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Address: Queenscliff Harbour, Queenscliff, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 5258 4019
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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South Bay Eco Adventures is an award-winning ecotourism company...

South Bay Eco Adventures is an award-winning ecotourism company specialising in guided sightseeing boat tours of Southern Port Phillip Bay, the Rip and Port Phillip Heads.

View the spectacular Rip, the stretch of water connecting the Bay and Bass Strait, and discover the wildlife that calls Port Phillip Bay home, including dolphins, seals, penguins and sea birds.

Explore areas only accessible by boat, on an up close nature-based adventure highlighting the unique history, wildlife and coastal landscape of Southern Port Phillip Bay.

The purpose-built eco boat offers exceptional visibility for everyone on board, with a design that ensures a smooth, stable and comfortable ride.

We offer a range of tours to suit all ages and interests.

Tours operate between September and May.

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Two weeks two tours

I did a Mud Islands birdwatching tour two weeks ago and had such a marvellous time when a pop up Explorer tour was advertised I didn't hesitate and booked it straight away. Mud... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Francien39
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I did a Mud Islands birdwatching tour two weeks ago and had such a marvellous time when a pop up Explorer tour was advertised I didn't hesitate and booked it straight away. Mud Islands was special, we saw almost 30 species of birds, Tania the bird expert pointed out birds that I wouldn't have noticed and provided information that made... More 

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Thank Francien39
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

You could be considered a frequent flyer with South Bay Eco Adventures now! Thanks for coming aboard two very different feature tours we offer. We're so pleased you enjoyed both. I'm not sure who is having more fun out there sometimes - our guests or us?! We have certainly never experienced a tour like the pop up Explorer Tour, in... More 

Geelong, Australia
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17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I booked the explorer tour as a last minute treat to myself, after hearing about the great marine life that has been in the bay lately. This tour didn't disappoint. We saw three types of dolphin species - both within and just outside of Port Phillip Bay. There were large numbers and they were so active! They would swim right... More 

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Thank Jade C
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and kind words about our team. We certainly love what we do and to be able to share that with our guests makes it all the more fun. What an incredible tour with SO many amazing dolphins putting on a show. It certainly was jam packed action. We look forward to seeing you aboard... More 

Bacchus Marsh, Australia
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18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I did the South Channel Fort Tour on Sunday 19 March. The weather was fantastic and the tour itself was wonderful. History, wildlife and friendly professional guides (Mike and Monica) made for a perfect day. We visited the Popes Eye to view the gannets, Chinaman's Hat with its seals, and South Fort with its fascinating history, then... More 

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Thank jando3
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review John. We are so pleased you enjoyed our South Channel Fort tour. Yes, we do tend to get carried away with the duration of our tour when there is such magnificent wildlife to be experienced up close. The dolphins have been in abundance this season and very playful indeed. We look forward to seeing... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A few days before our trip to Mud Islands the boat from another company blew an engine and was unavailable, so I called SBEA in a panic. Mike and Sarah quickly organised a trip for us of two full boat loads of birdwatchers. My group was extremely complimentary on the comfort and design of the boat and impressed with its... More 

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Thank Tania800
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

We were happy we could oblige Tania. And it was such a spectacular day. We're pleased everyone enjoyed themselves. See you next time. More 

Sunbury, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome experience, highly recommended! Plenty of wildlife in compacted into 1.5 hours including Dolphins, Seals, Penguins and more... Crew were great too.

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Thank U3778AFjohn
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

We appreciate your review. The dolphins have really put on a show for us this season. We're so pleased you enjoyed your experience. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 4th trip to Mud Island and it did not disappoint. The guide, Tania, is a goldmine of information and always helpful to novices. This time we three of our grandchildren and they all had a great time.

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Thank gdixonrb
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Always good to see you aboard Gail. And we're so pleased your grandchildren had the opportunity to come and visit a place close to your heart as a child. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Thank you for making this trip a really enjoyable experience. The crew and guide were very friendly and informative and we found out so much more about our local history. Seeing the seals and gannets added to the whole experience.

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Thank bilandan
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

We appreciate you taking the time to review your experience with us. We are so pleased your enjoyed the South Channel Fort tour. We hope to see you on board again. More 

Geelong, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

My family and I had a wonderful time with you. Good balance of History, explanation of the Rip and entrance to Pt Philip Bay, sighting the dolphins, being among the seals and gannets. Just wonderfull, exciting. Thank you!

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Thank _whwiseman
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for coming aboard and bringing your granddaughters to share the experience with you. We were pleased we could introduce them to the residents of the bay. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Hi, Our family of four ( 7 & 9 yr old boys) did the discovery tour at the end of our 9 day stay in Portarlington on 28th Jan 2017. Boys were at first reluctant as they usually find boat cruises 'boring'. Well that soon changed when they saw our boat and they raced to the front seats. They absolutely... More 

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Thank Bruno R
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for your fabulous review. It is the very reason why we have chosen to do what we do - we have passionate people working with us who respect and love the local environment as much as we do. To give our guests, especially children that up close nature based adventure hopefully ignites the same passion. We are certainly... More 

Torquay, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Our family went on the discovery tour and loved it. We had fun on a perfect weather morning - saw lots of wildlife and learnt about the history of the area as well as the heads and rip etc Sarah, Mike & Roger are friendly and professional- we felt safe in their experienced hands. Good to have their jackets to... More 

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Thank Kerryn V
Mike R, Owner at South Bay Eco Adventures, responded to this review

Thanks Kerryn! It was great to have you aboard. And what a magic day. We're very pleased you felt safe and enjoyed yourselves. It's great to get your feedback. Most appreciated. We might see you again aboard another tour. More 

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