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Dolphin Watch & National Park From Melbourne

US$ 133.23 Price per person from View price guide

Highlights

  • Stunning photo opportunities
  • Watch wild dolphins frisking in the waves
  • Meet friendly fur seals
  • Encounters with all kinds of exciting marine wildlife
  • Award-winning local activity operator
  • Boxed lunch, tea and snacks included

Overview

Discover the beauty of Mornington Peninsula and the magnificent marine wildlife of Port Phillip Bay on this adventure tour.

Visit Point Nepean, explore the National Park and admire the views from the cliff-tops. Your guide can tell you many stories about this place and its role in Australia’s history.

Board a boat at Sorrento and enjoy a wildlife cruise around the sheltered shallows of Port Phillip Bay. Meet the friendly fur seals at Chinaman’s Hat and see the hive of activity at the gannet colony.

Then enjoy a thrilling encounter with wild bottlenose dolphins. As these graceful creatures frolic around the boat, your skilled crew will ensure you get grandstand views. Make sure you have your camera ready to capture the action!

Itinerary

The Dolphin Watch & National Park experience starts when you join the tour at 570 Flinders Street Melbourne. You will be driven out to Point Nepean National Park on the Mornington Peninsula in a luxury air-conditioned coach. On the way you will enjoy one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives.

Point Nepean lies on the far west of the Mornington Peninsula and showcases spectacular scenery and magnificent views of the Bass Strait. The area has a rich human history dating back 40,000 years. It is also famous as the place where the Prime Minister of Australia, Harold Holt, disappeared in 1967.

After exploring the National Park you will board a luxury vessel for an adventure cruise around Port Phillip Bay. Sit back and enjoy views of the splendid cliff-top homes and private beaches of Sorrento and Portsea. Your captain will head over to Chinaman’s Hat, a favorite basking place for Australian fur seals. You will be amazed at how close you can get to these friendly wild creatures.

From Chinaman’s Hat you will cruise to Popes Eye Marine Park to visit the Australian gannet colony. Your guide will share all kinds of interesting information about these seabirds and tell you the history of the Marine Park.

Leaving the chatter of the gannets behind, your captain will set off in search of Port Phillip’s wild bottlenose dolphins. The boat will get right up to the dolphins so you can see them playing in the waves or diving under the boat

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During the cruise you have the freedom to walk around the vessel and enjoy the changing scenery. The friendly crew will serve hot drinks from the on-board cafe throughout the cruise. A picnic lunch is also provided during the day.

At the end of the cruise, the boat will drop you at the pier and you will then board your coach for the drive back to Melbourne. The tour ends back at 570 Flinders Street.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

01 Oct - 31 May: Daily

Duration

10 hours

Start time

Start time: 0715h (07:15am). Please check in 20 minutes prior to departure time.
Duration: 10 hours

Meeting point

Tour Starts at 570 Flinders Street Melbourne.
Please report at the meeting point 20 minutes before the start time. This is mandatory to allow time for pre-departure briefing.

Ending point

Tour Ends at 570 Flinders Street Melbourne.

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Inclusions

  • Transportation in a luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Qualified naturalist English-speaking guide
  • Visit to Point Nepean National Park
  • 3-hour wildlife cruise on luxury vessel
  • Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate
  • Seasonal fruit platter or biscuit selection
  • Picnic lunch

Exclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Marine park tax to be paid on arrival (approx AU$1.00 per person)
  • Towels

Do/Dont's

Bring a hat and sun-screen. Don’t forget the camera!

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Please note

Please reconfirm tour by 1600h (4:00pm) on the day prior to departure. Failure to do so may result in cancellation.
Please carry a copy of your voucher with you

Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
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Cancellation policy

See the Cancellation policy for this product

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