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School Holiday Activities

All aboard the fun ferry! School holidays are back and we have a schedule full to the brim of FREE activities ready for our little sailors.

Running on selected dates and services over the June / July school holidays (see schedule below), kids entertainers and live aquatic creatures will cruise the coast on board our Searoad Ferries.

While the kids are being entertained, parents can sit back and relax in the lounge or have a coffee or glass of wine up on deck. There’s no better way to cruise the bay!


Family fares departing Queenscliff or Sorrento start at just $33 (one-way foot passenger). Book Now!

School Holiday Schedule:

Live Aquatic Creatures
Dates: 28 June & 5 July
Meet turtles, frogs and a crocodile and learn about how to care for aquatic creatures in a fun learning environment.
Departing: Queenscliff 12pm and 2pm.
Departing: Sorrento 1pm and 3pm

Face Painting & Aquatic Sand Art
Date: 1 July
Magical face painting! Be a princess or a pirate for the day, or create your own pictures with Aquatic Sand Art.
Departing: Queenscliff 1pm and 3pm.
Departing: Sorrento 2pm and 4pm

Tommy Terrific Balloon Artist
Date: 7 July
Crazy, fun and entertaining balloon shapes that will bring out the kid in all ages from 5 to 55!
Departing: Sorrento 11am and 1pm.
Departing: Queenscliff 12pm and 2pm

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The Whales Are Back!!

The Searoad Ferries crew have been on hand this week to help welcome the migrating Southern Right Whales back into Port Phillip Bay.

The Southern Right Whales are regular winter visitors to Port Phillip Bay, using the protected waters around Victoria’s coastline to calve. The most recent whale spotting within the bay was around the Sorrento and Rye area.

Check out the recent Leader Newspaper article ‘Southern right whales spotted off Sorrento and Rye‘ for more details.

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Do you #HappyChewbacca?

There’s no need to be alarmed if a wookie welcomes you on board your next Searoad Ferries journey.

We promise this wookie is the consummate professional and most certainly trained in all aspects of seafaring.

If you reached your download limit last week watching Candace Payne and her hysterical new Chewbacca mask, you will understand why our Searoad crew have turned so #happychewbacca.

To continue the spread of #happychewbacca, we have passed our wookie on to customer, Luke Johns. We can’t wait to see your #happychewbacca Luke!

Confused? Clearly you were living under the Death Star last week and missed the Candace Paynes #happychewbacca phenomenon. ‘Click here’ and join #happychewbacca craze.

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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.


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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


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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.


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Seniors Card offer for the winter months

Great offers for travel and dining on a Wednesday in 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.


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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


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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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Tourism Award Win 2014



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.

Bring on Summer….. more ferries, less queues and cheaper prices!

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.

Searoad Ferries Celebrates 25 years!

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!

Ferry delayed by endangered whale, but we don’t mind!

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.

To view related news articals visit:

Geelong Advertiser – Whale delays thrilled passengers

The Mornington Peninsula Leader  – Endangered whale holds up Sorrento ferry

Whales in Port Phillip Bay!

During the month of June passengers onboard the ferries have been experiencing the magnificent Humpback Whales which have been visiting southern Port Phillip Bay…

Check out this video taken from the ferry on the 13th June.

Click here to watch

Launch of the MV Queenscliff

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;

  • An new Cafe with fresh coffee
  • A Children’s Play Area
  • New Observation lounges
  • Tourism and Historic Information

Check out the images below – or even better – come down and see her for yourself !

MV Queenscliff departs Queenscliff on the EVEN hours and Sorrento on the ODD hours

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