South Channel Fort (Local Port of Port Phillip, Point Nepean National Park)


South Channel Fort (Local Port of Port Phillip, 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 (Local Port of Port Phillip, Point Nepean National Park)

Need to know

South Channel Fort (Local Port of Port Phillip, Point Nepean National Park)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


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


  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Strong currents
    • Submerged obstacles
    • Deep water
  • Terrain hazards
    • Slippery surface
    • Slippery rocks
  • 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.

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.  

Discovery Tents expansion: February – late 2024

Works to expand the ‘Discovery Tents’ campground at Point Nepean National Park are underway. During this time, some areas of the Quarantine Station may be temporarily closed to public access, and there may be some construction noise. For more information, visit the project page, email the team at or call us on 13 1963.

May 24th - No Shuttle Bus service this day due to Public Event

No Shuttle Bus service May 24th 

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