The Mornington Peninsula takes in the historic Point Nepean National Park and Fort, the spectacular views of Arthurs Seat, the Mornington Peninsula 100km walk, as well as historic homesteads, lighthouses and scenic drives.
Explore the Mornington Peninsula’s rugged side where Bass Strait and Westernport Bay meet at Flinders and Cape Schanck, tour the Cape Schanck Lighthouse and the Boardwalk down to Pulpit Rock. Embark on the SeaRoad Ferries back across to the Bellarine Peninsula and Queenscliffe. Swim at the safe bay beaches of Rye, Blairgowrie and Sorrento, or surf crashing waves at Number Sixteen Rye Back Beach or Flinders Ocean Beach.
The jewel in the crown is the Point Nepean National Park with its many stunning walks, historic buildings such as the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean and unparalleled views of Bass Straight.
Located at the very end of the mornington peninsula, Fort Nepean was a cricial part of Victoria’s defences from the 1880s until 1945. It was the largest and most heavily armed installation in the network of fortifications around the entrance to Port Phillip, and today remains an outstanding example of the evolution of gun technology and Australia’s early defence strategies. The first shot of the British Empire in WWI and the first Australian shots of World War ll were fired from Fort Nepean, earning its entry in military history. These battlements were modified and used right up until the end of World War II.
Excerpt from Parks Victoria