pilot boat in front of fort
Australian Fur Seals
Australasian Gannet soaring over boat
South Bay Vessel with lighthouse
Dolphin alongside boat

Discovery Tour

Tour operated by: South Bay Eco Adventures

Address: Shop 1b, 4 Wharf Street East, Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225

Phone: 03 5258 4019  |  Mobile: 0427 701 596  

Email: info@southbayecoadventures.com
Web: southbayecoadventures.com

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South Bay Eco Adventures award winning 90 minute Discovery tour is a taste of what Southern Port Phillip Bay has to offer.

Once you leave the Queenscliff Harbour, the history of the Port Phillip Bay lighthouses and shipping channels will be highlighted as you traverse the bay to Point Nepean. Point Nepean offers glimpses of the notorious Rip, unveiling the shipwreck past of the early settlers and the present day technology and services allowing ships to enter the Port of Melbourne.

As you drift past Fort Nepean into Nepean Bay Marine National Park, the rich military history of Port Phillip Bay will be unravelled. Nepean Bay offers a sheltered viewpoint of the Bay, with views back to Queenscliff.

Cruising east from Point Nepean they traverse the dolphin sanctuary, where pods of dolphins can be seen frolicking in the waters of Portsea Quarantine Station. From here they shift direction north to the Bay's resident Australian Fur Seal haul out at Chinaman's Hat. It's a great photo opportunity as the seals bask in the sun. Then as they near the end of the trip they return via the Australasian Gannet colony at Pope's Eye, just in time for lunch at the Harbour.

Tour pricing information (GST included)

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The family ticket is for either two Adults and one Child, or two Adults and two Children. Additional Children are $35 each.



Children need to be ages between, three and 16 years old to be eligible for this ticket.




Days of operation

Departure 10:30am Return 12:00pm

Departure details: 01/10/14 - 31/05/15

Mon: 10:45am - 10:45am

Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun: 10:45am - 12:00pm

Tour highlights

Point Nepean

Port Phillip Heads

Mode of transport

  • Motor Vessel


  • Birdwatching
  • Cruising
  • Dolphin watching


  • Boat


  • Guide

Disabled access

Please call to discuss your access requirements.


  • English

South Bay Eco Adventures is an award winning ecotourism company specialising in sightseeing boat tours of Southern Port Phillip Bay, the Rip and Port Phillip Heads.

View the spectacular Rip, the stretch of water connecting the Bay and Bass Strait, and discover the wildlife that calls Port Phillip Bay home, including dolphins, seals, whales, penguins and sea birds.

Explore areas only accessible by boat, on an up close nature-based adventure highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of Southern Port Phillip Bay.

The purpose-built eco boat offers exceptional visibility for everyone on board, with a design that ensures a smooth, stable and comfortable ride.

Tours operate daily between November and April from Queenscliff Harbour, with limited tours between between June and August.

Tourism awards

2013  - Victorian Tourism Awards  - Finalist

2012  - Victorian Tourism Awards  - Winner

Parks Victoria Licence
Tour operator is licensed to conduct tours on public land

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How to get here

Great Ocean Road