Police Point Respite Program

Police Point Respite Cottages

The Mornington Peninsula Shire is offering a wonderful opportunity to carers of people with disability by providing short term respite accommodation at the historic Police Point Respite Cottages situated in Portsea.

The purpose of the program is to provide a relaxing break in an interesting and peaceful environment to people who would not otherwise be in a position to take a break away from their normal stresses in life at an affordable rate within a beautiful location on the Mornington Peninsula.   

About the Police Point Shire Park & Respite Cottages

Staying at the historical Police Point Shire Park is a truly unique experience. The Respite Cottages are situated on the 17.5 hectare Police Point Shire Park, Portsea, which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD. With its outstanding coastal scenery and panoramic views of Bass Strait, the park has a rich history that played an important role in shaping the early settlement, quarantine and defence of Victoria.

There are only four cottages in the park used for accommodation, three of these are used for respite care and one is used for an artist-in-residence program, also run by the Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The renovated 2 and 3 bedroom cottages are fully contained with a sitting room, kitchen and dining room, bathroom, vegetable boxes and verandah.

What is respite care?

Caring for someone with disability can be a valuable and rewarding experience, but there are times when you might need a break. Respite care allows you to have a break from your everyday life. At Police Point Respite Cottages you can relax in an interesting and peaceful environment from 2 – 6 nights and come back feeling refreshed.

Am I eligible?

If you are caring for a person with disability without getting paid, you are an unpaid carer, or a family carer. Caring is not your occupation, but something you do as a spouse, partner, parent, sibling or perhaps as a friend, neighbour or young carer. You don’t have to be related to someone to be a carer.

If you are a carer, you are eligible to stay at Police Point Respite Cottages. You can bring your family along too, but please keep in mind that respite means having a break from the person you care for. The cottages are not wheelchair accessible.

If the above criteria don’t describe your situation, but you are in need of a respite break, get in touch with us at respite@mornpen.vic.gov.au and we will consider your individual circumstances.

How to book and pricing


Clients can book directly via our online form. Once eligibility is confirmed, the Mornington Peninsula Shire will make contact with the relevant parties to confirm the booking and take payment.

Length of stay

Duration of stay is 2-14 nights. 


Pay less per night the longer you stay.

  • $240 / 2 nights
  • $300 / 3 nights
  • $400 / 4 nights
  • $500 / 5 nights
  • $600 / 6 nights
  • $650 / 7 nights
  • $1000 / 2 weeks

Authorised Agencies

To be able to refer clients, you need to register your agency with us. Please complete the Authorised Agency form(PDF, 43KB).  

Please contact the Mornington Peninsula Shire on respite@mornpen.vic.gov.au to register your interest.

What do we ask of authorised referring agencies?

  • Appoint a primary contact person. This is to ensure consistency of information and easier troubleshooting if required.
  • Ensure the person/people you are referring to the respite cottages are legitimately in need of affordable respite. Given that we expect high demand in time, we want to ensure that people who are genuinely in need, access the program. Rather than us seeking evidence of their situation, we will accept that when you provide the referral on the person’s behalf, you are certifying their legitimacy.