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by Ann Lund (subscribe)
A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Published January 10th 2015
Crossing Port Philip Bay has never been so relaxing
Do you regularly travel from east to west Victoria, want to stick to the coast roads and hate driving through Melbourne? Or are you often in Queencliff or Sorrento and looking for a different day trip on foot or in your vehicle? Getting swiftly across Port Phillip Bay has never been easier and I am sure the cost of the ferry could be weighed against the time and petrol cost of doing it the long way.

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Lining up to drive the car onboard the Queencliff Sorrento Ferry

For those who've never travelled by ferry it could not be easier. The terminals are very well signed and organised on both sides of the bay. Walk on is as simple as that after purchasing tickets and the drive on and drive off of cars is swift and easy.

The crossing takes about 45 minutes and there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure things run smoothly.

It's best to arrive at the terminal at least 20 minutes before the departure time. You will need to purchase your ticket and line up with all other waiting vehicles in the designated rows. Ferry staff guide all drivers when to drive on to the ferry and where to park. In the larger ferries there is an indoor lift to take you from the car park level up to the upper decks and lounge area.

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Cafe and kiosk on the lounge deck - relax in comfort

Once your car or motorbike is parked you are free to lock up and leave the vehicle and head up stairs to see the view or buy a snack or drink at the lounge area kiosk. All passengers are notified by loudspeaker announcement when the journey is almost complete so that drivers and passengers return to their vehicles or get ready to depart on foot from the ferry.

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observation decks, great views Queencliffe Sorrento ferry crossing

At the moment when purchasing your ticket you'll receive a voucher for 'one passenger free' on a return visit. You may also receive a 10% discount voucher for a nearby cafe.

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relax in the lounge deck - comfortable seating and great views

I travelled on the ferry as one car and driver and one passenger (a student concession) and paid $68. If you purchase a return ticket at the time of the first crossing you'll receive a $10 discount. Passengers on foot pay a much cheaper fare, larger or longer vehicles or those with more passengers may incur a higher ticket price.

Toilets, including disabled toilets and baby change areas are on board. There is a cafe, wifi, a children's play area, a lift from car deck to the lounge deck, and observation decks.

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make your way up to the top observation deck

The ferries leave on the hour every hour. Details and timetables can be accessed by this link.

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great views on the Queencliffe Sorrento ferry crossing - look out for dolphins

This is the most relaxing way to make your way across the state and if you are lucky you might even spot a few dolphins. The views, fresh air, blue waters and skies are relaxing and rejuvenate you for the next leg of your journey.
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Why? A novel way to cross Port Philip Bay
When: All year around!
Phone: 03 52583244
Where: Sorrento and Queencliffe, Victoria
Cost: Prices vary, different prices for vehicles and on foot passengers apply
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