The ride on the car and passenger ferry takes about 40 minutes to cross the southern part of the bay.
During the trip across you will enjoy many sights including historic buildings and lighthouses of Queenscliff, millionares cliff top homes of Portsea and Sorrento, cliffs and dunes of Point Nepean, large ships on their jouneys to and from the ports of Melbourne and Geelong.
The southern part of the bay is also renowned for it's marine life. During the trip you may be lucky enough to see dolphins, fur seals, southern right whales and many species of sea birds.
The ferry is an all weather service making 24 crossings daily, every day of the year- on the hour every hour from 7am - 6pm.
One-way fares are about AU$9 for adults and AU$7 for children
South-eastern bayside suburbs (where I call home)
Beautiful tree lined and beachfront suburbs with coastal bike/skating paths, piers for walking and fishing, hire a boat or kayak, perhaps go sailing in the bay, fresh seafood, galleries, pubs, boutiques and dining.
Melbourne hugs the enormous Port Philip Bay, as you'll see on any map. As a result, it's a fairly protected area (only a few dangerous shark sightings every year), and the fishing is fantastic. I'm well acquainted with the fishing on the Mornington Pier (shown in the photo - 1 hour drive from Melbourne CBD), where at various times of the year you can catch Flathead, King George Whiting, Snapper, Garfish, Squid and Salmon. Your best bet is to head down to the local fishing/tackle store for advice, or do what I did when I first started - ask the locals who have the most fish in their buckets! Westernport Bay is a great offshore fishing area, and you'll also find Charter Boats all around the Bay, where you'll get hands-on advice, tips and equipment. For a day on the Bay, it's definitely worth it.