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Built in 1882, Fort Nepean was in service until the end of World War II. In that time, its guns fired just two shots in aggression. Today you can explore the tunnels leading to gun emplacements, ammunition stores and bunkers, and inspect the historic cemetery.
The walk passes Cheviot Beach, where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in 1967, and The Rip, the treacherous divide between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale that has claimed many ships since European settlement.
Location: Mornington Peninsula National Park
Duration: Minimum 2 hours – allow up to 5 hours
Track condition: Good
Start: Gunners car park
Finish: Fort Nepean
Permits/bookings: Cycling permitted every day from 10am to 3pm.