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South Channel Fort

 

South Channel Fort is a unique and highly significant 19th Century artificial island. Built during the 1880s, it was part of the strategic defence network of Port Phillip. The island contains gun emplacements, a labyrinth of underground passages and magnificent panoramic views over Port Phillip. It is also a breeding site for the White-faced Storm-Petrel and other important birdlife. Hear the story of the ex-convict caretaker and the revolutionary disappearing guns.

 

Southern Pile Light

 

Built between 1872 and 1874 the South Channel Pile Light was occupied by lighthouse keepers until 1925 guiding ships through the narrow shipping channels near the heads in Port Phillip Bay.  It operated for over 110 years, was restored in the late 1980’s then relocated to its current position.

 

Point Nepean Quarantine station

 

The discovery of gold in 1851 resulted in nearly 100,000 people arriving in Melbourne by sea during the following year.  Cholera, smallpox, typhoid, influenza and measles occurred in epidemics during the 1800’s.   Crowded conditions on board ships were breeding grounds for disease.  This led to the necessity of the quarantine Station to defend the Victorian colony from infection.  Add this location to your trip and access via the beach for a unique experience.

 

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Testimonial: “I’d seen these sites from a distance but didn’t really know what they were all about, this is a new way of the family appreciating the Bay”

 

Photography

Riptide offers you unique access to give you the best chance of capturing exceptional pictures in secluded locations close to a city of approximately 5 million people.  Sunset and sunrise offer remarkable openings, and we understand by our own experience the exclusiveness of the region at these times, don’t hesitate to insist on the conditions or times you would like to go on your tour. Both sunrise and sunsets on the Morningon Peninsula can be spectacular with colour in the the sky to rival any other area in Australia.

 

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Bird Watching

Mud Islands is the focus of bird watching in southern Port Phillip Bay.  This location provides protection from predators and makes this an ideal location for breeding seabirds.  White-faced storm petrels, Silver gulls, Crested and Caspian terns, Australian pelicans, Little penguins and Fairy terns have all bred there in the past.

 

Other species such as the Straw necked and White ibis, and the rare Orange-bellied parrots have been seen during winter when they migrate to the mainland from Tasmania.

 

While these species can be seen almost year round the highlight is definitely the visiting migratory species that have travelled the East Asia/ Australasian Flyway to feed before they return to places such as Siberia and Alaska to nest.  These truly amazing species include the Bar tailed godwit who has been recorded as travelling over 10,000kms uninterrupted.

 

Riptide will get you as close as possible to gain the best possible access, often not even getting your feet wet.  Choose your times and season to witness exclusive access to this unique RAMSAR wetland.

 

“We thought that being only a group of four we wouldn’t be able to get a charter at a reasonable price.  Riptide Charters looked at our needs an accommodated at a very reasonable rate and provided a completely exclusive experience”

 

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Customised Fishing Tours

Riptide Charters aims to provide a customised service to suit your group.  We like to keep our numbers low to achieve maximum comfort and a personalised service.  We achieve this through consultation, getting to know our clients, resulting in a package that is affordable and meets your specific requirements.  Whether you would like to use your own gear and go to your favourite spot and would like a fully guided service we can accommodate you.

 

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Testimonial: “We chose a fully guided service the first trip, and when we came back we saved by putting into practise what we had learned.”

 

Skippered Boat Hire for sightseeing

Riptide is the perfect boat to explore Port Phillip Bay.  She features a powerful 250 horse power Honda four stroke outboard, a full canopy provides protection from the elements and 12inch sounder/chart plotter aids in the safe navigation of this tricky waterway.  With a qualified Coxswain to skipper, you won’t have to worry about anything except where you would like to explore next.  Take a suggested itinerary or create your own, leaving from Blairgowire, all bookings by appointment take advantage of this flexibility to suit your aspirations.  Whether you are a group of ten or two, call to compare our prices any time of the year.

 

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Testimonial: “Riptide provided us with the freedom not offered by other boat hire options, there’s no restrictions, or responsibility”

 

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Pricing starting from $25 per person

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