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Point Nepean National Park
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Ranked #1 of 15 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).
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We really didn't know anything about the area, but went for a drive to the information centre to find out more, only to discover the centre had been relocated to the quarantine station, further into the park. We were unsure how far we needed to travel & what we would find, but pressed on.
We were glad we did. The rangers were very helpful & explained about the area & the options for exploring.
The quarantine station history was very interesting & relevant, having recently visited the Cape Otway Lightstation. We spent about an hour there, before heading to the Gunner's Cottage carpark, where we started our walk to the very end of the peninsula.
It was fairly easy going & our teenage daughters who normally resist all forms of exercise found it manageable.
It's a bit disappointing to reach the end to find so many have come by bus, with kids running & screaming through the tunnels, whilst trying to absorb the history & remoteness of the place. Most have a quick look around & catch the next bus back to the information centre. Walking is a good way to avoid the crowds.
If you walk, take water & allow about 3 hours including stops. You can also hire bikes at the centre.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

We were fortunate enough to walk this scenic route on a warm autumn day. Views of the beaches were brilliant and the fort with its tunnels, cannons and other battlements very interesting. There were plenty of visitors exploring the national park on foot, bike or using the bus service. We encountered two large echidnas on route to the fort! We would not hesitate to recommend this national park to overseas visitors.

Thank SChesterAustralia
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Reviewed April 2, 2013

For a pleasant day trip from Melbourne consider visiting the Point Nepean National Park where you can enjoy the nature walks, visit the old fortifications, quarantine station and beach walks in a relaxed environment.
Take the Nepean Highway rather than the freeway to enjoy the bayside vilages and the colourful bayside shacks on the way down to Portsea. Return to Melbourne by the freeway or take the ferry over to Queenscliff and explore the western edge of Port Phillip Bay on your return journey.

Thank erimino
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Nice spot for a few hours of wandering among our early colonial and state history. Early quarantine station and Medical Scool history is well worth a look.

Thank Kenandmos
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Sensational views, lots and lots of history. The Fort- cannons and tunnels to explore, the Quarantine station- where many people first set foot on Australian soil- sad in parts(the cemetery). The beach where Harold Holt disappeared etc etc

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