Point Nepean National Park, Portsea

26 December - 8 January

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Thanks for a great season this summer. We'll be back again at Point Nepean/The Briars for another great season and we hope to see you then!.

Welcome to Barefoot
Cinema Portsea

You arrive at Barefoot Cinema and are greeted by the sweet sounds of a great local artist and breathtaking views across Port Phillip Bay.

Grab yourself something to eat and an icy cold drink as you sit back and take in the fun festival atmosphere, soak up the rich history of the Commanding Officer’s House and enjoy the breathtaking views and sunsets.

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.

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How to get there

If taking an Uber or Taxi, just ask your driver to drop you off at Policeman’s point or the entrance to Point Nepean National Park.

Then 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 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.

Once you arrive, look out for a member of the Barefoot crew who will be able to show you how to get to the site. Please click here to see the bus 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.

Seating arrangements

General admission seating

No seats are provided in the general admission area, but there is plenty of room for your own beanbag, picnic rug or low back chair. It’s also pretty comfy on the grass!

Pleases keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for someone spending the whole night looking at the back of your chair. There will be designated areas towards the back or sides of the venue for anyone with a high back chair.

Jalna VIP Lounge

Treat yourself with an upgrade to the Jalna VIP Lounge and make this a really special night out. Each VIP upgrade includes:*

  • your choice of a reclining chair or beanbag within our premium seating area;
  • a free drink and popcorn;
  • complimentary blanket hire; and
  • waited service during the film.

There are no allocated seats in the Jalna VIP Lounge, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot for you and your friends.

*VIP upgrade tickets are only valid together with a general admission ticket.

We offer a wide range of food & drinks

We offer a wide range of food & drinks

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History of this site

Point Nepean National Park has many uses over the years and is an incredibly historic location. It was originally inhabited by the Bunurong people for many years and it is still a very important place to them.

More recently, Point Nepean was the quarantine station used by the early settlers and it also 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 is the “Commanding Officer’s House” which was first built in 1899 and was previously 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.

Barefoot Cinema acknowledges the Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation as a Traditional Owner of this land. We respect and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples history and heritage and their continuing spiritual connection to the land and seas. We value their living culture and practices and their right to self-determination.

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