Pt. Nepean and the Mornington Peninsula

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By: A.J.

Hi readers once again this is A.J with another article, but this time I am joining my fellow scribes writing about our Mornington Peninsula…

Travelling from Frankston to Pt. Nepean we pass many attractive areas for visitors, for example:

Mt. Eliza, Mornington, Mt. Martha, Safety Beach, Dromana, McCrae, Arthur’s Seat, Rosebud, Tootgarook, Rye, Sorrento, and finally Portsea. All these towns have nice village atmospheres, good shopping, eating, and of course beaches. The best view comes from Arthur’s Seat though, the Chairlift is out of action at the moment but you can still drive or hike to the top and enjoy a coffee while taking in the views of Melbourne City, the Port Phillip Heads and Geelong, on a clear day. You can also challenge the kids in the Maze.

Some of the towns have Back Beaches; Bass Strait’s is used for surfing and at Rye you may see Racehorses exercising as I once saw the Melbourne Cup Winner, Makybe Diva, enjoying the salt water. When we arrive at Portsea we have the famous Quarantine Station (I wonder if the place is haunted…) where you can wander around the buildings or even take a tour which can be booked at the Pt. Nepean Visitors Centre. A stroll along the pier or a meal at the Portsea Hotel is also an excellent idea.

At Pt. Nepean National Park you can walk amongst the ruins of Fort Nepean, including: Norris Barracks, Cheviot Hill, Fort Pearce, and you can even see the gun emplacements, engine house and underground tunnels. Fort Nepean I remember was once the Officer Training School and the School of Army Health. I think the biggest claim to fame at Pt. Nepean was in December 1967 at Cheviot Beach where the former Prime Minister, Harold Holt, disappeared while swimming. He was presumed drowned though some theories see him kidnapped by a Submarine or U.F.O’s!

Well readers, there are two sides of the Mornington Peninsula being Port Phillip and Westernport, both of which have some lovely places to visit. So take some time out to see my beloved Mornington Peninsula as there’s something for everyone!

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