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“What an amazing place!”

Point Nepean National Park
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Self-Guided Point Nepean National Park Bike Tour for Two
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Portsea
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Owner description: Point Nepean really is one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. With so much to see and discover, its rich history has played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria. The park has outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the Rip and Port Phillip Bay. Explore the military forts and tunnels, discover the historic Quarantine Station, view the memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing or simply enjoy the coastal surrounds. Visitors can park at the Quarantine Station or alternatively park at Gunners Cottage and walk or cycle the 2.6 kilometers to Fort Nepean. Bikes can be hired from the Point Nepean Information Centre. An all-terrain beach wheelchair can be borrowed for free and booked by contacting the Information Centre. A hop on hop off shuttle operates from 10:30am to 4:00pm daily between Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean (tickets can be purchased from the shuttle bus). Point Nepean is located 90km from Melbourne. In addition to car access, public transport options include a train service from Melbourne to Frankston followed by a bus to Portsea. From the other side of Port Phillip Bay, the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry operates on the hour from 7am to 6pm (with extended summer hours).
Melbourne, Australia
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“What an amazing place!”
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Even if you only have a few hours when you are in the Sorrento or Portsea area of Victoria, Australia, take some time out to visit this National Park. We spent half a day walking along the beach in the National Park, from the old Quarantine Jetty to the end of the beach towards the bay mouth. The beach was pristine, the sea spectacular, and we felt like we were in paradise. We parked our car at the Gunners' Cottage (I think that was what it was called), and walked about 400m to the beach through the Moonah trees - easy walk, level path and then the incredible vista of the bay opens. Take the time to visit it; very worth it, and especially on a clear and sunny day!

Visited January 2013
Thank CilliA
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Wirral UK
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“Definitely worth a visit”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

The location of a quarantine zone for newly arriving people and livestock. Lots of good walks and a nice natural beach. Great for cycling or walking.

We very much enjoyed the quarantine hospital area. Lots of history recreated and many sad stories of those who died of typhus on the long sea journey or who died in quarantine. The location and sea views are very nice. You cannot drive to the end of the peninsular, but there is a regular shuttle bus. Plenty of free parking and entrance to the park and quarantine area are free. There is a small charge for the shuttle bus.

The area is very much worth visiting

Visited January 2013
Thank NeilandBarbara
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“A Fascinating Opportunity to See Beautiful Sceenary and Historic Buildings”
Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

We visited the park just before Christmas and had it almost to outselves. There was no transporter in operation so we took a few of the shorter walks and spent time at the Quarantine Station. A very enjoyable few hours with very helpful rangers.

Thank Stevew07
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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“The snake sign was a bit offputting!”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We went by bus as part of a day trip to Sorrento/Portsea. Very interesting area but the snake sign made us a little nervous. Interesting to see the underground tunnels.

Visited November 2012
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Perth, United Kingdom
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“Great walk to the Point”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

We've done this walk before and loved it. We had a beautiful day to walk with our friends from Queensland (we're from Scotland). We walked from the car park. Not everything was available to see as there's a big refurbishment going on, but hopefully when it's finished there will be more interpretative boards and information.

Visited November 2012
Thank Wilma M
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