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.
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.