Port Phillip Bay

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A Boaties Haven

Glenn Watson
Reviewed Feb 2016
Located at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay, the Mornington Peninsula is a boaties haven. Turquoise waters & long sandy beaches are the major attraction for the many boat owners that enjoy this special part of the coast. Plenty of great anchorages offer good shelter in most conditions with Hidden Harbour Marina at Martha Cove, Blairgowrie Marina & Mornington Harbour also offering excellent shelter and access to services.

Allow the dolphins to escort you while cruising past the mansions at Portsea, anchor off the cliffs of Mount Martha or drop a line at one of the many great fishing locations along this stretch of water - the Mornington Peninsula has something to offer all boaties.
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Port Phillip Bay - The Rip

Mal Dougherty
Reviewed Sep 2016
An interesting place which can vary from a mill pond to a dammed awful place to be. A good idea is to contact Coast Guard and ascertain best time to enter or leave Port Phillip Bay and try and time your journey accordingly. I prefer the west side to sail out & in of the Rip and tend to head out a ways before changing direction. Keep an eye out for commercial shipping which can be busy, usually at the most inconvenient time, they will let you know if you are in their path..... When contacting the Coast Guard ask them to advise you of shipping in and around the time you anticipate traveling through the Rip.
Commercial shipping can be busy
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Squid Fishing, Mount Eliza

Adam Royter
Reviewed Nov 2016
Consistency is what you can expect if you fish for squid in Port Phillip Bay. It can produce some really big squid, but it’s best known for quantity.
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Moorings - Port Phillip Bay - Sorrento

Mal Dougherty
Reviewed Sep 2016
After coming through the Rip head east and follow the beautiful coast past Point Nepean, the site of Fort Nepean, where the first shot was fired by allied forces in WW1, the old quarantine station. Sail past the cliffs with prime real estate on top. You could stop off at the Portsea Pub for a meal. After passing Portsea continue to follow the coast and start to be mindful of the channel markers. The bay gets surprisingly shallow very quickly if you do not stay in the channel (most times it is sand....). It is not unusual to have the pleasure of the company of our friendly dolphins and keep an eye out for the Queenscliff - Sorrento ferry. Their are two ferrys traveling between the ports every hour, the trip takes about 45 minutes and is a good way to get to see either port if you have decided to stay at the other.

Sorrento is a lovely seaside village with its variety of shops - clothing, art gallery, supermarket, ice-creamery, fish and chips and numerous restaurant and other specialist shops; there is a cinema as well.

Sorrento is the home of the wonderful "couta boat". When you are lucky enough to be here on the weekend you will see the beauty of them all under full sail. They sail out of the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, you will need to be signed in, good food / coffee / bar.

Back to sailing and mooring at Sorrento. Parks Victoria have provided five public moorings, they have large orange floats and are marked with Parks Victoria. You cannot book these moorings but they would appreciate you calling them on 13 1963.
Lovely seaside village with variety of shops
Home of the "couta boat"
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Queenscliff - Well worth a stop!

Mal Dougherty
Reviewed undefined NaN
Just after entering the heads is the lovely township of Queenscliff. This little town is well worth a stop with its interesting historic buildings and great hotels and eateries. Other attractions, steam train (mainly on weekends) surf, Queenscliff music festival, ferry service across bay to Sorrento (another little town with lots of interesting shops and eateries...)
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