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Mud Islands RIB Boat Tour
The 1.5-hour Mud Islands RIB Boat Tour takes you to the most extensive sand bank in Port Phillip Bay. An exposed area of what is known as the Great Sands, the habitat of the Mud Islands are essential for the survival of many animals.
Departing from Sorrento, a swift ride on the RIB Boat will take you meandering between the sand banks towards the island that sits low on the horizon. Getting ever closer to the landing point the vegetation including saltmarsh, shrubland and seagrasses becomes more obvious.
Arriving at the island, it’s time to wade ashore and take a 45-minute self-guided walk to the lookout and along the untouched beaches. Your first sighting of gannets, terns, cormorants and pelicans will inspire you to seek out more species before returning to the boat for the trip to civilisation.
An internationally significant habitat for many birds, the Mud Islands represent a great spot for birdwatching and up to 70 species have been recorded. Listed as a RAMSAR site, which is an intergovernmental treaty for the conservation of wetlands, visiting the island is a unique experience that connects you with a spectacular insight into one of the Bay’s big secrets.
Mud Islands Cruise Tour
The 1.5 Hour Cruise departs from Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s an easy drive from Melbourne or take the ferry from Queenscliff.
Drive yourself to Sorrento and join our 1.5 Hour Mud Islands Tour.
From Melbourne you’ll need to drive around 90 minutes south to Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula (allow 2 hours in summer, sometimes longer). Once you’re in Sorrento, you should park near the ferry terminal. Make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade).
From Queenscliff, catch the Sorrento-Queenscliff ferry towards Sorrento and once arrived, make your way to the Sorrento Pier (at the end of the Esplanade). The ferry crossing takes around 45 minutes and once you’re in Sorrento, it will take just 5 minutes to walk out the pier to meet us.
Walk to the main Sorrento ferry pier and look for our vessel, Kavorca.
Sorrento Pier address: Esplanade, Sorrento VIC 3943
Things to Bring
Make sure you dress warmly for the cruise, warm jackets, hats, beanies and good footwear are recommended. To get from the boat to the beach you may need to wade in water up to knee-depth, so be prepared to get your feet wet. A small back-pack is advised for the walk on the island. And don’t forget your favourite camera!
Things to know:
- Passengers with back, neck, shoulder or heart conditions, those who are pregnant or who have injuries/conditions that may cause a risk to their health are advised to not do these tours, or do so at their own risk
- Please dress appropriately
- Please arrive 15 minutes before tour departure time
- Tour times may be altered or cancelled due to sea conditions and passenger numbers