Victoria’s newest destination for happy campers

Published: 23 Feb 2022

Point Nepean Camping Ground video transcript

[Delivering for Victoria / Point Nepean National Park Campground Development]

[Vision: Aerial view of Point Nepean National Park]

[Text: Camp under the stars in a stunning setting with cultural significance. Pre-pitched tents will minimise the impact on the natural environment. Proudly backed by the Victorian Government with a $3.7 million contribution]

[Vision: Aerial view of Point Nepean National Park Campground development site]

[Text: Victoria State Government / Delivering for Victoria. Authorised by the Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

Soon there will be a stunning new campground in Victoria.

Sites will be set up for even the most novice of campers to sleep under the stars and experience the beautiful environment and cultural significance of Point Nepean National Park.

A two-hour drive from Melbourne CBD, Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula is a popular destination for hundreds-of-thousands of visitors each year.

To provide a deeper connection with the park and improve the visitor experience, a low-impact, short-stay campground with beautiful foreshore views will be developed at the Point Nepean Quarantine Station.

Point Nepean National Park campground will offer pre-pitched tents for visitors to hire.

“Point Nepean National Park is a much-loved and visited destination,” Parks Victoria South East Melbourne District Manager Julia Street said.

“By setting up the campground with pre-pitched tents, and with facilities provided within nearby buildings, Parks Victoria will provide people who do not have camping experience or their own equipment an accessible camping opportunity in a special place.

“We hope people will enjoy this experience and develop the interest and confidence to explore other national parks.”

The Victorian Government provided $4.5 million to carry out early works of the Point Nepean National Park Master Plan, including the campground.

Leave no trace

Dedicated facilities including toilets, showers and an adjoining barbecue area will help keep the site neat and clean and protect the natural environment the Park.

“By setting up the campground ourselves, we can minimise the amount of gear being brought in and out of the park and manage any rubbish and waste,” Julia said.

“We think Point Nepean is a great place for a low-impact campground like this one – it will help more Victorians connect with the park and strengthen their support for conserving the natural and cultural landscape for future generations.”

Front facing view of a large building on the Point Nepean coastline

Cultural significance

Point Nepean National Park is a sacred place to its Traditional Owners and has held a meaningful cultural role for more than 35,000 years.

“Point Nepean is a special place,” Julia said.

“It’s a significant Aboriginal cultural landscape, a place of special natural beauty, a location of Bunurong Traditional Owner significance and of Victorian military, immigration and quarantine history.”

An immersive story-telling and interpretation project will be included at the campground to raise awareness of the park's overlapping natural, military and quarantine histories.

Boosting local business

The camping site will offer far more than a place for travellers to rest overnight.

It will also play a role in supporting local businesses along the Mornington Peninsula.

“By offering the opportunity to camp we expect people to stay longer and spend more money in the area.”

Stage one of the campground project is set to be completed midyear, with a second stage by the end of 2022. For more information, visit Parks Victoria.

Page last updated 24 Jun 2022
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