Fort Nepean in Portsea. Discover history and nature at the end of the Mornington Peninsula.
Did you know that the first shot of WWI was fired in Port Phillip Bay? Did you know that the first Australian shot of WW2 was also fired in Port Philip Bay? Did you know that the canons that fired them are on display to the public? Did you know there is a pram friendly walk to access them? Did you know that walk is one of the most magnificent in Victoria? Do you know that it's all free? You do now...
Fort Nepean is located right at the very end of the Mornington Peninsula and was built to monitor and protect ships entering into Port Philip Bay. There are still tunnels and lookouts here that are waiting to be explored.
Fort Nepean is not accessible by car. The nearest car park is at Gunners Cottage which is approximately 2km away. Though the route is suitable for bikes and prams, please note the road is hilly so young children may struggle. There is a Parks Victoria bus for those who prefer not to walk, this costs $10 for a day pass.
As the Peninsula gets narrower and narrower towards Fort Nepean, the views become even more magnificent. With the still, calm bay on one side of the cliff and the roar of the Tasman sea on the other, this rare Victorian spot is one of a kind.
Be sure to stop at the quarantine buildings on the way past. This is where the first European migrants landed on Australian soil for the very first time. They are free to explore.
Fort Nepean is a magnificent day trip for the entire family, filled with history, nature, geology, geography and biology.