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Queenscliff Music Festival 2015


Queenscliff Music Festival is on again and 2015 is sure to go down as a vintage year for one of Australia’s best loved boutique festivals.

Travelling to the Festival from the East or South East of Melbourne? Take the ferry from Sorrento to the Festival.  Save up to $66 on a return car ferry ticket or book a Sunday festival and ferry foot passenger ticket when you book your Festival tickets here (http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=124246)

Check out this years line up and festival details at www.qmf.net.au


Mention this offer to receive 20% off any order from our dine in breakfast or lunch menu at RORO Café, right on the beach, next to the music festival site on 27, 28 and 29 November, 2015.

P.O.S.H @ The Portsea Lounge

Portsea Lounge VIP

Enhance your Searoad Ferries on board experience by upgrading to the exclusive P.O.S.H @ The Portsea Lounge.

Relax and enjoy the views from inside the beautiful Portsea Lounge.  Every Friday and Saturday 11am onwards the private lounge upgrade to the P.O.S.H Vip Experience offers a full bar service. Enjoy a glass of award winning wine, locally made ale or cider. Cross the Bay in style with a P.O.S.H VIP Experience.

P.O.S.H VIP Experience – $10 (one way)

  • Entry to the exclusive Portsea Lounge & Bar
  • A beverage on arrival* – glass of regional wine, beer, cider, basic spirits, soft drink or tea or coffee

 Add a P.O.S.H VIP Experience when you purchase a ferry ticket here or at the window.

P.O.S.H VIP Bay Cruise – $35

  • 2 Hour Return Journey  (foot passenger travel)
  • Entry to the exclusive Portsea Lounge and Bar
  • A beverage on arrival*
  • A Tasting Plate Selection†

 Book your P.O.S.H VIP Bay Cruise Below
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*Glass of regional wine, beer, cider, basic spirits, soft drink, tea or coffee. Additional beverages can be purchased at bar prices.
†Additional food items available from the Cafe.

Every Friday and Saturday

From Queenscliff 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm
From Sorrento 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm*

*The 7pm P.O.S.H service from Sorrento operates every day 26 December – 31 January.  Then throughout February on Weekends Only (Friday & Saturday). Labour Day & Easter Long Weekends: (Friday – Saturday)

Seats are limited.

Portsea Lounge VIP 2

P.O.S.H Description

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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