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A Special Place On A Nice Day

The views are excellent on a good day and sitting at Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale you get great... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2018
Greater Melbourne, Australia
Great to watch the big ships go across the rip.

This is a great spot to view the ship's enter and leave Port Philip Bay. Stand in front of the... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Russell V
Melbourne, Australia
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"The Rip", also known as "The Heads", is a dangerous stretch of water in Victoria, Australia, connecting Port Phillip and Bass Strait. It is the only entrance for shipping into Port Phillip and hence into Melbourne. Because of large tidal flows...more
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Hesse Street, Queenscliff, Victoria 3225, Australia
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Reviewed 30 September 2018

The views are excellent on a good day and sitting at Queenscliff or Point Lonsdale you get great views of the shipping entering the 3 KM wide entrance to Port Phillip Bay.

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a great spot to view the ship's enter and leave Port Philip Bay. Stand in front of the lighthouse at Point Lonsdale and take in the great views.

Thank Russell V
Reviewed 4 March 2018

It's great to sit in the car park and watch the large container and passenger ships come in through the heads and also see the pilot boats coming and going - they're all very close here!. You look straight over the the Quarantine station at...More

Thank Rozz16
Reviewed 1 February 2018

We stood mesmerised while watching the pilot get back on board the pilot boat from a huge tanker heaving in the heavy swell. Those guys, and women too I hope, deserve every bit of respect for what they do. Take your binocs and thank the...More

Thank Helen O
Reviewed 21 October 2017

You get good views of the Rip from Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale as well as Point Nepean Park but the best area is between Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. It is great on a windy day or when the tide is changing and you can see...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

To view the natural power of the tidal surge, winter is definitely the time of year! Watching the massive container ships heading in or out of the heads makes you realise the perils of the maritime dangers that brought so many disasters to the area....More

Thank WayneAP
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The Rip is best viewed from the lookout at Point Lonsdale light or from the ferry midway to Sorrento on the Mornington side. When the tide is running it can get up to 8 knots and the whole of Port Philip bay water is running...More

Thank Tim J
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Have been visiting The Rip at PL since I was very small, and my two daughters have grown up doing likewise! We walked our dogs to the PL Rip regularly. It's such an attractive, inspiring view - either up the bay, out to Bass Strait...More

Thank Robyn H
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Had a sunset photo session over looking the rip at the end of Hesse Street, Queenscliff. It was stunning with a couple of ships and pilot boats going through. The sunset lit up the Point Lonsdale light house.

Thank Andrew L
Reviewed 18 February 2017

We came here to see the broken down Norwegian Star being brought through by 3 tugg boats. A full view of the ship's route from before the heads to Melbourne.

Thank sim1x13
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