A mysterious island – complete with rare wildlife and a secret underground military base to boot… It might sound like something out of a 1950's adventure novel, but it exists right on Queenscliff's doorstep, and it's once again open to the general public.
Not only does the fort itself represent an important part of Victoria's colonial history and a wonderful example of cutting edge military technology as it stood in the late 1800's, it also provides important breeding habitat for the endangered White-faced Storm Petrel and other bird species.
This fun filled adventure includes a boat cruise that takes in the best bits of southern Port Phillip Bay, including Popes Eye (part of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park) and the seals of Chinaman's Hat. Docking at South Channel Fort, there is then a guided 1hr walking tour through this once top secret military base.
The tour runs for 3 hours and participants should be prepared for a variety of weather conditions (e.g. wear a hat or bring a jacket). A decent pair of walking shoes is required as participants will need to navigate fairly rough terrain, and we highly recommend bringing a torch!
Currently we have a number of dates coming up, but the first is scheduled for...
- Sat 9th of February 5:30pm
- Sat 23rd of February 5:30pm
We expect this to disappear very quickly, so don't hesitate in booking your spot on this very special and unique tour! Online booking is also available, by clicking the orange button at the top right of this screen.
$55 Children (0-15yrs)
Please view our documents below for more information:
3 hrs (ish)
Everyone - although a certain level of mobility is required to climb onto the island dock from the boat. If in doubt - give us a call on 5258 3889.
Fully guided walking tour around Sth Channel Fort - including full access to the underground tunnels and bunkers, Boat tour to Popes Eye & Chinaman's Hut with complimentary tea, coffee and light refreshments throughout.
Please bring a good pair of walking shoes, a jacket / hat (according to the weather) and a torch!
Our aim is to give you the very best experience that nature allows us on the day - please allow for some flexibility due to weather and water conditions, as well as the whims of the animals we work with. We may need to alter program or locality to suit.
A Happy Customer
A fantastic tour! Really enjoyed it.
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Departing every morning and afternoon, this fun-filled 3.5 hour trip includes:
- Learn to snorkel at Popes Eye
- Australian Fur Seals
- Burrunan Dolphins *
- All equipment supplied - no experience necessary
- Light refreshments
- Great photo opportunities
- Qualified Life Saving Victoria approved snorkel instructors
*NOTE: Dolphins are wild animals in their own habitat. Swimming with them is controlled by strick regulations to ensure the future of their survival. Although every effort is made, we cannot guarantee a sighting every time.
Where We Are
Shop 3, Building 6, Queenscliff Boat Harbour
Larkin Pde, Queenscliff
(Melways 499 J9)
Approximately 1.5 hrs from Melbourne CBD
Dolphin Swim Season:
October - May