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Army Barracks and Quarantine Station

With the discovery of gold in 1851 the steady flow of immigrants sailing into the Port Phillip District became a flood. Within a year nearly 100,000 people had arrived in Melbourne by sea. Due to the crowded conditions on board, ships were breeding g ...

AddressPt Nepean National Park, Portsea
Cheviot Hill and Harold Holt Memorial Park

Point Nepean National Park is truly one of Victoria's beautiful natural landscapes. A special place with so much to see and discover. It has a rich history and played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victor ...

AddressDefence Road, Portsea
Continental Hotel

The Continental Hotel is regionally significant for its symbolic, historical, architectural and landmark qualities. It has rarity significance as possibly the only four storey limestone building in Australia dating from the nineteenth century. It is ...

Address1-21 Ocean Beach Rd, Sorrento
Eagles Nest and Fort Pearce

Eagles Nest once contained the largest disappearing gun, built in 1889. The barrel from this gun is located at the exit point of the former Quarantine Station on Defence Road. Positioned at one of the highest points in the Park, it is now home to a l ...

AddressPoint Nepean National Park, Portsea
Fort Nepean

Located at the very end of the peninsula, Fort Nepean enables you to step into the boots of the soldiers once posted there. Fort Nepean was a critical part of Victoria’s defences from the 1880s until 1945. It was the largest and most heavily armed in ...

AddressDefence Road, Portsea
Mud Island

The Mud Islands have huge scientific and conservation significance they are listed on the National Estate list of wetlands and are included in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park.  They lie near the Heads about 5.5 km from land between Sorren ...

AddressPort Phillip Bay, Victoria
Popes Eye

The artificial reef was intended to be the foundation of a new fort for protection of the bay but the world moved on making the fort obsolete before being completed.  Bluestone boulders were dropped onto the submerged sandbank forming a horseshoe sha ...

AddressPort Phillip Bay, Victoria
Portsea Lagoon

Portsea Lagoon is one of the three remaining dunal depressions on the Nepean Peninsula. The lagoon is a natural ephemeral wetland which is due to seasonal variations in both groundwater elevation and weather patterns. Following a dry spell the lagoon ...

AddressIbis Way Portsea
Shepard's Hut

The limestone Shepherd's Hut was built in 1854 on the site of the Point Nepean Quarantine Station and is believed to be a rare example of employee housing from this period. It has an underground section that is thought to date back to 1844 and would ...

AddressPt Nepean National Park, Portsea
Sorrento Hotel

The Sorrento Hotel is of regional significance as a prominent hotel business in Sorrento which has a history of association with major Victorian Breweries. The original building is important for its evidence of the work of an important local builder, ...

Address5-15 Hotham Rd, Sorrento
Sorrento Museum

The Society established its Museum in the Mechanics’ Institute, Melbourne Road, Sorrento. The building which is classified by the National Trust was built of local limestone in 1876/90. A multi-purpose Heritage Gallery, including multimedia and lectu ...

Address827 Melbourne Road, Sorrento
Sorrento Street Tram Terminus

From the pier a ramp provided access to the Sorrento Steam Tram Service ran from 1890-1921 carrying passengers from the pier along Ocean Amphitheatre Road to the Back Beach.  The steam tram was enormously popular in the early 1900's, carrying up to 2 ...

AddressPoliceman Park, Sorrento
South Channel Fort

The Fort is a man made island built in the late 1800’s on a sandbank shored up with bluestone rocks, concrete and sand.  It was key to the network of outer defences in Port Phillip Bay.   Five guns, together with those of Queenscliff and Point Nepean ...

AddressPort Phillip Bay, Victoria
Sullivans Bay - First European Settlement 1803

In 1803 the first detailed survey of Port Phillip was carried out by Charles Grimes and in October of that year the first settlement of the Port Phillip District under Lieutenant Governor David Collins was attempted at Sullivan Bay, Sorrento.On Octob ...

AddressPt Nepean Rd, Sorrento
Watts Cottage and Pioneer Memorial Park

Watts’ Cottage, an early settlers’ wattle and daub cottage (built 1869-70), adjacent to the Sorrento Museum and overlooking the Pioneer Memorial Garden is open to visitors and provides a glimpse of late 19th century living.The cottage was originally ...

AddressOcean Beach Rd, Sorrento