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“Great view from the top”

Point Nepean National Park
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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 August 23, 2013

Start from the car park near the park's inner gates take the 400m trail to the ex Cattle Pier (i.e. ruins Near the beach are 4/5 squarish park benches where you can have a rest and/or picnic (byo garbage out/ back).

After the walk the beach and cattle pier (remnants), walk back to the metalled road and hike 2-3 km (30mins) uphill to the gunnery and various vantage points. The views from the top of the hills and the azure sea is breadthtaking.

If you walkabout the park this winter,you ll be able see some burn out and also regenerated bush from last summer's bushfire. Byo lotsa water.

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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Just to see the old fortress and former Lord Mayors Childrens homes,the wildness of the back beach was inspiring.

Thank Bob D
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Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

Bunkers from the World War One is well maintained and definitely worth the visit for both kids and aged. Brought the parents and kids and really enjoyed the view, history and the whole ambience. Worth the visit... At least once if you are in Melbourne.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Discovered this beautiful part of the Mornington Peninsula recently - only had about 2 hours there but so much to see,do and explore. Caught the shuttle bus to the Point area but next time would allow a few extra hours for walking ; did manage to check out some of the gunnery bunkers, view the displays and climb some of the paths overlooking the heads. Good for ship watching -bring the binoculars.

The Quarantine Station also is well worth exploring and free with some lovely scenery and picnic spots. Great days outing.

Thank Jane D
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

It's been years since my wife and I visited the Mornington Peninsular, and we were pleasantly surprised that access has been provided to the Point Nepean national park, and more particularly to the 1st and 2nd world war gunnery bunkers and Quarantine Station. We waked the approximately 6km round trip to the heads from the most westerly carpark.

Not to be missed is the audio visual display on the last of the relics available to the public.

Grounds around the old Quarantine Station have been manicured, and the old buildings are a delight to amble through.

The walk to the heads is very easy on the track through the bush, and offers highlight views of the bay. We walked back along the access road which provides great views of the back beach.

Cheviot beach is visible from the road, and is the place that Australia's Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared from whist swimming in the surf around Christmas 1967.

The national park is a lovely place to visit and is highly recommended. Note that there is a bus that travels to and from the point for those that don't have time for the walk. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.l

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