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Searoad Ferries - Sorrento to Queenscliff and return.

We had a great trip on Searoad Ferries across Port Phillip Bay from Sorrento to Queenscliff with the car and caravan in tow. I was a little nervous about towing the Mothership into a confined space, but as it turned out, it was really easy to drive on and drive off, even with a 22 ft van.

I had imagined that it was going to be a lot more difficult than it actually was, but the crew were really friendly and helpful and gave clear instructions on what to do. We were just asked to follow the yellow line on the right and keep the yellow line in the centre of the car (see video below).


Searoad Ferries - Onboard facilities

It all went very smoothly, and the facilities onboard were all that you could ask for - modern, comfortable lounge chairs and tables/chairs, big screen TV, Cafe with great coffee, sandwiches, cakes, cold drinks etc, and clean toilets. The views from the large windows in the lounge area and on the foredeck were just magnificent with the sunrise breaking over the horizon on the bay. The only problem we found was that it was all over too soon.

Sunrise at Sorrento

Searoad Ferries - Fares and Tickets

We decided to take the early bird special at 7am which allows you to take your caravan on board for just $22, no matter what length it is. As the Mothership is 22ft long, this saved us quite a bit of money. The 8am service also offers the same special deal. You can purchase your ticket from the ferry wharf or book online.

Of course you pay for your car and the number of passengers also. If you consider the alternative of driving through busy Melbourne streets and freeways that you are not familiar with to get to the other side, this is a great deal!

Sorrento Ferry Car Park

Approach to Searoad Ferry Terminal - Sorrento

Searoad Ferry arriving at Sorrento

Sorrento Pier

Passing another Searoad Ferry on Port Phillip Bay

One of the many beautiful sights on Port Phillip Bay

Looking over the bow of our Ferry

About to arrive in Queenscliff



Getting to Sorrento

One of our stops from Lakes Entrance to Sorrento, was at the Information Centre at Sale. We dropped in to ask the best way to go to Sorrento, and were told to take the Drouin exit off the freeway, follow the road to Lang Lang and then onto the Moorooduc Hwy and straight on down to Sorrento on the Point Nepean Hwy.

Easy when you know how and we have found that there's no substitute for local knowledge. The staff at the Info Centre were so helpful, even showering us with maps, guides, suggestions, and timetable information and brochures for the Queenscliff to Sorrento ferry.

No matter which way you are coming from towards Melbourne, we can highly recommend the easy way of avoiding Melbourne city traffic with your caravan, by taking the Searoad Ferry across Port Phillip Bay.

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