Published: 18 Oct 2021
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Big plans are in motion between Sorrento and Queenscliff in Port Phillip Bay.
A major renovation to the Searoad Ferries Queenscliff Terminal is cementing the car and passenger ferry’s status as a major tourism gateway to Geelong and the Great Ocean Road.
Locals, commuters, tourists, plus associated tourism and freight businesses will all benefit from the renovation, which is part of the $382.48 million Geelong City Deal – a collaborative commitment between the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments and the City of Greater Geelong – to revitalise the local economy.
The $15.9 million upgrade – set to create 63 jobs during construction – will benefit many as the ferry service transports more than 900,000 people and 250,000 vehicles every year between the Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and the Bellarine, making it the busiest in Australia.
The coastal townships of Sorrento and Queenscliff, along with the broader coastline, are premier tourist destinations for the state in terms of domestic and international visits, tourism infrastructure and visitor economy value.
The Mornington Peninsula attracted about 6.6 million visitors in 2017, while Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula region welcomed approximately 5.1 million visitors.
Better yet, numbers in both regions are growing at an extraordinary rate.
When complete, the terminal upgrade is forecast to inject $125 million annually into the economy, and boost ferry passenger numbers to one million per year by 2023.