At a sedate 10 knots, Melbourne’s skyline gradually recedes from our elegant water borne vantage point as we glide close by shipping from around the globe; anchored awaiting entry to the Port of Melbourne. We sail past Point Cook, the Point Wilson explosives berth and Portarlington. Enjoy the gentle caress of the sea breeze, and perhaps a drink or light snack from the licensed bar, and ask yourself if this isn’t the most relaxing journey you’ve ever experienced. ‘Victoria Star’ docks at Steampacket Pier on Corio Bay, in the heart of Geelong’s delightful waterfront.
Today, travel is at a leisurely pace and you may open the windows and relive nostalgia of the past. We pass the historic bluestone station of Little River, one of the oldest in Australia with the distinctive You Yangs as backdrop, and as we approach Geelong, glimpse the water on which we cruise later (or on the way down). Historic Geelong railway station is a 15 minute stroll from Steampacket Gardens and is close to city attractions.
‘Victoria Star’ in a previous life was Sydney ferry ‘Lady McKell’. In this guise she transported millions around the harbour and was a three times winner of the Great Sydney Ferry race. With no expense spared she has been transformed to a luxury pleasure cruiser to sail on Port Phillip Bay. She features large upper and lower decks, with areas of both indoor and outdoor seating, plus fully licensed bar with light refreshments.
FORWARD BY SAIL
|VICTORIA HARBOUR||9.30am||GEELONG STATION||4.05pm|
|STEAMPACKET PIER||1.20pm||SOUTHERN CROSS||5.20pm|
FORWARD BY RAIL
|SOUTHERN CROSS||10.30am||STEAMPACKET PIER||2.00pm|
|GEELONG STATION||11.45am||VICTORIA HARBOUR||6.10pm|
RAIL ONLY OPTION
|SOUTHERN CROSS||10.30am||GEELONG STATION||4.05pm|
|GEELONG STATION||11.45am||SOUTHERN CROSS||5.20pm|