Mornington Peninsula boat sightseeing trip: Tall Ships

Well the Tall Ships have gone and the International Tall Ship Festival has finished in Melbourne, fishing’s picking up after a few weeks of the duldrums and the school holidays are here!

If you missed seeing the ships leave Melbourne that’s alright, we have plenty of photos to share.


We took two sighseeing cruises out from Sorrento into Port Phillip Bay to get up close and see the ships say goodbye to Melbourne.


The evening sunset cruise from Sorrento around Blairgowrie/Capel Sound had a really nice local family on board, another super friendly local girl involved with the Mornington Farmers Market (check it out!) and a couple from Melbourne keen to get out on the water for something a bit different. The kids in particular were loving being out on the water, it’s something a bit different for them and seeing ships that looked like something from Pirates of the Caribbean from up close was pretty cool for not only the littler ones but for all of us.

The morning boat trip from Sorrento to Port Phillip Heads to see the ships leave Melbourne to set sail for Hobart had a great mixed bag of passengers; ‘Marzy’ from local Mornington Peninsula radio RPP FM (98.7FM)’s “Breakfast with Johnno and Marzy 6-9am” doing live crosses to Bob Phillips’ show from our cabin, a local couple on the cruise as birthday present, a few more locals (including my partner Em who hi-jacked one of the spots to do some awesome photography for us), another photographer, and a Melbourne family including a man of Dutch origin keen to see some of his nation’s history sailing up close and who gave us a much needed lesson on how the heck to pronounce ‘Oosterschelde’.



We followed the ships as they unanchored off Blairgowrie and were led into the shipping lanes where we got to see them unfurl the sails for their parade out of the Heads. We cruised along the line of ships and my passengers waved to the crew, took photos and chatted.


Both our Sorrento boat trips were completely sold out (9 people each) but there was plenty of space on boardSeamphonyand everyone seemed to be having a good time. I always try to keep my boat clean and comfortable, which means regularly changing a black boat covered in squid ink back into a pure white boat, cleaning the toilet, maintaining the motor, repainting…who says fishermen aren’t domestic? Some champagne was cracked to toast the ships as they left through the Rip after parading past Queenscliff. By this stage there was no time to relax for me, I was busy navigating a charter boat through a maze of boats who had all come to farewell the ships on their leg from Melbourne to Hobart… peak hour was ON!


Check out the people packed onto Point Nepean! Just quietly, I think we had pretty good seats.


We did some sightseeing of some of Melbourne’s historic barracks and the Quarantine station as well as the Portsea mansions on the way back and we got some really nice feedback from the trip from the crew on board. Thanks again guys.


If you’re thinking of getting out on the water with us, do it! You can book it in via our contact form or give me a call on 0488229752.

Sightseeing off the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula is some of Melbourne’s best, particularly if we time it with sunset… you’re on your own over the water and there’s so much variety in what we can do! School holidays are here, our charter is family friendly! We have all kinds of animals and marine life visit us and can cruise to any of the local sightseeing attractions on the Peninsula and the Bay. For more info check out Charter Information > Sightseeing Tours

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JOE FARR FISHING CHARTERS is a professional bay and ocean fishing charter exclusively for small groups. Joe Farr Fishing Charters operates in Port Phillip Bay, Bass Strait & takes charters in the Rip around Port Phillip Heads. Joe Farr Fishing Charters departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, about an hour south of Melbourne Victoria. Also taking bluefin tuna ocean fishing trips off Portland Victoria during tuna season and available for non-fishing boat charter. Bookings essential on 0488229752 or contact Joe online here.

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