Nearly every passenger that has ever crossed the Bay aboard Searoad Ferries will attest to the spectacular views, the magical feeling of spotting a dolphin pod frolicking beside the ferry, the comfortable and relaxing lounge areas and the memorable day out shared with family and friends. Another element that should not be overlooked is the new and improved food and beverage offerings.
RORO Café is located right on the beach at Queenscliff with stunning views across the Bay. Serving serious coffee and a fresh menu of local and regional producewith our new chef, Brent Love making his mark. Great service, the best breakfast in town, and a changing menu are just a few reasons to pop in and give RORO a try. Plus, the view just doesn’t get better than this. Open daily from 7am – 6pm.
Don’t forget RORO Café Onboard. To make your crossing even more enjoyable there is a range of sandwiches and snacks, an onboard barista and a bar open on select sailings. You can make your dining experience as indulgent or as simple as you choose.
Meet Head Chef – Brent Love
RORO has recently employed a new Head Chef, Brent Love, who has taken to his new role like a ferry to water! Find out a bit more about Brent, his love of food and why he has joined the team at Searoad Ferries.
What do you love about your job?
I love how I can get good local produce from both sides of the bay – got to love those ferries!
Describe your job in three words:
Always a challenge.
What is your favourite dish to cook up?
Having been a pastry chef for half my career, I would have to say banana cake. The kid loves it!
What is the most popular dish at RORO?
Seafood Chowder. It’s our signature dish.
What are your favourite autumn ingredients?
Apples, pears and berries. Should be able to make a cracking dish from them.
What is always in your fridge at home?
Duck fat and good quality butter (I’m showing my French training here!).
Who inspires you?
Marco Pierre White – what a legend.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Believe in yourself and you will go far.
Tell us something we would be surprised to learn about you?
I can’t stand touching live fish.
There’s so much to do in the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and Searoad Ferries is the best way to explore them both. Whether you’re travelling on foot for a leisurely day out or bringing your car to explore even further, Searoad can be your middle man!
To help you decide on what to do and where to go, Searoad has teamed up with a number of great attractions, experiences and accommodation providers to offer a range of packages to cater for all your holiday needs. Whether you plan to play for a day or enjoy a longer stay, there is a package to make your planning easier while enjoying some great savings.
Choose from a family day out at a maze, wine and dine at a top winery or brewery, tee off at a golf course, an indulge at a day spa, experience a sail and rail adventure, deluxe accommodation packages and many more.
So get packaging and book your next Peninsula getaway today.
To find out about the packages that are on offer, please visit www.searoad.com.au
Keeping the kids entertained can be a challenge, especially in the colder months. A crossing aboard Searoad Ferries is the perfect way to get the family out of the house and keep the kids happy during winter. All our lounges are heated to protect you from the weather, however we do suggest rugging up so you can enjoy some time on our outdoor viewing decks to get an even better ferry experience.
Here are the top five reasons why kids love Searoad:
1. The play space
The play space is a favourite spot for the kids during the 40 minute crossing. Let them burn off some energy at the playground while you sit and enjoy a quiet coffee at one of the nearby tables. They can also work on their art skills at the colouring corner.
2. The outdoor viewing decks
Put on your jackets, beanies and gloves and head outside to one of the viewing decks to take in 360 degree views of the bay. Use the onboard binoculars to check out all the coastal towns that line the bay, and the kids will love trying to spot the lighthouse and fort. It’s the best game of eye spy you will ever play!
3. The dolphins
Dolphin sightings are a regular occurrence on the ferry with pods frolicking beside the ferry most days. Seeing the dolphins playing up close is a magical moment for children, and they will be excited to tell everyone all about it.
4. The school holiday programs
Every school holidays, Searoad Ferries puts on a fantastic program of activities that are included free of charge with every ferry ticket purchase. From magicians and face painting, to animals and art, there is something to keep every child entertained. Available only on select dates and sailing times, please check the website for further details.
5. The food
How many times do you hear ‘I’m hungry’ each day? The RORO Café onboard the ferry has got your back! The café serves up kid-friendly meals and snacks throughout the day to keep the kids happy and full.
Great offers for travel and dining on a Wednesday in May, June, July and August.
1/2 price return foot passenger tickets – only $11 return.
$6 Devonshire Tea – Scones, jam and cream with a tea or coffee at the RORO Café on the Beach or on-board the ferries
Both offers available upon presentation of Seniors Card
Further information and terms and conditions can be found on the website.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and there’s no better way to spoil your special Mum than with an indulgent day sailing the Bay and exploring the beautiful coastal towns of Queenscliff and Sorrento.
Searoad Ferries sails between the two towns, with a number of onboard experiences to make your Mum’s day extra special.
High Tea will be served in the Portsea Lounge on Mother’s Day on the 11am departure from Sorrento and the 2pm departure from Queenscliff. Indulge in exquisite cakes and desserts, finger foods, espresso coffee, freshly brewed tea and/or a sparkling wine, all while taking in the spectacular coastal scenery. High Tea is just $45 per person, which includes immediate return travel on the same ferry for a leisurely experience. Bookings are essential.
If your day out is a true family affair with small children, you may prefer to enjoy your crossing from the comfort of one of our lounges nearby the children’s play space. RORO Café onboard will be serving up light meals and snacks. The kids will be entertained at the playground and colouring corner, and everyone will love the dolphin spotting and taking in the sights and sounds of the Bay.
For further information, or to book a Mother’s Day experience aboard Searoad Ferries, please visit www.searoad.com.au
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
MONDAY 27 OCTOBER 2014
SEAROAD FERRIES WINS VICTORIAN TOURISM AWARD
Searoad Ferries, has taken out the Major Tour/Transport Operator category at the Victorian Tourism Award for the second year in a row.
The family owned business will now go on to defend the title at the 2014 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, to be held in early 2015.
CEO of Searoad Ferries, Matt McDonald, said the award is recognition for the hard work and dedication of the entire Searoad Ferries team.
“We are ecstatic to be the recipient of such a prestigious award two years in a row, and to have our business recognised among a winners list that includes some of the state’s largest and most popular tourist attractions is really humbling,” Matt said.
“Our business continues to grow each year and I’m so proud of what we have achieved at Searoad. What started out as a single vessel operation transporting around 300 passengers and 30 vehicles in 1987, is now the country’s busiest car and passenger ferry with three vessels carrying more than 737,000 passengers each year.”
“The Searoad team works extremely hard to provide passengers with a unique, exciting and memorable tourism experience. Whether a passenger is taking part in a traditional crossing or a special crossing such as High Tea of the High Seas or a Twilight Cruises, we strive to ensure their experience is enjoyable and something they will remember forever.”
“We are looking forward to representing Victoria at the National Awards early next year,” he said.
This summer, we will run a third ferry creating more capacity, less waiting and a better travel experience. Our CEO, Matt McDonald, said “The extra ferry will operate from Boxing Day through to the 6th of January and will ease congestion and get passengers to their destination quicker. We are also encouraging all passengers who know they are travelling to go online and book their ferry ticket. Not only will this speed up ticketing and boarding, customers will also get cheaper online prices.”
Our ferry service has been operating for over 25 years and has recently made many upgrades to our facilities, including: onboard children’s playground, revitalized café, wi-fi, installment of a lift on both ferries and air conditioning, as well as larger viewing windows. New family fares, seniors discounts and return priced tickets have recently been introduced as well as a discount card for locals. If you live in the 3222-3227 or 3938-3944 postcodes you can become a Loyal Local Cardholder with the ferries and earn points, receive discounts and exclusive offers.
Over the 15th & 16th of September, Searoad Ferries celebrated 25 years of crossing the Bay. Both vessels had onboard activities including wine tasting with vineyards from both peninsulas, gourmet food samplers from both pensinsulas, Peninsula Hot Springs bathing tubs and more! The festivities went off with a bang on Saturday night with fireworks on both Sorrento and Queenscliff sides.
Thank you to everyone that took part in the event. We have had a fantastic 25 years and look forward to the next 25!
The 5:00p.m. Sorrento bound ferry was delayed in the Queenscliff harbor for 15 minutes due to an endangered Southern Right Whale swimming close to the vessel. Passengers said the junior whale surfaced several times beside the ferry and was easily visible under the water. After the ferry departed, the whale seemed to have left, but surfaced again when the next ferry arrived. It frolicked in the waters in and around the harbor until late into the evening. This is the third whale sighting for the Searoad Ferries since Saturday, two of which were Southern Right Whales and one Humpback Whale. Crew members on board Searoad Ferries said, “each year we have been seeing more and more whales on our route from Queenscliff to Sorrento.” This year the crew predicts to see at least one whale a week during the migration period, which finishes in November.
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After an extensive Re-Fit in late 2011, the MV Queenscliff has been a great hit with Passengers traveling between Sorrento and Queenscliff. Some of the new features onboard include;
Check out the images below – or even better – come down and see her for yourself !
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