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Portarlington Ferry Trip

We had 7 members make an early start, catching the 6:55am train to Southern Cross, then a 500m walk, crossing the bridge to Docklands, where we boarded the “Geelong Flyer” ferry and travelled to Portarlington. The ferry section of our journey provided a completely different view of many of Melbourne’s landmarks, including the main dock area where all manner of ships were being loaded / unloaded, sailing under the Bolte and Westgate bridges to mention just a few.

The ferry was built in Hobart, and completed in November, 2019 by InCat Tasmania.  Our average speed across the bay was 50 kmh, (or 27.8 knots), and was an incredibly smooth ride for the 1 hour 10 minute journey.

While the weather in Melbourne was overcast, we arrived in Portarlington to beautiful sunny skies, and a gentle breeze.  A little shopping completed, then on to the Pier St Cafe for lunch.  We were also joined for lunch by Marion & Ray C’s son and grandson, Steve and Tom, who had some very interesting tales to tell.  Not a skerrick left on any of the plates, and only positive comments about how nice the lunch was, which is a great outcome.

A bit more shopping in the afternoon, as well as a paddle along the beach for some, whilst others took the easier option of a walk along the jetty to a seat in the shade, and enjoy the view.

Boarded the ferry for our return journey, which departed at 4pm.  Even though the afternoon breeze had built, with many white horses and choppy conditions, the ride was still incredibly smooth.  Lots of ships anchored, waiting to be taken in and unloaded / loaded.  Back across the walkway around Marvel stadium to Southern Cross, where we boarded the train for home.  A wonderful day enjoyed by everyone.  To those that thought the 6:55am train was too early, we all think you missed out on a fantastic day trip.  Maybe next time??

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