Our invitation to join in on the 30th birthday celebrations for Niall’s brother down on the Mornington Peninsula this weekend gave us the perfect opportunity to explore the coast on other side of Port Phillip Bay, having only just recently visited Queenscliff. Point Nepean is known for its military and quarantine history, as well as being the site of former Prime Minister Harold Holt’s disappearance. It is a place that I visited quite often as a kid with my family because my parents enjoyed letting us loose in the maze of fort tunnels whilst admiring the panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay, The Rip (the entrance to Port Phillip Bay), and the Bass Strait. On the other hand, this was Niall’s first visit, which was surprising given that he came from a family full of boys and actually grew up on the Peninsula!
We first spent the morning after the party exploring several antique shops in Tyabb and Mornington in the hopes of finding something special for a gift (with no luck, unfortunately), before making our way down the coast to Point Nepean. On the way, we stopped in Portsea to indulge in a late and delicious fish and chip lunch and were pleased to find that we were able to eat in peace with only one seagull in sight on the foreshore (unlike in Queenscliff, where we were absolutely swamped by the little white beggars). We have definitely already eaten our year’s quota of fish and chips with these two seaside daytrips in the last month, now!
On arrival to Point Nepean National Park, we made our way to the Information Centre located near the Quarantine Station, where we learnt that we were too late for any of the shuttle bus services and had to explore the sights on foot instead. Although we secretly wished that we’d had the foresight to bring our bikes with us to make the journey, we weren’t too fussed about this because of the beautiful sunny weather and the fact that Point Nepean National Park only closes its gates to vehicles entering the park (once you’re in, you can stay as long as you like). Also, after exploring the Quarantine Station and nearby Influenza Huts, the walk between Gunners Cottage and Fort Nepean is a breeze at only 2.6 kms!