Domestic Travel

Courtney Allan

Wine by the water: The Victorian ferry tour that must be experienced

Wine by the water: The Victorian ferry tour that must be experienced

As Victoria wineries are usually over an hour away from Melbourne, the trouble is that you usually need a designated driver to get there.

However, that’s set to change with the introduction of ferry rides.

The ferry rides will shuttle guests from the Docklands across Port Phillip Bay to Portarlington, which is nestled on the Bellarine Peninsula near Geelong. The Bellarine Peninsula is well known for its chardonnay and pinot noir.

For those who live in Melbourne, Port Phillip Bay has largely been considered a prime location for fishing, swimming or watching sunsets over. The ferry has changed all of that.

The ferry journey will take around 90 minutes to get you to your chosen winery, distillery or both if you’re feeling adventurous.

However, if a wine tour isn’t your cup of tea, you can enjoy a variety of food trips that are on offer, which allow you to enjoy what Portarlington is known for: Mussels. You’re able to enjoy a fresh lunch of mussels that have come directly from the farmer. What a treat.

Prices for these trips and food experiences vary from $68 per person to $180 per person, but it includes your return ferry trip home so that’s one extra cost you won’t have to bear.

Just make sure to keep an eye on the weather before you head off, as this experience is definitely more enjoyable on a warm day.