From Melbourne, heading coastal, to the southern most point of the Mornington Peninsula about 90 minutes, takes you to Point Nepean. This area is rich in military history, and home to both the original Quarantine Station dating back to 1852, and the Fort Nepean tunnels and forts, the latter we will visit at a later stage.
We were very lucky to visit on a warm and calm sunny day, which lent itself to picnicking, our only danger the sunburn as it was difficult to find a bench in the shade.
Shepherds Hut, below, is the oldest building of the settlement, dating back to the 1840's. The settlement itself was built in the 1850's, its original residents passengers of the Ticonderoga which was striken by Yellow Fever. Many people died, and some apparently ran off to seek their fortunes at the goldfields. It served to quarantine immigrants right up until 1999 when refugees from Kosovo were stationed here.
Walking around the old settlement, one speculates about the challenges at the time of maintaining a separation between the classes. Old photos exist of rudimentary fences running through the settlement, and people on either side of the fence being quite social but yet respectful of the barrier.
Stepping through the sand, with the sound of the wind in our ears, and then following through glades of tea trees, the sounds of other visitors faded into the background.
However with the heat, we ran out of time and energy to head for the Battlements. To do this region justice, one really needs to stay overnight so that there is leisurely time to explore.