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Fish & Chip Lunch & Sail

Enjoy a great days outing – Fish & Chips on the beach at RORO Cafe in Queenscliff includes a return foot passenger ticket.  Sail to lunch from Sorrento, or sail before or after lunch from Queenscliff.  Spend the day exploring the bay and either historic village.   

Package includes fish & chip box and a bottle of water at RORO Cafe on the Beach, Queenscliff and a return foot passenger ticket.  Valid Wednesdays only, to 30 November 2017.

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 SPECIAL SENIORS OFFER – SAVE 35% – Only $22

 Valid WEDNESDAYS only in September, October and November, 2017 for seniors card holders.  Book online only and use the promo code MINI to get this offer. Must present seniors card at time of check in.

Book the Seniors Special Offer Here

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Australia Day BBQ

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Join us on board this Australia Day, sail the Bay and indulge in a good old fashion Aussie BBQ. Available for purchase will be the only thing necessary for an aussie BBQ…. snags in bread & beer!

Local Beers & Wines available for purchase

From 12 noon onwards until sold out. BBQ on both vessels.

See you on board!

The 2 Sides are very different……

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Friends from the US visited last weekend, and of course, with the election day looming, the conversation turned to the potential outcome.  Who knew! Best friends rooting (that is American for barracking) for the opposite sides.  It was hilarious!  Each time one left the room, the other would get in my ear about how evil Clinton is or how looney Trump is.  Needless to say we steered clear of the topic for most of the time, however, did manage to cover the death penalty, gun control and the first amendment!  Exhausting,  All this heavy banter whilst acting as tour guide of our beautiful peninsulas.

As a local, we want to show our international visitors the best of the best, so for these well travelled San Franciscans, who were a bit jet lagged, water views, the beaches, awesome food and wine was on the list for the weekend.

Day one we jumped on the ferry in Queenscliff, drove to Sorrento back beach for a walk and soak up the gorgeous ocean views.  Next stop Sorrento main street for a bit of retail therapy, then lunch at the newly reopened Baths.  A window seat overlooking our beautiful bay, fresh seafood and a Mornington Peninsula Pinot to wash it all down, certainly helped veer the conversation away from US politics.  Next stop Red Hill Epicurean for a good coffee.  They looove our coffee (go Aussie baristas) and then a quick Pinot taste at a winery. They looove our Pinot.  What’s not to love?

“How lucky am I to live in Australia right now”

A picturesque drive through the still green, hinterland on the way back to the last ferry was topped off with a magical twilight sky and dolphins.  As one of my friends said, “it doesn’t get better than this”.

Next day, after a sleep in it was agreed a slower day was needed, so a short drive to the seaside village of Barwon Heads was just what the doctored ordered.  A beach walk, more retail therapy, more seafood and wine overlooking the water, topped off with a homemade sweet treat at Annie’s Providore & Produce Store.  They were suitably impressed.

What is it about travelling and our obsession with comparing it to other places.  “Oh Sorrento is gorrrrgeous, it reminds me of Santa Barbara”, and the coastal villages of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove “look just like our beach towns south of the Bay.”  I do it too, Vancouver reminds me of Melbourne.

The 2 sides of the Bay are very different, just like my friends political opinions, but both offer very Australian experiences.

Over coffee, the talk turned to what they have noticed on their visit.  The list was long and I was proud.  Here’s a summary – warm, friendly, happy people, very clean, not overcrowded, so beautiful, lots of space, seems less complicated than the US…….the list goes on.  So if my job was to impress – job done.  But more importantly, my friends visit gave me the opportunity to reflect on where I live, what I value and the Aussie disposition.  I went to school in America so have always had an affinity with the country, but as I said goodbye to my friends, I thought “How lucky am I to live in Australia right now”.  Today, the fate of the election will be known. I hope when I visit my friends in San Francisco in a few years time, they will be happy with the outcome and America will be great again…….. for them.

A Shoestring Journey – Queenscliff Fort

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TIGHT AR$E SCOTTY @ the Queenscliff Fort

Promo codes, coupons, gumtree, Aldi special buys, Hard rubbish collections…. these are just some of my favourite things. I like to think of myself as frugal, a lover of a bargain. Forever in search of a good deal and an appreciator of good value for money, or as my wife likes to call me, a tight ar$e… lovingly and affectionately I’m sure !?!

I had no choice really when it came to my thrifty ways. Born from Scottish stock I was guaranteed a few things; A penchant for beer and whisky, a pasty white complexion and the ability to squeeze a 1000 cents out of a dollar.

So it is in this blog that I am hoping to share with you some opportunities to have fun and indulge in new experiences, all the while going home with some change in the pocket.

My first stop on this shoestring journey is the Queenscliff Fort. It’s amazing how perceptions of tours run by volunteers at memorials, prisons, historical buildings and forts are that of boredom. However, those perceptions couldn’t be more ill-conceived! Whilst on the surface they may not seem that sexy and entertaining they are more often than not surprisingly interesting and impactful. If nothing they else they always put our modern day lives into perspective. 

“Definitely gets my thumbs up for an incredible day out on a shoe string budget.”

So I begin my day by sailing the Bay on the ferry ($11 each way), grabbing a coffee at RORO café on the beach ($4.50) and taking the scenic walk along the coastline up to the visible Queenscliff Fort. Surrounded by high brick walls it is clear where we are heading and what its intended purpose was. Similar to that of a prison of a bygone era rather than to keep people in, it was built to keep people out. On first entrance you are greeted by one of the friendliest security guards you will ever meet. My experience with most security guards to this point has been them passing judgement ON my fashion choices before letting me in to a club. Once in the fort you can immediately see the amazing views, beautiful gardens and surrounds in which the fort exists. Talk about prime real estate!

The next and most important step in the process involves me clutching to my wallet as I have to now engage in commerce and pay for the tour. $12.00! 12 whole dollars! I am filled with tight ar$e glee as any activity that fills an hour and half at 13 cents a minute is a big tick for me.

We are greeted by our extremely entertaining and informative tour guide. Made up of volunteers, it never ceases to amaze me how places like the Queenscliff Fort can find such passionate and informative people to conduct tours out of their love for history and place. The tour takes you across most of the site (Queenscliff Fort is still an active military base so some areas are off limits) and transports you back to a time not so long ago which was vastly different to that of our own. A period of time that is hard to comprehend in some aspects but that was so important to laying the foundations for which our country and lives are built on now. The quaint town of Queenscliff played such an important role in our military history, and was always on the cusp of playing a much larger role had it ever come to that. 

As the tour draws to a close after many interesting stories you are taken into a bunker where kids (and adults if they choose) can dress up and reenact life at Queenscliff Fort in an interactive environment. The tour concludes at the museum gallery where you can read more stories, view artefacts and purchase souvenirs if you wish.

Now for the important stuff….


THE SHOESTRING BUDGET

Coffee @ RORO Café on the Beach – $4:50
Queenscliff Fort Tour – Adult-$12 Child-$6 Family – $30
Return Foot Passenger Ferry (required if coming from Mornington Peninsula) – Adult $22 Child $8 Family $66 



All in all this was a fantastic day out while definitely not breaking the bank. Also considering days like this can be life changing, and I mean that in the sense of shifting your perspective. We live in an incredible time of liberty and while we still have a long way to go it is nice to understand where we came from and the sacrifices that were made for us by men & women of an era hopefully never forgotten. Definitely gets my thumbs up for an incredible day out on a shoe string budget.

For more info on the Fort: fortqueenscliff.com.au/

Verve Beachside Package

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Verve Beachside specialises in a premium collection of high-quality homes and apartments offering a discerning lifestyle experience – Verve Beachside offers a Concierge service and is on-call to make your stay unique and memorable. We can arrange everything for your complete holiday experience, weekend escape, conference or special event! All the components of the quintessential Australian holiday experience are available through Verve Beachside 

Buy a Return or One Way sailing with a vehicle on the ferry and receive 3 Nights Accomodation for the price of 2 at any of Verve’s properties. 

Verve Beachside Package

One Way (from) Return (from)
• 3 Nights for the Price of 2 Accomodation voucher
• Ferry Travel with a car 

$62

$114

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Maritime Museum – War At Sea Exhibition

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FREE Museum Entry to WAR AT SEA: The Navy in WW1

Sail to Queenscliff, take a short stroll to Queenscliffe Maritime Museum to experience this travelling exhibition.  Discover the stories & raw personal accounts of Royal Australia Navy sailors in  this graphic panel exhibition.

The Museum is open daily from 10.30am until 4.30pm, and the exhibition will run until end November.

Only $22 includes return foot passenger ticket & entry to Museum.

Return Adult Package

Includes:
– Return foot passenger ferry ticket
– Entry into the War at Sea Exhibition

$22

Sail to Lunch

 
 

Sail to lunch  & indulge with delicious food from the menu at RORO Café on the Beach, Queenscliff.  Head to Queenscliff aboard Searoad Ferries and walk a few steps to RORO Café on the Beach.  Enjoy the best Bay views!  Lunch includes a Main Course selection from our Specials Board, a Sweet Treat and a glass of regional wine. Includes return ferry* travel.

March – November $39 per person

December – Feb $47 per person

For those already on the Bellarine, we offer Lunch and Sail – Lunch at RORO Café on the Beach, Queenscliff and sail before or after dining.

*Bookings essential and only available online. Maximum booking 8 people. *Ferry travel is one, open return foot passenger ticket valid only on the day of dining.   Subject to availability.  Ferry ticket is not refundable or transferable. Not available Long weekends, public holidays, special event days ie mothers/fathers day.

Wildlife Coast Cruises | Seal Watching Cruise Package

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Enjoy a beautiful trip across Port Phillip bay on the ferry and continue on to Phillip Island to experience a spectacular two hour coastal wildlife cruise, and an up-close encounter with thousands of seals at Australia’s largest fur seal colony!

Seal Rocks is situated 2kms off the south west coast of Phillip Island.
The boat drifts within meters of the seals, enabling you to witness them in their natural environment first hand. It is impossible not to be captivated by these naturally playful and inquisitive animals, as they regularly approach the boat for a closer look at you!
Along the way you’ll be enthralled by the beautiful coastline and learn all about the history of Phillip Island’s western shoreline.

Seal Watching Cruise Includes
• 2 Hour scenic coastal cruise
• An average of 5000+ seals sighted up close
• Complimentary afternoon or morning tea
• Variety of seabirds & regular dolphin sightings
• Educational commentary
• Historical sights
• Children activities
• Warm undercover viewing


To avoid disappointment please contact Wildlife Coast Cruises to book cruise time ph:1300 763 739. Cruises may be subject to change due to weather and sea conditions.

Cruises are run 2.00pm Daily from cCowes Jetty, Phillip Island (Please check homepage for availability)

Extra cruises in summer and school holidays – please check availability (11:30am & 4:30pm)

Seal Watching Cruise Couples Package

One Way Return
• Seal Watching Cruise
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 people

$213

$274

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Extra Adult $82 $94
Extra Child $57 $64

Seal Watching Cruise Family  Package

One Way Return
• Seal Watching Cruise
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 Adults & 2 Children

$274

$342

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Extra Adult $82 $94
Extra Child $57 $64

 

 

 

 

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Green Olive @ Red Hill – Travel & Indulge

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Green Olive is an award-winning food tourism business, they grow olives, grapes, herbs and vegies, raise sheep, chooks and fish and turn amazing produce from local farmers into a range of goodies you’ll love.

The best way to discover Green Olive is with the Farmers Lunch, Tapas & Wine Package. Be immersed in a fully edible landscape at Green Olive at Red Hill. A true food lover’s paradise! This is a unique agritourism concept where all the food and wine served is based around what is grown on the property.

Sit down, admire the view of the vineyard, the kitchen garden and the ducks on the dam whilst enjoying a selection of seasonal farm grown tapas dishes with a glass of Kelpie Bridge wine. It will certainly be farm experience to remember.

The Farmers Lunch includes:

  • A glass of Kelpie Bridge wine or a cold drink for each person
  • A selection of 4 tapas dishes, of your choice from the menu, to share between 2 people
  • A farm made dessert, of your choice, for each person
  • A farm roasted coffee or loose leaf tea for each person

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Green Olive Farmers Lunch Couples Package

One Way Return
• 4 Tapas Dishes, Dessert, Wine & Coffee
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 people

$160

$215

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GPAC – Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Home is where the art is…

Art and community, growth in activity, innovation, outstanding spaces and people – a region renowned for its artistic energy and engagement.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre (GPAC) was built on the enthusiasm and commitment of the Greater Geelong Community with a need for a high quality facility for the benefit of our artists and audiences.

GPAC opened in 1981 with performing arts, functions, events and customer service in mind. With over nine spaces, it boasts two theatres, four conference and event spaces, a restaurant and cafe.

Today it is a well utilised facility providing a wide range of performances and events and the opportunity for participation in the performing arts. The organisation is committed to excellence in all that it does, ensuring an exciting and bright future.

GPAC is one of a group of state owned cultural agencies including Victorian Arts Centre, Museum Victoria, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria, Australian Centre for Moving Image and Film Victoria.GPACGPAC

 

Sail the High Seas during the School Holidays

Ahoy me mateys! If you’re looking for something to do these school holidays then get your crew down to Searoad Ferries for some serious fun, with all onboard activities free with the purchase of a ferry ticket.

Searoad Ferries certainly knows how to entertain the kids, with balloon artists, animal puppets, marine education and live creatures all on the program these school holidays. The ferry is also decked out with a playground, colouring corner, and binoculars to help the kids see the bay, coast and marine animals up close. We know kids are always hungry, so the café is bound to please. It also serves serious coffee for the adults!

The program runs on selected days and sailing times from Friday 25 March to Wednesday 6 April and you can find the schedule on our website here.

Why not make a day of it! Bring your car or explore on foot, with lots to see and do in Queenscliff and Sorrento.

Visit www.searoad.com.au for dates, sailing times and online bookings.

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Capture lasting memories onboard Searoad Ferries

Even if you are not an expert photographer you know that the subject matter by the sea is very rich. Boats, sea, sky, birds, beach, wild life, sun, ropes, flags, and people – any combination of these can make for a winning image. The colours alone can create spectacular backdrops courtesy of Mother Nature including sunsets, sunrises and wondrous cloud formations.

Whether you are an expert photographer or simply have a smart phones with a quality camera you can take a great shot of your Searoad experience by simply following a few of these steps:

Follow the rule of thirds
Professional photographers often follow the ‘rule of thirds’ which is the concept of breaking the image into a grid of nine squares using two horizontal lines and two vertical lines (some camera and smart phones have this grid built in). Any aspect you wish to focus on should be placed along the lines or at their intersections. For example, a horizon line should sit directly on one of these lines or a feature such as a boat should be placed at the intersection of two lines. The rule of thirds creates balance which is aesthetically pleasing to the eye! The intention is to avoid dividing a photo in half with a horizon line or placing the subject directly in the centre.

Consider the use of filters or black and white
This can give images a unique feel and can highlight texture and shape or extreme contrast. Smart phones have a range of options on the standard camera or take it a step further and consider using additional apps to expand the choices.

Break the rules
Rules are made to be broken right? Think about taking non-traditional shots – shooting into the light, taking just a section of a feature or mixing up the composition. You will be amazed at what you may create. It may not always give you the desired outcome but you may just catch a shot that is truly spectacular.

We encourage you to join our social media channels and share and tag any of your shots online with @searoadferries #searoadferries

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Searoad Ferries crowned best in Australia

Victoria’s favourite ferry service has anchored itself as the best in Australia after sailing into top position at the 2015 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.  The team proudly accepted the gold trophy for the category of Major Tour and Transport Services.

Searoad Ferries was the winner of the state award for the third consecutive year gaining Hall of Fame status. The win at state level elevated the entry to the national awards where the team proudly took out the category.

The competition from across the nation is tough with major tour and transport operators all vying for the title but it was Searoad Ferries continued commitment to service and improvement that is believed to have garnered the win.
Providing more than just a transport option with many special events, services and activities on-board, the bay crossings have become a ‘must-do’ for locals and visitors to Victoria.

Among the recent special events and attractions on board are High Tea on the High Seas, Summer Sunset Cruises, school holiday activities and the upcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – Wine Food Farmgate. Searoad Ferries is number one in customer satisfaction, with a 99.9 per cent reliability record from 8,850 crossings during the last year.

Searoad Ferries thanks all the valued staff and passengers who have contributed to this win, we look forward to continuing our high standard of service and enhancing the ferry experience.

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How deep is your love?

Is your love as deep as the ocean? As high as the sky? With Valentine’s Day fast approaching Searoad Ferries has a unique experience for you and your special someone to experience the beauty of Port Phillip Bay on a Sunset Sailing experience.

Held on Valentine’s eve Saturday the 13th of February the cruise will take you on an intimate exploration of the Bay with departures from Sorrento and Queenscliff.  The perfect way to spend some quality time just the two of you as you relax and enjoy the breathtaking views and spectacular sunset.

Passengers on the Sunset Sailings receive a regional tasting platter, a complimentary drink on arrival, tea and coffee, and live music. Drinks can be purchased at bar prices throughout the night.

All of Searoad’s onboard facilities are available for passengers to enjoy, including the comfortable lounges, full length windows for maximum viewing, external viewing decks and outdoor seating, onboard café and children’s play area.

From Queenscliff departing at 7.00pm and returning at 10.30pm $85 per person.
From Sorrento departing at 8pm and returning at 9.45pm $75 per person.

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Flavours of the Bay

Looking for a cruisy afternoon activity where you can let the worries of the world float away on the sea breeze? Searoad Ferries ‘Flavours of the Bay’ is the perfect solution.

Sail the Bay on an indulgent 2 hour return sailing in the stylish, private lounge and bar – P.O.S.H @ The Portsea Lounge.

Included in the experience is a regional tasting platter featuring some of the finest artisan products from both the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas accompanied by a complimentary beverage, choose from local wine, cider, ale or select from the bar menu.

Take in the sights of sea and shore as you glide across the calm waters of the Bay. View the impressive cliff top mansions and quaint beach shacks that dot the coastline, see historic landmarks such as Pope’s Eye and the Queenscliff Fort and if you are lucky you may even spot some of the local wildlife our resident dolphins love to ride the waves on the ships bow.

Savour the splendour of Port Phillip Bay as you relax in the ambient seaside atmosphere of the lounge. Available in all seasons enjoy the bright warm sun and cool sea breeze of summer or the crisp grey misty sky of winter when the lounge is a cosy place to unwind.

Treat your friends and family to a fun sailing on the Bay or celebrate a special occasion in style.

Flavours On The Bay* – $40
• 2 hour immediate return Ferry sail
• Portsea Lounge Entry
• A regional Produce Platter
• Complimentary beverage on arrival

Available Fridays and Saturdays from 5 February, 2016
From Sorrento 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
From Queenscliff 12 noon, 2pm, 4pm

*Conditions – Bookings are essential and must be made no later than one day prior to departure. Beverage included is either a regional wine, beer, cider, basic spirits, soft drink, tea or coffee. Valid for foot passenger travel only and passengers must remain on the ferry for the return sail. One way travel not permitted.

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Blue Mini Cafe – Travel & Indulge Package

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Create your own unique experience at Blue Mini Cafe & Emporium…

Blue Mini is the newest retro cafe & eatery an award winning peninsula favourite.

Open year round for all day breakfast, great “Di Bella” coffee & delicious lunches made with fresh locally sourced produce.

Local artists & creative works blend with a unique range of home & giftware in the “emporium”.

Create your own experience with this Travel & Indulge package by receiving a $100 Voucher to be used on either on the delicious food & Drink offered in the cafe or on the amazing gift wares in the emporium.

Blue Mini Experience Couples Package

One Way Return
• $100 Gift Voucher for Blue Mini Cafe
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 people

$160

$210

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Flying Brick Cider House – Travel & Indulge Package

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This retro-inspired landmark venue is definitely calling. Think innovate space, a tasting paddle of ciders, amazing food without the ‘fancy’, the best Bellarine wines around, a solid selection of beer, Friday night live music which traces the roots of rock, soul, rhythm and blues and you’ll get an inkling of what to expect – fabulous, funky, fun.  Flying Brick ciders are traditionally crafted from 100% fresh fruit and contain no sugars, colours, flavourings or concentrates.

Today, Flying Brick Cider is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia.  In addition to the three classic and highly awarded Flying Brick Cider offerings – Original, Pear and Draught – the onsite cidery is continually crafting boutique seasonal batches from fresh, seasonal fruit.

This Package allows you to create a unique Flying Brick experience with either a $100 or $150 gift voucher!

The Cider House is open 7 days for lunch and guided tastings. Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.

 

One Way Couples PackageReturn Couples Package

Includes:
$100 Gift Voucher for Flying Brick
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$159

Includes:
$100 Gift Voucher for Flying Brick
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$220


One Way Couples PackageReturn Couples Package

Includes:
$150 Gift Voucher for Flying Brick
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$204

Includes:
$150 Gift Voucher for Flying Brick
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$265

Jack Rabbit Vineyard – Travel & Indulge Package

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Welcome to Jack Rabbit Vineyard. . .

Unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne. A rich, diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines.  Contemporary al a carte dining.  An intimate coastal ambience.   The ultimate Bellarine experience awaits. . .

At Jack Rabbit Vineyard there are two amazing venues that you can choose from, both great, both with incredible views and atmosphere. Create your own Jack rabbit Experience with either a $100 or $150 voucher to use in “The Restaurant” or “The House of Jack Rabbit”?

THE RESTAURANT
With commanding views, a majestic deck and stunning interior, the Jack Rabbit Restaurant is a must do gastromic experience of The Bellarine.  Savour the seasonal al a carte menu and service. View the menu here.

THE HOUSE OF JACK RABBIT
The House of Jack Rabbit is our Cellar Door/ Tasting Room with a cafe style menu and service. View the menu here.

This Jack Rabbit Package offers a 12:30pm & 1:30pm lunch sitting in either “The Restaurant” or the “The House of Jack Rabbit” please make sure when prompted in the booking process you select the correct time in the preferred venue. 

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Includes:
$100 Gift Voucher for Jack Rabbit Vineyard
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$159

Includes:
$100 Gift Voucher for Jack Rabbit Vineyard
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$220


One Way Couples PackageReturn Couples Package

Includes:
$150 Gift Voucher for Jack Rabbit Vineyard
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$204

Includes:
$150 Gift Voucher for Jack Rabbit Vineyard
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$265

SUPATRAMP

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Supatramp is one of the largest indoor activity centres of its type in Australia. The 3000m2 indoor park includes 26 indoor climbing walls with something suitable for any age or ability, a trampoline park with over 100 trampolines including dodgeball courts, a massive air mat, slam dunk court and large open jump area, and for the little kids, a large multilevel indoor playground.

Supatramp is the perfect venue for families with kids of any age.

The venue even has heating in winter and cooling during summer so you are set to have full-on fun at Supatramp regardless of the time of year!

Mon-Thur: 10am-6pm  
Fri-Sat: 10am-7pm
Sun: 10am-5pm 

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Enchanted Adventure Garden

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The Enchanted Adventure Garden is an award winning natural attraction nestled in the beautiful hinterland of Arthurs Seat. From humble beginnings, the Enchanted Adventure Garden has grown into a wonderland of mazes, gardens, art and adventure that is designed to enliven the senses and challenge the mind.

We spend a lot of time getting things just right and we see the creation of a quality experience as our own living and breathing work of art.

It’s a place where you can loose yourself in the colours of garden design or marvel at the formal structures of hedge topiary. You can be transported by giant sculpture, get tangled in a maze, go Tube Sliding or book a Tree Surfing adventure. Or just set up a picnic and listen to the laughter.

It’s a place where you can reconnect with the people you care most about and have a whole lot of fun while you’re at it.

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Mornington Peninsula Foreshore Camping

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The Mornington Peninsula Shire manages foreshore camping along the natural foreshore reserves with beach access in Rosebud, Rye and Sorrento. These locations are great for accessing many of the Mornington Peninsula’s recreational activities including swimming, walking, cycling and relaxing.

Campsites are close to all local amenities including local shops, cafes, national parks/reserves, shared bay trails and are just a short drive to the peninsula’s surf beaches and Western Port Bay. These sites offer a wonderful place to enjoy a great holiday experience.

For campsite booking information please contact the Foreshore Camping Team on: (03) 5950 1011 or email mpfc@mornpen.vic.gov.au or on Facebook

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Curlewis Golf Club – Travel & Play

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Curlewis Golf Club, The Bellarine is one of Australia’s most spectacular courses, ranked in the Top 100. Play at this iconic, much loved course of The Bellarine.  With spectacular views across the fairways to Corio Bay & beyond, Curlewis is no ordinary golf club. Make the most of this package by enjoying the relaxing trip across The Bay before hitting the course. Midweek & Sunday Packages are available.

Make sure you have booked your desired tee time through Curlewis Golf Club directly (03) 5251 2534 prior to purchasing the package in order to avoid disappointment.

Midweek One Way Package for 2Midweek Return Package for 2

Includes:
– 18 Holes at
Curlewis Golf Club Midweek for 2 Adults
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$148

Additional Adults $41 | Additional Child $30

Includes:
– 18 Holes at
Curlewis Golf Club Midweek for 2 Adults
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$207

Additional Adults $49 | Additional Child $36


Sunday One Way Package for 2Sunday Return Package for 2

Includes:
– 18 Holes at
Curlewis Golf Club on a Sunday for 2 Adults
– One Way ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$166

Additional Adults $45 | Additional Child $35

Includes:
– 18 Holes at
Curlewis Golf Club on a Sunday for 2 Adults
– Return ferry travel with Car for 2 Adults

$225

Additional Adults $53 | Additional Child $41

2015 Toast to the Coast – 31 October & 1 November

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2015 Toast to the Coast – 31 October & 1 November

Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, Geelong’s premier food and wine event, Toast to the Coast is not to be missed.

Cross the bay with Searoad Ferries and take the opportunity to explore one of Australia’s truly iconic wine regions.  Taste your way across The Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and Surf Coast, as our region’s producers showcase the best Geelong winery experiences on offer.  Relax and enjoy our acclaimed wines and delicious food and be entertained by the finest local musicians.

Toast to the Coast is a true celebration of the Geelong Wine region’s premium cool climate wines, local produce and entertainers.   With more than 25 wineries on board this year, you can immerse yourself in wine, visit our scenic cellar doors and meet with the makers.

Your weekend pass has been specially packaged with your Searoad Ferries transport and includes a commemorative Geelong Wine glass – your passport to wine tastings at all host vineyards, rare back vintages, premium new releases and an abundance of regional fare and entertainment.  You are guaranteed a weekend to remember.

For special Ferry/Toast ticket packages and event information can be found at www.toasttothecoast.com.au

Peninsula Stand Up Paddle – Travel & Play Package

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Peninsula Stand Up Paddle provides a range of SUP products and services on the Mornington Peninsula. Take advantage of this opportunity to participate in one of the world’s fastest growing water sports. This package includes your ferry travel and board hire for 1 hour, in one of the best SUP locations around. Great fun for everyone!

Bookings not available until 1st of November 2016 

PSUP Foot Return Packages

Couples Family
• A 1hr SUP hire & mini intro
• Ferry Foot Return Travel

$110

$210

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Extra Adult $55 $55
Extra Child $50 $50

PSUP Couples Package With Car

One Way Return
• A 1hr SUP hire & mini intro
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 people

$140

$185

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Extra Adult $45 $55

PSUP Family Package With Car

One Way Return
• A 1hr SUP hire & mini intro
• Ferry Travel with a car & Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)

$220

$270

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Extra Adult $45 $55
Extra Child $43 $50

Conditions: Minimum age of children is 8 years | Available from 1/11/16 – 1/3/17 at Sorrento Foreshore (weather permitting)

Aaargh Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day – Save Your Booty!

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Aaargh Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day – Save Your Booty!

Book online and use the promotional code PIRATE15 to save 10% on car and foot passenger tickets for travel on the 19th of September, 2015. Discount is applicable on car, car passenger and foot passenger ferry tickets for travel only on Saturday 19th of September, 2015.  This is an online offer only and is not available with any other offer.

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Crittenden Estate

 

The recently opened Crittenden Wine centre at Crittenden estate  has introduced an exciting new way of experiencing wine on the Mornington Peninsula. A range of alternative and traditional wines are available for tasting in a format that is unique, innovative and potentially a game changer in the field of wine tourism

The Crittenden Family looks forward to welcoming you to their tasting room. You might also like to consider a stay at the recently refurbished and very luxurious Lakeside Villas.

For more information regarding Crittenden estate make sure to visit their website.

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Oakdene Vineyards – Travel & Indulge Package


Oakdene Vinyards in Wallington is unlike anything else. A cellar door, restaurant, café and accommodation, a day at Oakdene is something to remember. We have Lunch Banquet packages available at both the cafe nestled amongst the birch trees,”Mr Grubb Cafe” and the award winning “Vineyards Restaurant”. Both Packages include a friendly and informative wine tasting of Oakdene’s range of award winning wines in the unique ‘Upside-Down House’ Cellar Door

Mr Grubb Cafe
Daily from 12am to 3pm

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Lunch: Sat & Sun from 12pm
Dinner: Wed to Sat from 6:30 pm


MR GRUBB CAFE

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Includes:
– Wine Tasting & 2 Course Banquet Lunch at Mr Grubb Café
– One Way ferry travel for a car and two people

$130

Includes:
– Wine Tasting & 2 Course Banquet Lunch at Mr Grubb Café
– Return ferry travel for a car and two people

$180

VINEYARDS RESTAURANT

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Includes:
– Wine Tasting & 4 Course Tasting Menu with matching wines at Vineyards Restaurant
– One Way ferry travel for a car and two people

$235

Includes:
– Wine Tasting & 4 Course Tasting Menu with matching wines at Vineyards Restaurant
– Return ferry travel for a car and two people

$280

Boathouse Resort Motel

The Boathouse Resort Motel is ideally located on the Southern end of the Mornington Peninsula, opposite the Blairgowrie beach and marina, and just 4 minutes drive from the Searoad  Sorrento – Queenscliff car and passenger ferry.

Only metres from the shops and restaurants of Blairgowrie and, with the award-winning Cafe Legend on site, it’s the perfect base for a Mornington Peninsula getaway!

Consisting of our Spa, Balcony and Queen Suites. Also our newly refurbished Garden Studios and Luxury King Spa Studios for ultimate comfort. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the complex. We also have on site BBQ facilities and a swimming pool for those hot summer days.

All only minutes from the Peninsula’s finest golf courses, beaches, restaurants, wineries and Mornington Peninsula National Park.

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Bayplay Adventure Tours – Travel & Play Package

The Bayplay Travel & Play package allows you create your own experience with a Bayplay Adventure Day Pass. An Adventure pass with Bayplay gives you an option of choosing one of the following

• Electra Cruiser Bike & Ipod Pt Nepean History Tour
• Single sit on top Sea Kayak Hire – explore the bay
• Book a Bike, SUP or Kayak
• Snorkel Set – Mask, Fin and Wetsuit Hire

Activity items are allocated based on product availability

One Way Couples PackageReturn Couples Package

Includes:
– A Bayplay Adventure Day Pass for two people
– One Way ferry travel for a car and two people

$130

Additional Adults $41

Includes:
– A Bayplay Adventure Day Pass for two people
– Return ferry travel for a car and two people

$180

Additional Adults $49


One Way Family PackageReturn Family Package

Includes:
– A Bayplay Adventure Day Pass for a Family
– One Way ferry travel for a car and family

$185

Additional Adults $41 | Additional Child $38

Includes:
– A Bayplay Adventure Day Pass for a Family
– Return ferry travel for a car and family

$235

Additional Adults $49 | Additional Child $43

Mornington Peninsula Brewery – Travel & Indulge

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Nestled in Mornington’s back streets the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is now recognised as one of the best craft breweries in Australia.

The Brewery Bar has a casual relaxed atmosphere where you can watch the brewers creating your favourite beer. Complemented by a rustic beer garden and a viewing mezzanine overlooking the industry of the brew house.

Together with a contemporary menu of traditional wood-fired pizzas and Mornington Peninsula wines Mornington Peninsula Brewery makes a welcoming destination for all discerning beer drinkers.

Wednesday 9am – 3pm
Thursday & Friday 3pm – till late
Saturday 12pm – till late
Sunday 12pm – 7pm

Mornington Peninsula Brewery Couples Package

One Way Return
• 2  Pizzas and 1  Tasting Paddle OR;
• 2  Pizzas and 2  Schooners
• Ferry Travel with a car for 2 people

$105

$165

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Mornington Peninsula Brewery


Nothing is better than a day on the Peninsula tasting all it has to offer, which is why we invite you to a unique experience at the Mornington Peninsula Brewery.

Nestled in Mornington’s back streets the Mornington Peninsula Brewery is now recognised as one of the best craft breweries in Australia.

The inviting aroma of malt and hops greet you at the brewery bar where you can watch the brewers creating your favourite Mornington beer. Along with the core beers; Pale Ale, Witbier, Brown Ale and IPA there is always a seasonal beer over summer and winter, plus their famous specialty beer, created every month in celebration of the many styles of beer from around the world. Brewed by head brewer Andrew Gow, the beer has received world-wide acclaim with several awards and medals from International Beer Awards.

The Brewery Bar has a casual relaxed atmosphere where you can watch the brewers creating your favourite beer. Complemented by a rustic beer garden and a viewing mezzanine overlooking the industry of the brew house.

All the beers are created at the brewery. The mezzanine gives you a perfect view to watch the brewing process first hand. From the hot liquor tank through to the bright tank where the beer is conditioned and carbonated before packaged into kegs, bottles and cans.

Together with a contemporary menu of traditional wood-fired pizzas and Mornington Peninsula wines Mornington Peninsula Brewery makes a welcoming destination for all discerning beer drinkers.

Boathouse Resort Studios and Suites Package

 

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The Boathouse Resort is ideally located between Sorrento and Rye, opposite the Blairgowrie beach and marina, and just 5 minutes’ drive from Searoad Ferries.  Only metres from the shops and restaurants of Blairgowrie, it’s the perfect base for a  Mornington Peninsula getaway!

PACKAGES NOT AVAILABLE BETWEEN DEC 20th & JAN 31st


Couples Accommodation and Ferry Travel Package (with vehicle) Includes:

– 1 night Accommodation in Deluxe Suite for 2 people.
–  Ferry travel for 2 people with vehicle (up to 5 metres in length)
One Way – $249  |  Return – $319

Family Accommodation and Ferry Travel Package (with vehicle) Includes:

– 1 night Accommodation in a Garden Studio for 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 15 years).
–  Ferry Travel for 2 adults and up to 3 children (under 15 years) with vehicle (up to 5 metres in length)
One Way – $349  |  Return $419

School Holiday Ferry Fun

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AHOY! Get your SWASHBUCKLING crew on board for some holiday fun!

Searoad Ferries is sailing into school holiday fun this month with International Talk like a Pirate Day, which takes place on 19 September, coinciding with the launch of its school holiday program.

Bring your crew onboard Saturday, 19 September (with your best pirate costumes and impersonations in tow) and enjoy Talk Like a Pirate Day in true pirate style on the high seas!

Meet Captain Jack and his first mate and become an honorary pirate for the day -pirate sword fighting, walk the plank and plenty of pirate speak.

Departing Queenscliff 1pm & 3pm and Sorrento 2pm & 4pm

Other school holiday activities include: 


September 21: See the Wonders of the Bay with Queenscliff’s Marine Discovery centre ‘look and touch table’. Learn more about Melbourne’s Bay life.

Departing Queenscliff 12pm & 2pm and Sorrento 1pm & 3pm


September 22 & October 01 

Dazzling Dan the Magic Man will roam the ferry – be mesmerised by the art of magic!

Departing Queenscliff 11am & 1pm and Sorrento 12pm & 2pm


September 24

Footy Finals Fever with Auskick and AFL South East – get dressed up in your favourite footy gear, try your luck at handball. Have your face painted in your team colours.

Departing Sorrento 1pm & 3pm and Queenscliff 2pm & 4pm.


September 28 & 30

Is it Science or Magic?  Be entertained by Professor Brains and super science interactive experiments.

Queenscliff 12pm & 2pm and Sorrento 1pm & 3pm


 

All activities are included in the ferry ticket price.

Twilight Cruise – Valentine’s Day – FULLY BOOKED

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Due to popular demand the Valentine Day Cruise is now fully booked.  There are still vacancies on the Twilight Cruise on the 13th of February or purchase a Twilight Cruise Gift Card for a Valentine Day Gift.  Watch this space for our next cruise.

 

 

Bubbles on the Bay High Tea

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This special High Tea is part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. More information

Animalicious/Spieglicious

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Step into a world of wonder as you enter the famous Spiegeltent, all the way from Belgium to beautiful Sorrento.

 

 

Back by popular demand for limited dates only during the Easter Holiday Season to April 11!

‘Animalicious’ is an incredible opportunity for children to experience the wonders of the animal kingdom.  See Fairy Penguins dancing, Rosella’s flying, even hear Lions roaring! Tickets $45.00

Created by Jason Coleman, ‘Spiegelicious’ is a deliciously indulgent dance, cabaret & circus spectacular that will leave you breathless!  Tickets only $79.50.

Tickets on Sale at Three Palms Box Office or at Ticketmaster 136100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au

Dolphin Research Institute Marine Education Talk

PP2013May10dg387[3]Great onboard activity for the whole family, specially the kids. Learn about the wonders of the Bay with education officers form the Dolphin Research Institute.  Talks will focus on the amazing marine treasures that live in beautiful Port Phillip Bay.  There will be artefacts to see and touch as well as fascinating stories from the deep blue sea.

10th of January, 2015

Departure times –

From Sorrento – 10am and 12 noon

From Queenscliff – 11am and 1pm

Australia Day BBQ

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Celebrate Australia Day on board the ferries with our Australia Day BBQ.  Have a sausage and a beer as you soak up the views.

Australia Day BBQ sailing times –

From Queenscliff – 11am, 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm

From Sorrento – 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Gunnamatta Trail Ride/Ferry Package

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Gunnamatta Trail Rides is situated on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, about an hour south of Melbourne. Trail riding on horseback though beautiful coastal bush lands and on spectacular beaches, is an incredible experience that will never be forgotten.  Fresh air, gentle horses, stunning scenery and friendly staff will ensure you enjoy a safe and memorable experience.  There are 75 healthy, well trained  horses to suit all riding levels, including beginners.

 

 

Truemans Bush Ride/Ferry Package

Includes return ferry travel for vehicle and listed passengers and a 1 hour Truemans Bush Ride.  This popular Bush Trail is a great introduction to horse riding and suits those with limited time. It gives you the experience of getting on and off a horse and riding one of these beautiful animals along a bushland track.  It does not go on the beach. No previous experience is necessary.

Family $375 2 adults/2 children  (RRP $414, a savings of $39)

Extra Adults $80 Extra Children $65

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Please not riders must be 6 years of age or older, and have a maximum weight of 95kg.  If you have any queries regarding these restrictions, please contact Gunnamatta Trail Rides directly on 03 59886755 or info@gunnamatta.com.au

 

St Andrews Beach Ride/Ferry Package

This package includes return ferry travel for vehicle and listed passengers and a 2 hour St Andrews Beach Ride.  This ride has magnificent views from the high sand dunes looking down over the coastline.  The ride leaves the stables and heads along a sandy track for 45 minutes towards the beach climbing over lofty sand dunes and down into the beautiful sandy beaches where the horses often stroll in the rock protected ocean water.  Riders are permitted to ride for 15-20 minutes along the beach which is simply breath-taking.

2 persons $385 (RRP $416, a savings of $31)

Extra person $155

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Please not riders must be 10 years of age or older, and have a maximum weight of 95kg.  If you have any queries regarding these restrictions, please contact Gunnamatta Trail Rides directly on 03 59886755 or info@gunnamatta.com.au

Queenscliff Music Festival 28- 30 November, 2014

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The Queenscliff Music Festival brings Queenslciff alive with awesome music, food and entertainment for all of the family.  Great new acts and line up announced catering to a broad audience.

3rd ticket release selling fast.

 

Travelling from Melbourne’s east or the Mornington Peninsula?  Book and Save on Festival Tickets and Ferry Offer for ticket holders, including the new Sunday Only Ferry/Ticket offer here.

Festival information can be found at www.qmf.net.au

 

 

Bellarine Railway – Sail & Rail Package

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Visitors to the railway have an opportunity to re-live the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era of travel by riding on a unique collection of heritage steam and diesel hauled trains, originating from around Australia.

Jump on-board to experience a trip in carriages that are fully enclosed, yet offer the time honoured option of raising a window to really become part of the passing landscape. You can listen for the friendly sound of the train whistle and wave to people as you pass them by!

If you are looking for a more energetic option the Bellarine Rail Trail is a purpose built trail which follows the original branch line to Queenscliff. Passenger’s ongoing one way can have their bike carried free and then return to Queenscliff at their leisure.

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Drysdale Return
Includes:
– Return train travel to Drysdale (1hr 45 min return trip)
– Return travel ferry foot passenger
Adult $50 | Conc $38 |Child $34 | Family $130
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Lakers Siding

Includes:
– Return train travel to Lakers Siding (45 min return trip)
– Return travel ferry foot passenger
Adult $37 |Conc $31 |Child $27 | Family $103
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Sail & Ride

Includes:
– One Way train travel to Drysdale
– Return travel ferry foot passenger – Its then a leisurely downhill cycle back to Queenscliff.
Adult $41 |Conc $33 |Child $30 | Family $103
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Horseback Winery Tours – Travel & Indulge Package

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The spectacular 40 minute trip from Queenscliff to Sorrento is a must-do journey on the most magnificent of coastlines. Drive off the ferry in your own car and make your way down to Horseback (30 mins) for a 3 Hour Horseback Winery Tour visiting two spectacular wineries for tastings followed by a delicious Italian inspired lunch at the famous T’Gallant Winemakers.

Day Package Itinerary
• Depart 8am Ferry from Queenscliff
• Arrive Horseback Winery Tours at 9.30am for 10am departure and
• 3hr Horseback Winery Tour
• Self drive to T’Gallant for lunch at 1.30pm
• Depart Sorrento on the 4pm, 5pm OR 6pm ferry back to Queenscliff


Couples Horseback Package (2 people)
Includes:
– 3 Hour Horseback Winery Tour
-Return Ferry Travel for 2 people with vehicle (up to 5 metres in length)
-Lunch at T’Gallant
$449
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Group Horseback Package (4 people)
Includes:
– 3 Hour Horseback Winery Tour
-Return Ferry Travel for 4 people with vehicle (up to 5 metres in length)
-Lunch at T’Gallant
$799
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Twilight Cruise

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Buy the gift of a Twilight Cruise experience.  Enjoy the magic of early evening on the Bay as you indulge in a regional tasting platter and local beer or wine. Selected dates and times on a return sailing from Queenscliff and Sorrento.

$30 pp

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Peninsula Explorer and Ferry Travel

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Give the Gift of a Peninsula Explorer hop on hop off bus and ferry voucher and discover the Mornington Peninsula.

From $45.00

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