Explore historic Point Nepean National Park, with its spectacular scenery and coastal trails, on a comfortable bike with an audio guide and a map of Point Nepean. Located at the end of Point Nepean Road, where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula ends, Point Nepean’s rich history has had a significant impact on Victoria and Australia in terms of immigration, quarantine and defense.
Your tour begins at the Bayplay office in Portsea. Collect your bike and audio guide then head to Point Nepean National Park. The cycling tracks are well maintained and the terrain is generally smooth making it the ideal tour for all cyclists aged 8 and above of a reasonable level of confidence, fitness and ability.
Within the park you’ll ride to many historic sites. Visit the old Quarantine Station area – a site with buildings dating back to the mid 19th Century that was used to prevent the spread of dangerous diseases, house troops during World War II and protect ethnic Albanians fleeing the Balkans conflict in the 1990’s.
You’ll then move through the historic Cattle Jetty, Pearce Barracks and Eagles Nest.
Next stop is Fort Nepean. Located at the end of the Mornington Peninsula, Fort Nepean helped make Melbourne, Australia’s most well defended city. You’ll be able to hop off your bikes and explore the vast tunnels of the fortress that were used during the first and second World Wars. Not to mention the breathtaking lookout points where Bass Strait meets Port Phillip Bay.
After exploring the fort, head home via Cheviot Hill, the mysterious beach where then Prime Minister Harold Holt vanished in 1967.
Wildlife is also a pleasant highlight of the tour - lucky cyclists may spot Bottlenose Dolphins frolicking in the water; Australian Fur Seals playing out on rock formations, Echidnas can be spotted along Coles Track - a scenic bike path, Rosellas give the sky a dash of color around the Quarantine station and much more.