler House and Foul Luggage Store) is closed until mid September due to building conservation works.   In response to advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer about COVID-19, the following buildings within the Quarantine Station are closed until further notice: Information Centre, Hospital 3, Cook House and Shepherds Hut.

Shuttle Bus service suspended

The Point Nepean Shuttle Bus service is suspended until further notice.

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