View Port Phillip Heads from a new perspective and explore areas only accessible by boat. An exhilarating journey highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of southern Port Phillip Bay.
Discovery Tour - Our Discovery tour is a taste of what Southern Port Phillip Bay has to offer. The 1 hour and 15 minute Discovery tour is an ideal timeframe for the families with young children.
Once you leave the Queenscliff Harbour, the history of the Port Phillip Bay lighthouses and shipping channels will be highlighted as we traverse the bay to Point Nepean. Point Nepean offers glimpses of the notorious Rip, unveiling the shipwreck past of the early settlers and the present day technology and services allowing ships to enter the Port of Melbourne. As we drift past Fort Nepean into Nepean Bay Marine National Park, the rich military history of Port Phillip Bay will be unravelled. Nepean Bay offers a sheltered viewport of the Bay, with views back to Queenscliff.
Cruising east from Point Nepean we traverse the dolphin sanctuary, where pods of dolphins can be seen frolicking in the waters of Portsea Quarantine Station. From here we shift our direction north to the Bayís resident Australian Fur Seal haul out at Chinamanís Hat. Itís a great photo opportunity as the seals bask in the sun. Then as we near the end of our trip we return via the Australasian Gannet colony at Popeís Eye, just in time for lunch.
Explorer Tour - View Port Phillip Heads from a new perspective and explore areas only accessible by boat. This is a diverse and dynamic tour which changes to compliment the weather conditions. Itís an unforgettable two and half hour round trip which explores Southern Port Phillip Bay. As we exit the harbour and head towards the Point Lonsdale lighthouse, we will explain the shipwreck history of the past, and the present day technology and services in place to assist ships entering and exiting Port Phillip Bay. At the Point Lonsdale lighthouse we will explore the western and eastern reefs of the Rip. Screens on board the boat allow real time rendered images of the sea floor to be viewed from the comfort of your seat.
If weather conditions permit we will safely venture out through the Rip enlightening you about the waters and why it is so treacherous. We will head along sandstone escarpments of the east coast to Cheviot Beach, viewing pieces of maritime history along the way. Upon re-entering the Rip, we pass Point Nepean and head into Nepean Bay. Along the bay sits many military fortifications which protected Melbourne during the World Wars.
We continue along the Mornington Peninsula into the dolphin sanctuary and past the Portsea Quarantine Station, and the exclusive waterfront residences along Sorrento. As we near the end of the two and half hours we will return via the Australian Fur Seal haul out and Australasian Gannet colony.
Mud Islands Guided Walk Tour - Mud Islands are a group of three islands surrounding a shallow tidal lagoon. They are the surface expression of the great sands of southern Port Phillip Bay. These three beautiful sand islands form the essential breeding area for colonies of ibis, pelicans, spoonbills, cormorants, silver gulls and terns, and provide an important habitat and feeding ground for migratory shorebirds.
Our tour includes an exclusive guided walk around the three Islands, where you can view the skyline of Melbourne or the cliffs of Portsea, watch the various seabirds adventure out to sea or feed in the shallows around Mud Islands.
Itís a fantastic opportunity for bird enthusiasts to explore this unique RAMSAR international wetland conservation area or those wanting to see exclusive areas of Port Phillip Bay.
South Channel Fort Tour - South Channel fort is a unique and highly significant 19th Century artificial island, built as part of the strategic defense network of Port Phillip. The fort features old gun emplacements, a labyrinth of underground passages and stunning views over the bay.
Our 2 hour tour takes you on a voyage across Port Phillip Bay to South Channel Fort for a guided walk of the island, encompassing access to the underground passages, small lobbies and magazines only accessible via licensed tour operators. On the return voyage from South Channel Fort we will visit the Australian Fur Seal haul out at Chinamanís Hat and the Australasian Gannet colony at Popeís Eye.