While tours are currently suspended due to Covid19, we are still taking expressions of interest for the future. So please get in touch via the form at the bottom of the page.
Our volunteers now offer a range of NHS Guided Group Tours . . .
|The Sorrento Museum and Watt’s Cottage||60-90 mins||1-30 people|
|1803 Collins Settlement Site Historic Area||60-90 mins||Min 15 people|
|The Quarantine Station||60-90 mins||Min 15 people|
|The Forts of Point Nepean||90-120 mins||Min 15 people|
|Mornington Peninsula National Park||Variable||Min 15 people|
These tours are tailored to meet the needs of all ages and mobilities.
All are available to book individual areas, or to ‘pick and choose’ the areas that interest you and your group.
Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start . . .
The Sorrento Museum and Watt’s Cottage
For those wishing to self-guide through the Museum on open days, Museum entry fees only apply.
The Museum can be opened specifically for your group which incurs additional fees.
An introductory Tour of The Sorrento Museum includes video presentations that give an excellent overview of the history of the southern end of the Mornington Peninsula. We can also guide you around the Museum and talk on specific topics of interest. Alternatively you can explore the Museum in your own time. Visit Watts Cottage and learn about churning butter, cooking with fire, fridges in trees and much more from our volunteers.
1803 Collins Settlement Site Historic Area
This tour visits the site of the historic short lived settlement led by Lieutenant Governor David Collins in 1803. The tour is conducted in association with the Friends of The Collins Settlement.
This is the site of Victoria’s first European settlement, led by Lieutenant Governor Collins in 1803 and is also the place from where convict William Buckley escaped.
Depending upon interest and time available, the Display Centre can be opened. Here you can gain more information from the volunteers and pick up information sheets.
A short guided walk takes you to where the settlement was located. There are two viewing platforms overlooking the Bay. See the early graves and take the opportunity to walk the Dorothy Houghton track around the Eastern Sister at Sullivan Bay.
The Quarantine Station
For the Parks Victoria Visitor Guide click HERE
This tour visits the historic Quarantine Station located at Point Nepean. The tour features the history of The Quarantine Station and the experience of those that came to Victoria and were Quarantined.
The tour can be tailored to suit the mobility of your group, with plenty to see on the flatter ground and for those who fancy a walk, there are more buildings with spectacular views further up the hill.
Please note that NHS guides only have access to those buildings opened daily to the general public by Parks Victoria.
The Forts of Point Nepean
For the Parks Victoria Visitor Guide click HERE
Often taken in association with The Quarantine Station Tour, This tour takes you down to the spectacular views at Point Nepean where you are taken on a guided exploration of the main gun emplacements and their tunnels. It includes steps, underground rooms, steep descents and small spaces. Appropriate footwear is advised.
Note: This tour requires that the Point Nepean Shuttle Bus be booked as it is the only motorised access to the Point. For more information on the Point Nepean Shuttle Bus ph.(03) 5986 5666 or click HERE
Alternatively, it is a 5km round trip walk to Point Nepean from Gunners Cottage which is the furthest point you can drive your car/bus. For a map of the Point Nepean walking tracks click HERE
A combined tour of the Quarantine Station and Fort Nepean is available upon request.
Mornington Peninsula National Park
The Mornington Peninsula National Park runs from London Bridge (pictured) in the West to Cape Schanck in the East with many localities that your group can visit. Our History inspired tour, concentrates on the circular track at Sorrento Back Beach where we reveal the holiday activities of a bygone era as we take in the views from scenic vantage points.
For the Walking Tour, appropriate footwear and clothing is required. It includes steep climbs, stairs, dirt tracks and is weather dependant.
While some sites within the Mornington Peninsula National Park are available directly by bus, there are various levels of walking difficulty with many others.
Our tours are run entirely by volunteers, which enables us to provide excellent value. Because each tour can be very different, we don’t quote prices here, but please complete the ‘Enquiry Form’ below and our team will get back to you as soon as possible (Please note that as we are volunteers this may not be immediate).
Minimum numbers may be required for some tours.
Tour Enquiry Form
We look forward to showing you around our fabulous part of the Southern Peninsula.
The NHS Tour Group
The Nepean Historical Society is a Licensed Tour Operator with Parks Victoria (CA1488)