Point Nepean forms the eastern head of the entrance to Port Phillip. The point and the first 3 km of coast leading into Port Phillip Bay, as far as Observatory Point, are part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Unlike the beaches on the southern side of the... Read more
Point Nepean forms the eastern head of the entrance to Port Phillip. The point and the first 3 km of coast leading into Port Phillip Bay, as far as Observatory Point, are part of the Mornington Peninsula National Park. Unlike the beaches on the southern side of the point, the bay beaches receive only low to usually no ocean swell.Away from the point, they are dominated by lower wind waves, generated by northerly winds within the bay.The first four beaches form a narrow strip of sand below the steep, 20 to 30 m high bluffs that form the northern side of the point. The beaches average 20 m wide and have patchy reef flats offshore. The shoreline and adjacent waters are part of the Harold Holt Marine Reserve.The Jetty Beach (P1) was the site of a jetty, that has since been removed. Nepean Point Road ends at the point, where there is a viewing area. The beach is 120 m long, faces north and has vegetated bluffs rising 27 m to the Nepean Trig behind it. The three Nepean Bay Beaches wind along below the crenulate bluffs, to where the bluffs terminate at the beginning of the broad Observatory Point beach ridge plain.
BEACHES CLOSED - NO SWIMMING ALLOWED. All four beaches usually have calm to low wind waves, with very large swell only occasionally making it past The Rip to reach the beaches. However, very strong tidal currents run parallel to the beaches, making them potentially hazardous for swimming, even if it were allowed.
None, once inside the bay.
Line fishing, spear fishing and collecting of marine organisms are all prohibited in the reserve and park.
These beaches can only be reached through Commonwealth land. Public access is by a Transporter from the Orientation Centre, located at the Portsea entrance to the Commonwealth land.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.