Portsea Travel Guide

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  • Back (Ocean) Beach
    Back (Ocean) Beach
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  • Front (Bay) Beach
    Front (Bay) Beach
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Portsea Things to Do

  • Boneo Maze & Wetlands

    Unlikely to be the most impressive maze you have ever been, Boneo Maze & Wetlands is a pleasant change if you want to head inland away from the beaches for a while. There's a small maze, a wetlands walk and, possibly the most interesting aspect, a series of giant board games dotted around the picnic area. The kids can start the game of chess, get...

  • Front (Bay) Beach

    10-15 minutes walk from the Back Beach, past the serious holiday homes of the multi-millionaires (I kid you not - this is Portsea afterall) and you'll find the infinitely calmer Portsea Front Beach, overlooked by the grand dame herself, the long established Portsea Hotel. It's far from being the most impressive of beaches - a long, thin sandy...

  • Back (Ocean) Beach

    Based as it is on the very southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula, Portsea has the huge advantage of having two beaches - the Back Beach being by far the most stunning (but not always the safest place for a gentle swim). It's a glorious stretch of sand and coastline, and exposed to the elements, even on the calmest days, breaking waves in all...

  • Explore the tunnels

    The subterranean tunnels (not all of which are open to the public) are among the most interesting parts of the fort.We probably got to visit a few hundred metres worth, spread over several different locations within the fort.

  • Port Nepean 3

    And if the previous views weren't enough, just look at the views the soldiers had from the men's latrines/toilets! Here my husband poses in front of one to see exactly what the view would have been...

  • Port Nepean 2

    One of the best things about Port Nepean are the beautiful sea and coastal views from many of the ramparts.


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Portsea Transportation

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    by Kate-Me Written May 25, 2005

    To get to Port Nepean itself, you can either leave your car at the visitor's centre and hire a bike for about $15 ea or walk the 5 or so kms to the fort, or do as we did, and take a more unusual form of transport, a tractor train, (About $13 return) for a leisurely scenic ride.
    Or, you can take your car 2 kms further on and leave it at that carpark (the last one) and walk or take the tractor train from there (there are about 3 stops along the way for setting down and picking up).

    our tractor train transporter
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Portsea Off The Beaten Path

  • The Briars Park Homestead 3

    Here we have the most famous exhibit of the museum (but which I still didn't know existed until recently) the actual death mask of Napoleon made about 48 hours after his death (I believe there are very few of these existing in the world, as you can imagine) Some of the smaller items in the Napoleonic collection included the coins which were found...

  • The Briars Park Homestead 2

    Besides the homestead, there is so much else to do as well, which surprised me (especially considering the low $3-$6 entry fee, which covers everything including the guided tour of the house). There is a very informative Visitor Information Centre with much information on the flora and fauna of the area, great displays, activities such as night...

  • The Briars Park Homestead at Mt Martha

    The Briars is one of the most historic properties on the Mornington Peninsula, situated about 20 minutes south of Frankston. What brought me here though was not the house, beautiful though it is, or the numerous wetland walks you can take around the property (I didn’t know about those before) or even the restaurant called Josephines… but rather the...


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