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The Mornington Peninsula National Park is one of Victoria's popular summer holiday parks covering an area of 2,686 ha, with a diverse coastal environment ranging from basalt cliffs at Cape Schanck, native bushland of Greens Bush, and the roaring surf of Gunnamatta.

There is also the historic Point Nepean with the old fortifications interpreted by displays and soundscapes, as well as the spectacular views of Port Phillip Heads.

Heritage
The Mornington Peninsula coastline was occupied by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years, as they gathered  foods, including shellfish, in the region. Today, there are extensive shell middens reminders of their presence, although most sites are in remote places, but all are protected by the Archaeological and Aboriginal Relics Preservation Act 1972.
 

An early Ocean Beach Reserve was established at Sorrento last century, with walking tracks and shelters. Cape Schanck Coastal Park was established in 1975, to become Point Nepean National Park in 1988, when part of the historic Point Nepean area, previously closed to the public for more than 100 years, was transferred from the Commonwealth to the State. In 1995, the park was renamed Mornington Peninsula National Park.

As well as the rich Aboriginal history, dating back over 40,000 years, the region includes the remains of European settlement. The area known as Point Nepean includes the Quarantine Station, established on the shores of Port Phillip Bay in 1852. It was used to protect the colony of Melbourne from ship borne diseases. The Point Nepean Cemetery contains burials from the 1850's and are historically linked to the early European settlement, quarantine, shipwrecks and defence. Fort Nepean contains an extensive system of fortifications built from the 1880's through to the World War I and II, and interpretive displays and audiovisuals located in several areas, tell the story of the defence.

The Australian Heritage Commission has listed the historic values on Point Nepean on the Register of National Estate. and the area is also classified by the National Trust for its landscape values, including the western extremity of the Nepean Peninsula.

Flora and Fauna
Mornington Peninsula National Park, together with Arthur's Seat State Park contain the largest and most important areas of native vegetation remaining on the Mornington Peninsula. This native vegetation include coastal dune scrub and grassy forests, banksia woodlands, coastal heathlands, heathy woodlands, riparian forests, and swamps.

The park is also home to 32 mammal species, 167 birds, 22 reptiles, 7 amphibians and 2 freshwater fish species. Greens Bush supports the largest population of Eastern Grey Kangaroos on the Mornington Peninsula, with Highfield being a good area for viewing kangaroos.

A remote and protected location in Point Nepean is a home to animals that include bandicoots and the New Holland Mouse, and the intertidal zone is a habitat for a wide variety of shellfish and marine invertebrates.

Some important regionally species include the White-footed Dunnart, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Black Wallaby, Singing Honeyeater, Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater, Blue-winged Parrot and Hooded Plover.

Source: Parks Victoria - Mornington Peninsula National Park

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