Labour Day weekend was well spent at Port Nepean National Park, located at the very tip of the Mornington Peninsula. It’s about a one and a half hour drive from the Melbourne CBD. It is truly one of Victoria’s natural landscapes with so much more to offer than just the beautiful coastal view, but also gives insight on Australia’s rich wartime history.
The route I took was to drive to the very end of the Point Nepean road and continue down Defence Road where you will reach Gunner’s Cottage car park. From here there are shuttle buses available that will get you from Gunner’s Cottage to Fort Nepean which is the very tip of the National Park, costing $10 each way per person. I would recommend walking all the way to really take in the views around you. It’s very manageable and that’s coming from someone who rarely exercises! It was about a round trip of 6km from Gunner’s Cottage and Fort Nepean taking approximately one hour and a bit, but definitely give yourself more time as there’s plenty to explore once you reach Fort Nepean.
Although the majority of the walk towards Fort Nepean is on a sealed road and isn’t all that impressive to begin with, once you keep going a little bit further you’ll see the coastal views and definitely won’t be disappointed! Along the way we decided to stop by Cheviot Hill, which is considered to be the highest point overlooking the beach. Once reaching the tip at Fort Nepean you become surrounded by military forts with several voice clips throughout, tunnels, gun emplacements and an engine house – the feeling is honestly like you’re being taken back in time. It really gives you insight on Victoria’s defence back in the days!
All in all the Point Nepean walk is a great way to exercise but also explore Victoria’s beauty and history. I definitely plan on coming back soon and perhaps even bike ride around the walking trail.
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