Sail, Rail & Dine

from Docklands with The Q Train and Port Phillip Ferries!

Port Phillip Ferries offer an exciting way to travel between Melbourne CBD and the Bellarine. The Q Train’s lunch services usually align well with Port Phillip Ferry’s timetable.

Sail from Docklands to Portarlington on board the ferry, arrive in beautiful Portarlington to be transported by Explore Australia to The Q Train.

After lunch, you’ll be transported back to the ferry by Explore Australia for the return journey. Sometimes there is some downtime between the end of The Q Train and the ferry departure, during which time you can enjoy the shops and cafes in Portarlington. The ferry terminal is a short walk from the Portarlington shopping strip.


Port Phillip Ferries’ timetable is subject to frequent changes. If you make a booking through us, we will communicate timetable changes with you.

We recommend you arrive to the ferry terminal 30 minutes prior to their departure time – they board early and do not wait.

Friday: Departs Docklands at 930am. Arrives back to Docklands at 510pm.

Saturday/Sunday: Departs Docklands at 1040am. Arrives back to Docklands at 610pm.

Cost: $68 incl return ferry ticket and bus transport between ferry terminal and Drysdale Station.

How to Book: On applicable services, the Port Phillip Ferry transport option will appear as a Booking Extra when booking online. You can also call us to add it to your existing booking.

Please Note:

  • As a limited seating venue with a long waitlist, we cannot refund or reschedule your booking if you miss the ferry.
  • In the unlikely event that The Q Train is late to return and we miss the return ferry, Explore Australia will return you to Docklands via bus.

Travel Times

  • Docklands Ferry to Portarlington – 70 minutes
  • Explore Australia – 20 minutes to Drysdale Station
  • The Q Train – 3 hours
  • Explore Australia – 20 minutes from Drysdale Station to Portarlington Ferry Terminal
  • Portarlington Ferry to Docklands – 70 minutes

Please note that all times are approximate.

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