Weekend Wanderings: Fort Nepean
Late year I went to the Quarantine Station on Point Nepean, which is down on the entrance to Port Phillip Bay, the Bay that Melbourne is on, and one of the reasons we went there was so we could go to the Point, see where it was. We had no real idea of what what there, but knew that a World War II fort was there as well. Depending on which way you go, either just over 2 kilometres on the road, or if you go on the walking track it is longer. We went the long way, and we were really surprised with what we found.
Fort Nepean was built for the second world war to protect Melbourne, though the war never came this far South and Victoria’s only real involvement was the supply of men to fight to fight in it. I’m sure there was more to it than that, but that is a simplistic view of it. The fort was an interesting place to explore, besides some good views, it was interesting to see what is underground there. I was also surprised that it was looked after by Parks Victoria, so entry was free, and you could just roam around it with no one watching you, it was fantastic. I hope it stays that way.
It wasn’t a hard walk, a bit of uphill, but worth it really. There is a bus that runs there every half an hour, but I would recommend walking there, catching the bus back. You would see views like this on the bus, but you wouldn’t be able to stop and enjoy them.
I was surprised to see Point Lonsdale, you can see it in the photo above, on the horizon to the right. I think because when I’ve been at Point Lonsdale and looked across it seemed so far away and you couldn’t really make out much, it will be interesting to go back there now that I know what is on the other side.
Most of the fort structures and rooms were underground, it is hard to know what the rooms were used for, you could still walk into them and see them. It looks like it was very sterile working conditions, nothing fancy was done here. The concrete is starting to fall apart, so I don’t know how long it will be before it is decided they are unsafe to enter.
Above ground were where the guns were, and the bunkers for looking out. The concrete bunkers can be seen all along here, they are also over on Point Lonsdale. They were the lookout towers, I guess, situated in all different areas to spot anything coming from any direction.
This scared the hell of out me. I thought it was a snake as all I saw was the head, then I realized it wasn’t moving like a snake and had legs, a blue tongue lizard. Sigh of relief.
It was really extraordinary, and we really didn’t spend enough time there. We both decided we would like to come back and spend more time there. I think I explained with the Quarantine Station how we really should’ve left earlier, and we should, we have to get their much earlier next time, spend the whole day there, take our lunch.
Here is a map to help you see where it is:
We wandered around, but didn’t see everything, or read everything, but we saw a lot. There are lots of signs with descriptions of the place and what happened there. I tried to photograph some so hopefully they help. It was a great place to wander around, you would be able to use a tripod there, and the day we went it wasn’t really busy.
I have a gallery and the photos are in the order that I saw everything. It is very wet here in Melbourne, so won’t be going to far today, I hope you have better luck with the weather where you are.