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Review of Searoad Ferries

Searoad Ferries
Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Sorrento
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Owner description: The spectacular 40-minute trip on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service links Melbourne’s most magnificent coastal regions: the Bellarine Peninsula and Mornington Peninsula.Both destinations have a vast number of attractions to explore. Then, from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, it’s a leisurely 2-hour scenic drive to Phillip Island and the famous Penguin Parade. From Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, you’re very close to the glorious Great Ocean Road.Stroll on board as a passenger or bring your car – it’s the fast and environmentally friendly alternative to the drive of more than 200 km through the city from one peninsula to the other.All weather, hourly crossings, 7 Days…Two specially designed all-weather 60-metre ferries depart from both destinations on the hour, every hour, 7am to 6pm daily. Enjoy easy drive on/drive off facilities, spacious comfortable lounges with full-length windows, a tempting cafe and plenty of deck space.There are ever-changing sights – watch out for dolphins, whales in winter and enormous ships as you breathe incredibly fresh air.Arriving at Sorrento, you’ll have a perfect view of multi-million dollar mansions sitting atop cliffs, tiny coves filled with boats, the beautiful foreshore and old limestone buildings.Queenscliff is dominated by the fascinating 1860s Fort Queenscliff, but has many gracious old buildings including grand historic hotels and guesthouses.The specially designed all weather ferries have easy drive on/drive off facilities, no turning required.Easy and convenient.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great short cut across the bay. Very easy to get on and off the ferry with car (many with vans and trailers too). Weather was unpleasant but we sat inside and watched the scenery on deck. Ride was smooth.

Thank Andrew H
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Leanne J, Manager at Searoad Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your lovely review. We agree it is a great short cut across the bay rather than the long and tedious drive around. And the scenery is far more beautiful! The all weather ferries make the crossing pleasant all year. Warm and cosy inside in winter, or brave the fresh winter air on deck and the ever changing views and feel over summer, autumn and spring. Fresh sea air anytime of the year is good for the soul!

Hope to see you back onboard again soon.

Warmest regards,

Leanne

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fun experience driving the car onto the ferry. However, passengers on vehicles have to wait for passengers on foot to board the ferry and hence we did not manage to get seats by the windows on the ferry. The queue for food and drink is very long. Interior of ferry is clean and comfortable.

Thank Clara N
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Leanne J, Manager at Searoad Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your review. In the interest of passenger safety, foot passengers are boarded at separate times from vehicles. In the future, we are pleased to advise, new terminals buildings will allow boarding of foot passengers directly into the lounge area. There are full length windows throughout the vessels and plenty of seats and of course outdoor viewing decks to take in the view. During busy times the queue for food can look long, however, our food and beverage team do a great job of processing orders very quickly. We hope you enjoyed the crossing and had a chance to spot some dolphins or whales.

Hope to see you onboard again sometime soon.

Warmest regards,

Leanne

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walk on (bikes travel free). This is a great value ferry ride for pedestrians. Travelled to Sorrento for lunch, then back in the afternoon. Great scenery along the way, you can choose inside or outside seating.

Thank Ray B
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Leanne J, Manager at Searoad Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. Fantastic that you took your bikes, there are so many greta spots to ride form other ferry terminals. From Sorrento there is Point Nepean National Park that has wonderful biking and from Queenscliff there is the Bellarine Rail Trail. Bikes are free cyclists pay the foot passenger price but need to enter via the car ticket area.

Hope to see you onboard again soon - with or without your bikes!

Regards,

Leanne

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great ferry trip – Instead of driving all the way back through Melbourne, we were advised to take the Portsea ferry. It’s not cheap but then it’s a boat trip in itself. We arrived on the other side after about an hour or so and entered this amazing little historical town!
The boat trip is fairly smooth, free wifi on board and plenty of seating and facilities for kids and adults.. You can also get hot food and drinks on board.

Thank annettelaurie
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Leanne J, Manager at Searoad Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. We are so glad you enjoyed crossing Port Phillip Bay aboard our ferries. We sail between Sorrento & Queenscliff, which as you say is an amazing historical town, with beautiful boom time architecture. There is a lot to see around the town including the historical fort, black lighthouse, beautiful; harbour and am nay galleries, cafes and shops!

Hope to see you on your next trip down our way.

Regards,

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent bang for bucks. Seniors return trip from Sorrento to Queenscliffe includes two course lunch at ferry terminal at queenscliffe. Great day out.

Thank Colin O
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Leanne J, Manager at Searoad Ferries, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. Our Sail to Lunch package is available everyday for all customers. Our current package is $39 and includes 2 course and a glass of wine @ RORO Cafe on the Beach in Queenscliff, and a return foot passenger ticket. For those already in Queenscliff you can sail to Sorrento before or after lunch!

In October we have our Seniors offer - Fish n Chip offer for only $25. All details on our website.

Hope to see you onboard again soon.

Regards,

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