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Sunny Day And Rough Water

From either side (Point Nepean or Point Lonsdale & Queenscliif) the Rip is a magical place and no... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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
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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 1 week ago

From either side (Point Nepean or Point Lonsdale & Queenscliif) the Rip is a magical place and no matter how often I visit it is still great particularly when shios and boats go through at the change of the tide.. The Rip is 3.5 KM...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Nice spot to stop , get a coffee at the kiosk and sit and watch the ships come in. Very picturesque.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ansje H
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.

Date of experience: September 2018
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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Helen O
Reviewed 20 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

Date of experience: October 2017
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

Date of experience: July 2017
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

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank TimJ213
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

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Robyn H
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