Friends of Collins 1803 Settlement

The Friends of Collins 1803 Settlement group is concerned to preserve the landscape of the settlement site as it would have been in 1803.

The main focus of interest is the 1803 Settlement under David Collins:  the first British settlement in Victoria. For more go HERE

It also aims to inform children and adults about:

*  the early British exploration of bass Strait and Port Phillip (HERE), and

*  the frontier relationship between Boon wurrung people and the British arrivals. (HERE)


For many years, visitors to Sorrento could visit a display centre located on the Eastern Sister, at the top of a path leading to the Early Settler’s Graves.

In 2003 scientists determined that the display centre was located on an unstable cliff face, and so it was demolished.

A new centre has been built at the foot of the Eastern Sister.  It is called the 1803 Settlement Centre, Sorrento.  It opened in September 2008. 


Take a Walk

Follow the bollards for an informative walk around the Collins 1803 Settlement.

Simply go to the Bollard Walk page HERE and follow the Bollards.

Tip: The walk starts at Hutchins’ Jetty – Go back to the car park, turn left and walk about 500m to the jetty.

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Friends of Collins 1803 Settlement is a group of the Nepean Historical Society. Any contribution over $2 is tax deductible.