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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published August 15th 2013
The enjoyable alternative to driving around the bay
On board the ferrie



Recently we decided to go on a short break from one Peninsula to the other and the perfect way to avoid getting stuck in city traffic and wasting precious time on a Freeway was to take the Searoad Ferries which would have us on the other side of the bay within 30 - 40 minutes instead of the 2 hours or more to drive around.



The downside to taking the ferries is the price and you pay for the time that you would have otherwise taken driving around the bay. Cost for a car one way is $59 with the driver included in that price and with a family in the car you can add another $40 dollars. Online booking is cheaper and a return ticket brings the price down again, so for a family and the car both ways cost $148.

Sorrento houses


The ride on the boat is relaxing and the scenery is beautiful. You pass Millionaires row in Sorrento and Portsea with the truly astonishing mansions with private piers and beach access with yachts moored in the bay.

The ride is fairly smooth and pleasant considering I get motion sickness without too much movement so it's safe to say if I didn't get sick, your kids should be fine.

Kids play space


Inside the boat is comfortable with two levels to sit and admire the views. The lounge area is well thought out with a children's play gym in one corner and a train set to keep the younger kids amused and colouring in sheets and pencils. The on board kiosk is handy for a coffee and something to eat and if you have teens or if you need to finish off some work the free wi-fi comes in handy.


Cabin area


The top level is outdoors and offers spectacular views with plenty of seating, perfect for a summers day.

For people with limited mobility one of the ferries has a lift in it, you just need to check what times that ferry is operating to avoid being stuck in the one without a lift.



The ferries offer both passenger tickets and car passes so for an enjoyable and cheap day out you can leave the car at Sorrento or Queenscliff and board the ferry. You can even take your dog with you as long as you stay in the outside spaces.

Foot passes cost $60 return for a family, $20 return for an adult, $18 for concession and $16 for children aged 4-16.

Dolphins in the cabin


The ferries offer special events and deals throughout the year with high tea on the sea, sunset cruises, and other events which can be emailed to you be signing up for the latest news.

Frequent travellers can receive up to a 35% discount and special senior deals are available for foot passengers.

Coming into dock at Sorrento


So next time you need to cross the bay try the easy way by taking the Searoad Ferries.
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Why? For an enjoyable way to cross the bay
When: Sorrento pier, Victoria
Where: Queenscliff to Sorrento
Cost: Foot passengers $60 return for a family, $20 adult, $18 concession, $16 child 4-16
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Great ferry, it is almost like going on a mini cruise.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12521) 2351 days ago
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