Travelling on the Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry

The Queenscliff to Sorrento Ferry connects up Phillip Island and the Great Ocean Road, two of Australia’s most beautiful destinations. Along the Great Ocean Road, there are tonnes of natural sights to soak up, including the Twelve Apostles, the Gibson Steps, and magnificent cliffs. On Phillip Island, it is all about white sands, turquoise waters, and incredible animal encounters. Being able to travel easily between these two top destinations means visitors can really get under the skin of Australia’s natural beauty.

The crossing is carried out by Searoad Ferries and takes around 40 minutes, travelling along a breath-taking coastal route that has been dubbed one of the best in the world. Along the way, passengers can soak up a mesmerising array of sights. Dolphins jump in and out of the water, while massive ships glide elegantly through the waves. It offers a much more beautiful way to cross from one peninsula to the other, avoiding city traffic jams and monotonous freeways.

History of the Ferry Crossing

The ferry service came to life back in 1987 when the Peninsula Princess became the quickest way to travel from the Great Ocean Road to Phillip Island. It quickly became a popular route, so another, larger ferry – the MV Queenscliff – took over.

In 2001, the service became so popular that another ferry was added to the team. Both ships underwent a makeover, where they were fitted with modern, comfortable interiors and amenities for passengers to enjoy during the journey. While the MV Queenscliff was being upgraded, the Peninsula Princess was brought out of retirement for the first time in 10 years.

Enjoying Sorrento and Queenscliff

From the Sorrento side of the bay, it’s just a 500m walk from the ferry terminal to the main strip in Sorrento. Here, you can tuck into a delicious lunch at one of the numerous cafes dotted around, and admire the ferry terminal’s heritage-listed building while you wait. On the other side, the centre of Queenscliff is around 1km from the ferry terminal, where you’ll find top attractions like the Bellarine Peninsula Railway, the Maritime Museum, and Fort Queenscliff. There are several pubs and cafes located in the city, giving you plenty of opportunity to relax and refuel. Many passengers choose to take their car over on the ferry one way, and return on the longer route via the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsulas.

Practical Information

The ferry travels every hour in all weather conditions, 7 days a week. Journeys run from between 7am and 6pm.