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Port Phillip Bay

Port Phillip Bay: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

1. From Melbourne: Great Ocean Road Full-Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Port Campbell National Park on this day trip from Melbourne. Travel in a comfortable and airconditioned coach and enjoy a refreshing morning tea. Stop for pictures viewpoints, take a stroll at Apollo Bay and admire the 12 Apostles limestone stacks. Enjoy morning views of Melbourne city and Port Phillip Bay as you cross the Westgate Bridge, Australia’s longest bridge, at just under 1.5 miles (2.6 kilometers). Embark on one of the world’s greatest drives to tour the Great Ocean Road. Take in a scenic journey along the Great Ocean Road. Stop for photos opportunity the Memorial Arch at Eastern View as well as at Kennett River, home to a large population of cute and cuddly wild koalas. A sighting is almost guaranteed as they munch away on Eucalyptus leaves. Marvel at Apollo Bay and walk around the famous coastal town. Afterward, follow the Great Ocean Road away from the water and into the mountains. Proceed through the spectacular Otway Ranges and stop to enjoy a stroll in the cool, temperate rainforest at Maits Rest. Continue to Port Campbell National Park, with its iconic array of rock formations. Visit Loch Ard Gorge and Gibson Steps, and be awestruck by the majestic monoliths of the 12 Apostles. Take advantage of a dinner stop on the journey back to Melbourne at the township of Colac. Enjoy a scenic view of the illuminated city as you cross Westgate Bridge on the way home.

Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Dolphin and Seal Eco Adventure Cruise

2. Sorrento: 1.5-Hour Dolphin and Seal Eco Adventure Cruise

On board the swift eco boat, cruise by the glorious coast of the Mornington Peninsula. Explore 20-million-year-old sandy cliffs, immaculate holiday homes, and pristine beaches. The coastline is part of the Point Nepean National Park and Port Phillip Bay, home to a variety of wildlife including seals, dolphins, occasional migrating whales, and over 70 different species of seabird. Tour Port Phillip Bay and cruise by the Ticonderoga Bay Dolphin Sanctuary as you look at the cliffs leading to Point Nepean and the original defense forts precinct built to guard the entrance to Port Phillip Bay. Known as The Rip, this is where the waters of the bay meet the seas of Bass Strait. Passing by protected marine parks and Ramsar Convention wetlands, you'll enjoy 360-degree views from the open vessel. During the summer months, the migratory shearwater birds congregate en masse with thousands upon thousands of birds rafting together on the water's surface. Australian fur seals, once hunted excessively for their pelts, are now fully protected and enjoy resting on a manmade haul-out platform in the bay. Here the seals get out of the water and rest after days of fishing. Seeing them up close you will be mesmerized by their presence and adore their features. From around June through to August (winter), along the southern coast of Victoria, the waters are home to the migration passages of whales. Sightings of humpback, southern right and killer whales are increasing year on year. Visits into Port Phillip Bay are becoming more frequent and it's possible to gain some amazing sightings.

Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

3. Port Phillip Bay: 2-Hour Seal Swim

Embark on an unforgettable underwater adventure, snorkeling with cheeky and cheerful Australian fur seals. Departing Sorrento Pier in Victoria's picturesque Mornington Peninsula, your cruise commences with welcome tea or coffee as you revel in views of the coastline and cliff-top mansions. Arriving at Chinaman's Hat, a structure built just for the seals in Port Phillip Bay, you will take the plunge to swim with these gentle, playful and curious creatures. This sheltered area has a maximum depth of four meters and participants can float on the surface and watch the seals swim freely around them if they wish.

Mornington Peninsula: SUP, Hike, & Hot Springs Trip w/ Lunch

4. Mornington Peninsula: SUP, Hike, & Hot Springs Trip w/ Lunch

Discover the best of the Mornington Peninsula on this ultimate adventurous day out like no other and explore the best of the Mornington Peninsula on this day trip. Enjoy an incredible day of paddleboarding, a winery visit, a coastal hike, and bathing at the hot springs. Meet at the iconic 19th century McCrae Lighthouse by the crystal clear waters of the Peninsula. Begin your adventure at one of the most beautiful white sandy beaches on the Peninsula adorned with the famous colorful bathing boxes. Embark on a SUP lesson and tour along the crystal clear waters of the Mornington Peninsula with your guide who is a certified SUP instructor. There are often dolphins close by, so remember to keep your eyes peeled! Explore along the coastline and admire the stunning vistas and backdrop of Arthur's Seat. After your SUP experience, you have a bit of time to get changed or grab a coffee before hopping into the van and traveling along the southern coastline of the peninsula. Next, enjoy a guided coastal hike along nature trails with ocean vistas to Bushrangers Bay. Look out for wildlife like kangaroos and echidnas before arriving at the rugged, expansive, and jaw-dropping ocean scenery. As you look out onto a deserted bay, see the turquoise blue rock pools. Refuel and indulge your palate with a delicious picnic lunch full of fresh local produce at a spectacular beach viewpoint. You will also have some other refreshments such as native tea, coffee, and local beverages. After lunch, unwind at the Peninsula Hot Springs. Set amongst beautiful natural surroundings, relax in a tranquil setting with over 50 global bathing experiences, including an amphitheater of geothermal pools, ice caves, saunas, and hammocks. After some time at the hot springs head to a beautiful laid-back winery that focuses on incorporating organic practices. Taste some of the best wines on the peninsula whilst enjoying the views. Finally, take a scenic drive via the summit of the Mornington Peninsula back to McCrae Lighthouse.

Mornington Peninsula: Guided Food & Wine Cycling Tour

5. Mornington Peninsula: Guided Food & Wine Cycling Tour

Start your guided food and wine bike tour at Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Embark on a fantastic route past some of the most idyllic scenery you could ever hope to pedal through. Cycle mostly on dirt paths and mainly downhill. Begin the day with incredible views from Port Phillip Bay to the city. Enjoy a leisurely cycle, pass vineyards, berry farms and local produce stores. Stop for a relaxed vineyard pizza lunch with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.  Have time to enjoy leisurely wine tastings with extraordinary views to match. Try local Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays this area has become famous for. After the wine tastings, wrap up a brilliant day with a lift back to your vehicle at Arthurs Seat.

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What people are saying about Port Phillip Bay

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Aaron, our tour guide was very positive and enthusiastic throughout the entire day! He ensured everyone was comfortable for the journey and was very factual along the way. The tour is amazing and you see some cool things and get some good photos, only down side of the day was we only got 30 minutes for dinner so it felt a bit rushed, it’s better to drop us back off in Melbourne so we can eat properly or allow more time. Other than that the day was great and I recommend it, also 5 star for Aaron, and yes I did enjoy the views and the tunes.

Fantastic trip with Chris H, 2nd trip with him (3rd trip with Go West). As usual, he met us with big smile and told us jokes and share with us stories or info of each places we visited. Loved his "sand map" the most! simply informative and "entertaining"! Chris H is always a "ready to help photograher".

The trip was very good, and we enjoyed the beatuful places even though it was raining the whole time. The guide- Sherif was very nice, entertaining and informative- he told us a lot of interesting things we didn't know before. Loved the wonderful views and every stop we made! :)

Fantastic scenery and a well executed trip by our fantastic guide Sherif who was a walking encyclopedia......plus a great fun guy.

Beautiful long day on the great ocean road ,amazing tour guide big thanks to Lucy from Go West tour