Australian Fur Seals
Duration: 8-9 hours
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
Wilsons Promontory National Park is regarded as one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in Australia. Up-close views of remote locations like Skull Rock, Glennie Island, the historic Wilsons Promontory lighthouse, and stops at pristine beaches and nature reserves including the Kanowna Island seal sanctuary leave guests in awe of the area’s natural beauty and wildlife. Anchoring at Refuge Cove, there is ample time to swim, snorkel and lounge on white sandy beaches. This full day luxury cruising on a catamaran is fully catered and is the only means to see some of the regions most beautiful coves.
About Wildlife Coast Cruises: Founded by John Dickie, Wildlife Coast Cruises has shown locals and visitors the spectacular wildlife and coastal scenery around Phillip Island, Seal Rocks, Westernport Bay and Wilsons Promontory for over 23 years. As a long-term ambassador and award winner in the eco-tourism space, Wildlife Coast Cruises boasts many environmental and tourism accreditations, and offer a range of up close and personal wildlife experiences, shared through engaging commentary and warm hospitality.
After transferring on a complimentary free coach in the morning from Cowes, San Remo, Inverloch, or Foster, the tour guide will take guests to the cruise departure point where your captain and crew will welcome passengers aboard the comfortable 62-foot (19-meter) motorised catamaran. Indoor and outdoor decks with ample seating provide excellent views as the boat sails over to Wilsons Promontory National Park, affectionately known as The Prom.
Situated on the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory encompasses a vast nature reserve, laced with swimming and surfing beaches along Bass Strait. The park harbours abundant native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, emus and many birds including rosellas and parrots, White-Bellied Sea Eagles, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Shy Albatross.
Common dolphins, Australian Fur seals, Humpback and Orcas (during winter months) can be spotted offshore. Cruising close to Skull Rock and remote granite islands like Glennie Island, guests will be able to observe important breeding grounds for Short-tailed Shearwaters, Little Penguins, and Cape Barren Geese.
Another highlight is the Kanowna Island seal sanctuary, which hosts one of only four breeding colonies of Australian Fur Seals and is a critical breeding area for seabirds such as Crested Terns. On approach to Wilsons Promontory, its historic 150 year old lighthouse comes into view, perched on the southernmost point of Australia's mainland.
Guests will enjoy a two hour stop in Refuge Cove where a delicious buffet lunch will be prepared by your crew, and visitors will be able to swim, snorkel or stroll along the sparkling white sandy beaches.
Pricing: from $250.00 per person (adult), $195.00 (children aged 4-15 years)
Vessel Details: The ‘Brianna Lee’ is a 19 metre (62 foot) modern catamaran, comfortably seating 65 guests in indoor and outdoor areas on two floors, with a fully licensed bar, souvenir and snack shop.
Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Port Welshpool Jetty, 93 Lewis Street, Port Welshpool, Victoria
Pick-up and Drop-off Time: 9:30am - 4:30pm
All cruises are subject to minimum numbers & weather conditions.
Coach pickup available: ($25 pp return available at time of booking)
7:15am Cowes, 7:40am San Remo, 7:45am Silverwater Resort - San Remo, 8:00am Wonthaggi, 8:15am Inverloch (RACV Resort or VLine bus stop), 8:45am Meeniyan, 9am Foster
Please see the accommodation options we recommend in the Prom region.
As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a code of practice relating to our wildlife interactions along with involvement in several conservation programs. We have also sought independent verification of our practices through Ecotourism Australia. Our Advanced Ecotourism Accreditation is awarded to Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.
WINNER TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018 • 2017 • 2016 • 2015 • 2014
WINNER Bass Coast Business of the Year 2014
RUNNER UP RACV Victorian Tourism Awards 2017
The Wilsons Promontory Full Day Cruise is available to be booked online via the button below.
"This is a great way to see the coast of Wilson's Promontory National Park and its associated islands. The boat is spacious and comfortable with plenty of covered areas for inclement weather: it's very stable and fast when it needs to be. The staff were all very friendly and the food great – we got fed all day! The cruise runs down the Eastern Coast of the Prom, anchored in refuge cove for lunch – we were ferried ashore – then past the lighthouse and round Skull Rock. The captain was very knowledgeable and professional. Lots of wildlife, including seals, albatross, shearwaters, Sea Eagles etc. Our party ranged from primary school age to retirees and we all really enjoyed it. Highly recommended."
"Did the Prom cruise with a group of friends and their families. What a brilliant experience! Staff were amazing from organising the booking through to high level hospitality on board. Special thank you to Renae who was attentive, friendly and great fun. Scenery was superb and wildlife plentiful. This is a world class experience that everyone should do." - Megan, Inverloch
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