Welcome to Portsea


As well as its adjoining Point Nepean National Park, of most interest for tourists are the dive shops here offering a number of tours – from wreck dives and snorkelling to sea kayak trips to visit seals and dolphins.

You can walk the Farnsworth Track (1.5km, 30 minutes) out to scenic London Bridge, a natural rock formation, and spot middens of the Boonwurrung people who once called this area home.

Another big lure is the iconic Portsea Hotel, with its fantastic beer garden overlooking the bay.


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Portsea activities

$95.73 Day Trips & Excursions

Mornington Peninsula Food, Wine Minivan Tour from Melbourne

Your Mornington Peninsula food and wine road trip begins with pickup from your city hotel. Then relax on the scenic journey around Port Phillip Bay, down to the Mornington Peninsula, one of Melbourne's favorite seaside holiday destinations.The first stop is the peninsula's highest point, Arthurs Seat, for fabulous views over Port Phillip Bay, all the way to Melbourne and along the coast to Portsea.Your food tour continues along Arthurs Seat's winding back roads to Main Ridge Dairy. Taste a range of delicious goat's cheeses at this boutique dairy, and watch the delightful baby goats at play.Next stop is Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm to sample the fruit in a variety of ways. Sip strawberry liqueurs and wines, pair strawberries with chocolate or pick your own punnet of fresh strawberries if it's fruit-picking season.Then it’s time for some wine tasting at the boutique T'Gallant Winery, beautifully set on rolling hills in the middle of the peninsula. Sample chardonnay, pinot noir and other cool-climate wine varieties and receive tasting tips at this artisan-styled cellar door.Head to a local cafe in the quaint seaside village of Flinders for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Red Hill Estate Winery for more wine tasting and enjoy fabulous ocean views from the beautiful cellar door. Then finish your Mornington Peninsula food tour with sparkling wine at the award-winning vineyard Stonier, served with cheese and crackers.Relax on the drive back to Melbourne.

$115.02 Day Trips & Excursions

Mornington Peninsula Day Trip from Melbourne

On the Mornington Peninsula, a favorite getaway from Melbourne, you could be forgiven for thinking you were in Italy with the Mediterranean climate, olive trees and same boot-shaped geography! Only an hour from Melbourne, the peninsula offers everything from breathtaking beaches and national parks to vineyards. Admire the views from the Peninsula's highest point and most spectacular bay views right back to Melbourne: Murray's lookout at Arthurs Seat Travel to the tip of the peninsula to visit the seaside town of Portsea, with its famous coloured bathing boxes, stunning clifftop walks and beautiful lookouts such as London Bridge, see the beauty the peninsula has to offer. Summer schedule: November to April Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local farmgate with complimentary wine tasting, and take a walk among the vines. Then visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, where you can try your hand at picking strawberries (subject to weather conditions). Winter schedule: May to October Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local farmgate with complimentary wine tasting, and take a walk among the vines. Followed by a Cellar Door tasting at one of Morningtons Penninsula's small boutique wineries.  Heighten your senses while you lose yourself at the Enchanted Gardens and Lavender Farm. This traditional hedge maze will have you twisting and turning as you try to navigate your way out. Then wander the sweet-smelling lavender gardens and see the rose hedges.

$48.23 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

3-Hour Dolphin and Seal Sightseeing Cruise, Mornington Peninsula

Step aboard ‘Moonraker’ our flag ship vessel, your crew will be on hand to assist you in finding a seat and serve you a welcome dink as we cruise out into Port Phillip Bay, past the amazing cliff top homes and private beaches of Sorrento and Portsea.  With your family and friends we head over to Chinaman’s Hat, a local spot where the Australian Fur Seals are waiting to show you some amazing sights. You will be amazed at the friendliness and how close you can get to these truly wild creatures. From Chinaman’s Hat, we cruise magnificent Port Phillip Bay in search of the resident Bottle Nose Dolphins. There is no need to jump into the water, our technique will place you right next to the action – where you will have a fantastic view into the world of the dolphins. You have the freedom to walk around the boat and enjoy the many changing sights. On the bow of the boat you can often see the dolphins swimming right beneath your feet.  Morning and Afternoon refreshments are served onboard this cruise along with drinks and snacks, otherwise you're welcome to make purchase from the onboard cafe. The memories of this experience will remain with you forever and you too will have photos and stories to share among your fellow travellers. This tour is operated in conjunction with the 3 hour swim tour, so swimmers will be on this tour.   Tours facilities and inclusions: •   Luxury purpose built boat, •   Premium wildlife activities, •   Amazing photo opportunities, •   Refreshments and snacks  •   Undercover Seating, •   Sunscreen, and self serve refreshments, •   Self serve premium tea selection, coffee and hot Chocolate, •   Dolphin guarantee – if you don’t see dolphins on your tour come back for free! Tours are weather dependent and rely on suitable safe conditions. All our tours are operated on the basis of interacting with wild animals. We ask that you appreciate that they are completely wild and are not trained to interact with people. Our tours operate on a high 85% success rate of swimming and interacting with the Dolphins however we cannot guarantee them on every tour. Should you not see them you are welcome to come back any time within 3 months of your last tour for free, sorry we cannot provide refunds.

$40.81 Outdoor Activities

90minute Wildlife Adventure Cruise from Sorrento

Be just meters away from the Australian Fur Seals, cross the famous entry to Port Phillip Bay ‘The Rip’ and visit the Popes Eye Marine Park where the largest colony of Australasian Gannets and their chicks can be viewed. This tour also incorporates a leisurely cruise along the famous water front homes of Sorrento and Portsea as well as cruising the calm waters of the Ticonderoga Bay Dolphin Sanctuary boarded by Point Nepean National Park. Includes and Highlights: 90 minute adventure cruise to view resident wild dolphins and Australian Fur Seals.       Enjoying  an exhilarating ride on our purpose built Boat, a 12.5 metre RHIB designed for speed, comfort and allows you the freedom to move around the vessel. Guided commentary to learn about the history, environment and wildlife here in Port Phillip Bay. Exploring the rugged entry to Port Phillip Bay and see the large cargo ships navigate the famous 'Rip' a treacherous body of water and entry to Port Phillip Bay. See migrating seasonal wildlife, Shy Albatross, Humpback Whales and Common Dolphins. Facilities and Extras: Luxury purpose built high speed eco vessel On board toilet facilities Individual comfort seating Undercover Seating Grandstand seating to ensure you have the best view at all times Guided activities Amazing photo opportunities Qualified and experienced guides

$73.46 Water Sports

Mornington Peninsula Kayak Coastline Tour of Dolphin Sanctuary

Kayaking is a fantastic way to explore the pristine Mornington Peninsula coastline. This is the perfect place to launch a kayak and glide across the translucent blue of Port Phillip Bay.Your kayak tour begins with a briefing covering terminology, equipment use, skills and safety procedures. Your highly experienced guides also educate kayakers on the marine life and points of interest likely to be encountered.Your guide will lead you via the picturesque hilltop mansions, paddle past timeless sailing boats and marinas, serene bays and inlets, sharing expert knowledge on the history and typography of the area.The kayak tour is around 14kms which takes approximately 2 hours to paddle with a break for a snack on the beach.You’ll scale the coastline of Point Nepean National Park, and make your way into the Dolphin Sanctuary. Throughout the tour, your guide will tell you all about the history of Port Phillip Bay and the marine life. After making your way closer to the Heads, you'll turn around and head towards Sorrento, past the hilltop mansions and private piers, before returning to Portsea.

$256.01 Day Trips & Excursions

Hiking & Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula

Enjoy an absolutely amazing day exploring the Mornington Peninsula, arguably the biggest jewel in Melbourne's hefty crown. This is one of our most popular tours because it simply has everything. What you need: -  A hat and sunscreen in the summer. The Aussie sun can bite!-  Warm clothes in the winter. It gets chilly by the water!- Swimming attire for the Hot Springs.- Extra cash for drinks.What we supply:-  Your choice of coffee in the morning.- Snacks and fruit on the bus.- A beautiful lunch featuring incredible local produce. -  Cold water onboard.- Entry to Peninsula Hot Springs.- A warm towel to dry yourself off. - Blankets and pillows to cuddle up with on the way home!8.15am - We will pick up from St. Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne, just across the road from Flinders St Station.8.30am - Being true Melburnian's, we are steadfast in our belief that each morning starts with a coffee. So, it would be rude not to get one for our guests, right? We thought so too! Jump aboard and grab your very own barista made coffee on us! 10.00am - We will arrive in Point Nepean National Park, Portsea. Not only is this park one of the most beautiful places in Victoria, it is still very much a hidden gem. Your head explorer will take you on a 2 hour hike through the trails, most often only inhabited by wallabies and echidnas. The history you will discover here is breathtaking. It is one of the first places white settlement took place in Australia, where the first bullet of WW1 was fired and where one of Australia's previous Prime Ministers disappeared in stormy seas while in office. Walk through old soldier barracks, sniper hideouts and look across rifle ranges long after the last shot was fired. 12.30pm - Following our hike, we will head back to Sorrento for lunch. Sorrento is a gorgeous bayside hilltop town frequented by Melbourne's elite. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the town. 2.00-2.30pm - Ensuring everyone is well-fed and slightly sleepy from  lunch, we will jump back on the bus and head to the Peninsula Hot Springs. The Peninsula Hot Springs contains more than 20 different bathing experiences. The 50°C naturally hot mineral spring water flows from an underground aquifer 637m below the surface. The water runs untouched direct from the source to the pools, which range between 37°C and 43°C. You'll feel a million bucks! 5.30pm - After a nice hot shower, wiggle into some warm clothes and jump back on the bus to head back to Melbourne. With a hot tea in hand, amazing music in your ears and Tim Tams at the ready, we will head back home to Melbourne. 7.00pm - We will arrive at our drop-off location for you to enjoy the food, fun and frivolity Melbourne has to offer.