OCS Portsea and Quarantine Station – viewed from Port Phillip
Please review the optional items listed below the Program table and indicate your preferences to help us determine what we should coordinate/arrange to ensure everyone has a great experience.

Day

Time

Activity

Notes

Day 1 (Arrival)

Tue 10 April

Up to 5:00 pm Optional local attractions – own arrangements, individual payment
  • Portsea Pub
    3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea VIC 3944
  • Local wineries (50+)
    – web search “Mornington Peninsula Wine Tours
  • Ferry to Queenscliff
  • Tour Fort Queenscliff
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Welcome Function

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron
2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie VIC 3942
7:00 pm onwards Dinner groups Own arrangements, own cost
– dinner can be at the Yacht Squadron
Day 2 (Main Day)

Wed 11 Apr

09:00 – 09:30 am Arrival at former OCS site. To Information Centre for briefing and coffee.
09:30 am –1:00 pm Walking tours of former OCS lines Break into groups of 20
Tour Point Nepean National Park Park shuttle bus – hop on, hop off
Series of 15 min talks Cadets Mess
1.00 – 3.30 pm

Sandwich lunch

and socialising on the Commandant’s lawn

Army Band playing

Flyover 2:00 pm (TBC)

2:30 – 3:30 pm Return to accommodation Own arrangements
4:30 – 5:00 pm Return to OCS
5:30 – 6:15 pm Flag lowering ceremony Last Post, Abide with Me.

“Fallen Comrades” – Parade Ground

6:00 – 7:00 pm Pre-dinner drinks Dress: Suit (Mess Dress / black tie optional)
Army Band
Bagpipes – Badcoe Hall
7:00 – 10:30 pm

Formal Dinner

10:00 – 11:30 pm Carriages Own arrangements
Day 3 (Recovery)

Thu 12 Apr

08:00 – 12:30 pm Optional activities and excursions – individual payment
  • Recovery breakfast – Bistro Elba
  • Pope’s Eye
  • Portsea Pub
    3746 Point Nepean Rd, Portsea VIC 3944
  • Local wineries (50+)
    – web search “Mornington Peninsula Wine Tours
  • Ferry to Queenscliff
  • Tour Fort Queenscliff
12:30 – 2:30 Winery  – “Cups Estate” Suggested meet up for lunch
– Own arrangements (need to book)
Local Activities

Time Coordinated Activities

Please select the best time option for an activity if you are likely to participate. This will enable us to advise/warn the organiser/operator of likely numbers, and help us obtain a group discount if one is available.

Please Note:

  • All activity payments are to be paid directly to the organiser/company by individuals
  • The suggested times (our best guess) are subject to change, depending on interest
  • If later you would like to change an indication of your interest please use the contact form

Queenscliff – Sorrento Ferry - 40 minute journey - $24 return

Please take the earlier ferry if you are likely to require more than 20 minutes to go 1.6km from the ferry terminal to Fort Queenscliff for the tour

Fort Queenscliff – tour (guide being arranged) - $15

Pope's Eye, Dolphins - Polperro – Observer ~ $45 group rate, Swimmer $150

Brunch at Bistro Elba – Sorrento - payment to cafe after meal

8:00am sitting for those dashing off home, or catching 10:00am ferry

Lunch at The Cups Estate – Fingal - wine tasting and Tapas lunch - payment to winery

Please book well in advance

Point Nepean National Park – bus $10 – from Info Centre

Other Interesting Places and Activities

 

Cheviot Beach: ShipwreckPrime Minister Holt

–  visit at your leisure

Quarantine Station

– open most of the time – no charge

Winery tours

– to be arranged by or between individuals – but see “The Cups Estate”, above. If you prefer not to self-drive, here are a few of several better-rated tour organisers available:
Elevate Wine Tours

Amour of the Grape

Peninsula Wine Tours

Wine Compass

Individual wineries, and wines

recommended by your organising team members:
Yabby Lake – chardonnay, some Heathcote Estate reds available – winery close to Melbourne
Quealyquirky!   pinot noir, pinot gris, pinot grigio, pobblebonk (try it!)