Aerial shot of Rip
Humpback Whale in the Heads

Explorer 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  


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View Port Phillip Heads from a new perspective and explore areas only accessible by boat with South Bay Eco Adventures.

This diverse and dynamic tour changes to compliment the weather conditions. It is an unforgettable two and half hour round trip which encompasses Southern Port Phillip.

They explain the shipwreck history of the past, and the present day technology and services in place assisting ships entering and exiting Port Phillip Bay, and explore the western and eastern reefs of the Rip at the Point Lonsdale lighthouse.

Witness the shipping operations through Port Phillip Heads and learn about the important role of the Port Phillip Sea Pilots.

If weather conditions permit they safely venture out through the Rip enlightening you about the waters and why it is considered so treacherous, then cruise along sandstone escarpments to Cheviot Beach, viewing pieces of maritime history along the way.

Upon re-entering the Rip, passing Point Nepean, they head into Nepean Bay enlightening you of the many military fortifications which protected Melbourne during the World Wars.

Then continue along the Mornington Peninsula into the dolphin sanctuary and past the Portsea Quarantine Station. Returning via the Australian fur Seal haul out and Australasian Gannet colony.

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 $50 each.



Children need to be ages between, eight and 16 years old to be eligable for this ticket.




Days of operation

Departure 1:30pm, Return 4:00pm

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

Tour highlights

Port Phillip Heads

Bass Straight

Mode of transport

  • Motor Vessel


  • Birdwatching
  • Cruising
  • Dolphin watching


  • Boat


  • Guide

Disabled access

Please call South Bay Eco Adventures 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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Great Ocean Road