Point Nepean National Park

The history of Point Nepean spans back thousands of years to the Bunurong people and it has also played an important role in shaping the early European settlement and defence of Australia, being used to quarantine people arriving in Victoria, defending the colony and for military training.

Walk or cycle through this rugged coastal landscape and and enjoy panoramic ocean and bay views.

Explore military forts and tunnels, learn about the people who passed through the Quarantine Station - and see fascinating artefacts spanning back over 150 years. View the site and memorial where Prime Minister Harold Holt went missing while swimming at the nearby Cheviot Beach.

Best time to go: Check opening hours here

How long will you need: At least half a day

Local tip:  Established in 1852, the Quarantine Station was the major place for quarantine purposes in Victoria until 1979.  You can see the remains of the jetty built for this purpose in 1878 at nearby Observatory Point. The beach here is a beautiful spot for a picnic.


Point Nepean Quarantine Station

A visit to the Quarantine Station offers a unique opportunity to see how a large number of new Australians spent their first few weeks in their new country.

This community of hospitals, disinfecting complex, morgue, cemetery and other defunct buildings comprised an infectious disease facility which processed newly arrived humans and livestock alike.

The Quarantine Station began here in 1852 on what was a desolate, windy and unwelcoming stretch of land. The extent of the facilities then was a few houses left by a community of lime burners who had vacated the area.

Must check out: I found the cemetery really interesting!

Best time to go: Visit the website for opening hours here

How long will you need: At least half a day

Portsea Hotel

Portsea Hotel located on the Port Phillip Bay Coastline is the most picturesque hotel on the Mornington Peninsula. Portsea Hotel celebrates our region's produce and brings it to your plate.  Their menu offers pub classics, along with seasonal dishes to make the best use of local items.

Best time to go: Check out their website for menus and opening hours here



Bay Play Adventure Experiences

Bayplay offers an array of amazing adventure activities and unforgettable experiences to suit everyone on the Mornington Peninsula.

Snorkel or Scuba Dive with Seadragons, Sea Kayak the Dolphin Sanctuary, Stand Up Paddleboard, Bike Ride or sail on our Catamaran around the picturesque Point Nepean National Park.

Visit the Bay Play website for details of all the available adventures here

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