Posts Tagged ‘on the water’

Short history of the Queenscliff-Sorrento ferry

For visitors to the towns of Queenscliff and Sorrento on the shores of Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, the car ferry that links the two is a familiar sight, and there is no better reason to look at the history of it than today: the 24th anniversary of the first sailing of the service.

MV Queenscliff crosses the bay, Pope's Eye and Chinaman's Hat in the background

Raymond Island Ferry

As a born and bred Victorian, when I think “car ferry” I picture the big vessels used on the Queenscliff – Sorrento run across Port Phillip Heads, not the dinky little punts used to cross rivers. However, Victoria does have one such ferry: crossing the 152 metre wide McMillan Strait between Paynesville and Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes.

Ferry arriving into Raymond Island