Enjoy a journey of discovery around the entire circumference of Port Phillip Bay! On this intimate tour you'll follow the bay from St Kilda to Mornington, before heading to picturesque Sorrento to board the ferry across the bay entrance to Queenscliff. Return to Melbourne via the waterfront city of Geelong.

AUD $140pp

Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne
Runs: Tuesday and Saturday. This tour operates on other days for private groups.
Departs at: 7am
Departs from: Selected CBD hotels and St Paul’s Cathedral
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

⟶ All Melbourne scenic day tours

4.5 stars

Editor's summary:

‘This small group experience offers something for everyone, and always within sight of majestic Port Phillip Bay. You’ll visit Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula for the spectacular bay views, and enjoy your choice of activity on the Peninsula including a winery or fruit farm visit. The ferry crossing from Sorrento to historic Queenscliff is another highlight. Enjoy this fabulous day by the bay!’

Tour highlights

  • Do a full circle of majestic Port Phillip Bay
  • Enjoy fabulous coastal scenery from St Kilda to Mornington
  • Explore the seaside town of Sorrento
  • Relax on board the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff
  • See the vibrant Geelong waterfront precinct
  • Maximum group size: 11.

What's included

  • Guided small group tour with commentary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transport
  • CBD hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Friendly and knowledgeable guide
  • Ferry crossing from Sorrento to Queenscliff
  • Visit to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.


Adults/children: AUD $140pp

This tour has one standard price for adults and children. This tour is not suitable for children under the age of four.

What you can expect

This small group Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour from Melbourne packs in a full circle of scenic Port Phillip Bay. Incorporating coastal vistas from St Kilda all the way down the Mornington Peninsula, a ferry ride from Sorrento across to Queenscliff, and finally a drive via Geelong back to Melbourne, you’ll get a ringside seat to the very best this stunning body of water has to offer.

You’ll set off from Melbourne in the early morning, travelling from the city to the bayside suburb of St Kilda, then following the bay all the way down to the glorious town of Mornington. You’ll stop for morning tea at the Mornington Pier (own expense), before continuing on around the bay. During the drive there will be time to stop for spectacular coastal views and photo opportunities at the region’s iconic bathing huts. [More]

It’s then time to turn inland, as this Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour heads towards Arthurs Seat for more panoramic vistas. Here you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a number of optional activities:

  • Visit to Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens
  • Visit to a two local fruit farms
  • Visit to a local winery
  • Visit to the Mornington Peninsula National Park

These activities are subject to time and availability, and incur a small additional charge — payable on the day.

Next, it’s on to beautiful Sorrento, where you’ll have ample opportunity to explore the town and purchase lunch (own expense). You’ll then board the Searoad Ferry for the trip across the entrance of Port Phillip Bay to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. Recharge your smart phone on board and enjoy free Wi-Fi. You may see whales or dolphins during the crossing.

You’ll enjoy a leisurely drive through historic Queenscliff, before a visit to the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse. Finally, this Mornington Peninsula and Port Phillip Bay Tour travels back to Melbourne via the vibrant waterfront city of Geelong — arriving back in the CBD at around 6pm.

Best price guarantee: If you find this tour elsewhere at a cheaper price, we will beat it by 10%. Some conditions apply. There are no booking or credit card fees when you book this tour with The Big Bus tour and travel guide.

Once your booking has been completed, a confirmation document will be sent automatically to your email address, including hotel pick-up details and operator contact information for the day. Please print the confirmation or have it available on your smart phone. Please refer to the booking confirmation for your confirmed pick-up time.

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Do you have a group enquiry? Please contact us.

This tour operates with a minimum of six participants. Your booking may be on request initially (unless minimum numbers have already been reached). We should be able to confirm the tour within a day or two. Where a tour does not proceed, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund. If you have a smaller group, please email [email protected] with your requested travel date and the number of passengers, and we will advise availability.

Morning tea, lunch and the optional activities listed are an additional cost. The optional activities are subject to availability on the day.

Hotel pick-ups are generally between 6.30 and 7am.

This tour operates in all weather conditions.