You arrive at Barefoot Cinema and are greeted by beautiful views from every angle, whether it be the majestic charm of the Commanding Officer’s House, the picturesque outlook over the natural amphitheatre and out towards Port Phillip Bay or the fun festival atmosphere within the Barefoot Bar and food truck area. The live music being played by some great local artists only adds to the experience.
As the sun tucks itself away into the ocean, the lights come on and the venue is transformed into a truly magical outdoor cinema. This experience will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your summer.
In addition to our premium recliners in the VIP lounge, there are a number of unreserved chairs available at Barefoot Cinema Portsea, but not enough for everyone – so make sure you get there early to get a good seat. Also, one of the key benefits of being set within a natural amphitheatre is that you can very comfortably sit or lay on the grass and still have a perfect view of the screen.
For those of you who are more organised than most, there is plenty of room for your own beanbag, picnic rug or low back chair. We just ask that you keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for the people behind you if they have to spend the whole night watching the back of your chair!
While finding a taxi over summer on the Mornington Peninsula can be a bit like trying to find true love, if you do manage to get one, just ask them to drop you off at Policeman’s point or the entrance to Point Nepean National Park. Once you arrive, keep an eye out for a member of the Barefoot crew who will be able to show you how to get to the site.
There is some parking available at Barefoot Cinema, but it is strictly limited to 70 cars and car parking tickets must be pre-purchased online. Tickets cost $5 per car.
The car park is located immediately to the left as you enter Point Nepean National Park (at the old information centre). The Barefoot crew will be there showing you where to park and how to get to the site, once you arrive.
The Frankston to Portsea Route 788 public bus will take you right to the entrance of Point Nepean National Park, but will not be running at the end of the night. If you do take the public bus to Barefoot Cinema, look out for a member of the Barefoot crew who will be able to show you how to get to the site once you arrive. Please click here to see the timetable.
Disabled parking is available free of charge directly behind the site of Barefoot Cinema. Please speak to one of the Barefoot crew when you arrive at Point Nepean National Park and they will be able to show you where to park and how to get to the site.
Point Nepean National Park is an incredibly historic site. It is a very important place to the indigenous Bunurong people who inhabited the area for many centuries, it was once the quarantine station used by the early settlers and it played an important role in Victoria’s and Australia’s military for many years, including throughout the First and Second World Wars.
The specific site of Barefoot Cinema in Portsea was first built in 1899 and is most commonly known as the Commanding Officer’s House as it was most recently home to the Commanding Officer of the Victorian and Australian military forces. The building is also known as the Medical Superintendent’s House as it was originally built for that purpose.
The Commanding Officer’s House is sited on a headland with commanding views across Port Phillip Bay towards Queenscliff and north towards Arthur’s Seat, Mt Martha and Mt Eliza. It is a focal point within the Quarantine Station.