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Point Nepean National Park

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Address: Point Nepean Road, Portsea, Victoria, Australia
Phone Number: +61 13 19 63

Point Nepean really is one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. With...

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).

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Great walk out to the point.

We spent the afternoon exploring the park. So much to see. Quarantine station. Observatory point, Harold Holt memorial and amazing scenery.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Melbourne Australia
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Melbourne Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the afternoon exploring the park. So much to see. Quarantine station. Observatory point, Harold Holt memorial and amazing scenery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just wandered along the track in the National Park, and blundered into an amazing slice of Australian history. How in hell is this free attraction not better known and advertised?

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to walk or ride with the family. You can even take the shuttle service if you have limited capacity for walking. Our kids love exploring the old fort and underground tunnels but we love the natural terrain and beautiful views. We have frequently seen echidnas and wallabies (and occasionally a snake!) There is no entrance... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

point Nepean national Park is one of the best places to walk on any type of day as the scenery is outstanding with the calm bay to the north and the wild ocean to the south. There is a load of history at the old Fort and there is the memorial to Harold Holt and the Quarantine Station. Although there... More 

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Mackay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fantastic views of the Bass strait and Port Phillip bay. There are many walking tracks throughout along with a lot of wild life.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stumbled across this treasure trove of Aussie history, a lot of it not that well known. the park itself is pretty to drive around. The information boards and history of the quarantine station is fascinating, as is the military history of the site. Well worth a visit. I would recommend you allow plenty of time to take it all... More 

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Newtown, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The quarantine station is fantastic and definitely worth a few hours walking around the old buildings and talking in the history of the area. I would recommend taking lunch and sitting in the surrounding gardens/park/beach and then visiting the many buildings so you can appreciate how the people lived and the purpose of having the quarantine station.

Thank 792Carol_H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great park to visit with elderly and children. The buildings are open for viewing and stand as they were in the 1880s. Easy to walk around. We also found the Ranger very helpful.

Thank Kim G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Great park with so much history it's hard to grasp all of it in one visit. Long walks to get to all of it so biking could be a great option although a bus (not free although the park entrance fee is) can take you around. From the calm waters of the bay on one side to the stormy ocean... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Pretty far from the city but worth going there. Wild nature of ocean on the left side and calm bay on the right.

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