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Inverloch Activities & Attractions
Cruise Inverloch's Anderson Inlet which in places is amazingly shallow and has often been described as the most dynamic estuary in Victoria. Low tide sees the inlets sandy bottom providing a veritable banquet for the many species of water birds, whilst the Tarwin River continues to flow through to the sand bar forming a barrier to the open waters of Bass Strait.
Wildlife Coast Cruises operate from the Rotunda near Cowes jetty and offer 4 memorable cruises sure to encapture all age groups. Seal Watching Cruise to Australia's largest fur seal colony. Twilight Bay Cruise evening cruise of Western Port Bay - spectacular. Cape Woolamai Cruise see 100m cliffs, breathtaking views. Wilsons Promontory Cruise visit one of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. 9 hour cruise, delicious lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Info 1300 763 739 www.wildlifecoastcruises.com.au
Western Port Ferries French Island Cruise departs from Cowes jetty and takes you on a fast 15 minute catamaran ride to visit this unique undiscovered island. Info (03) 5257 4565 www.westernportferries.com.au Naturaliste Guided French Island Tours run small guided tours of this hidden treasure of natural wilderness, sandy coastlines and abundant wildlife. Info (03) 5257 4570 www.naturalistetours.com.au
* Seal Watching Cruise drift amongst a colony of up to 5000 fur seals at Seal Rocks. * Twilight Bay Cruise * Cape Woolamai Cruise * Winter Whale Watching Cruise * Wilsons Prom Day Cruise. Groups or Function Charters. * Please Check Off Season Hours
Cruises Departs from Cowes Jetty
French Island is a 15 minute fast catamaran ride from Cowes across Western Port Bay. Close to Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula, yet in many ways worlds apart, it is still a mystery to many who know little, if anything, about this Western Port Island.
Naturaliste Tours run small, guided tours of French Island, a hidden treasure of natural wilderness, sandy coastlines and abundant wildlife.
Our tours, led by experienced guides, will let you discover the history and natural beauty of this unique island.
* Includes listing on coastalstays.com - Victoria's High Ranking Coastal Accommodation Website
and inclusion on coastalstays.com/promcountry/ - Website covering the entire Prom Country South Gippsland Coastal region.
Enquiries: info at coastalstays.com or phone 0427 334 399
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For the rod and line fisherman, great opportunities exist to land a decent fish from the shores of Anderson Inlet the most southerly mangrove habitat in Australia which provides an excellent environment for trevally, flathead, pinkie snapper, mullet, salmon, tailor, whiting and gummy shark. The best bait is live bait, so ask the locals where to pump. If you do not have your own boat you can hire one from Inverloch Charters at Mahers Landing 4 kms from town towards Tarwin Lower or book a place of one of their fishing charters.
Remember, whether you are freshwater, estuary or saltwater fishing you need a licence.
Every angler can contribute to the welfare of the environment on which the sport depends. Discarded fishing line and empty food and drink containers should be disposed of thoughfully as not to cause littering and to avoid possible injury to people or animals.
Inverloch Boat ramp + 20 min
Stevie's Gutter + 45 min
Mahers Landing + 1 hour
Venus Bay Boat Ramp + 1 hour 30 minutes
Mouth of Tarwin River +2 hours,
Tarwin River, at the pub + 3 hours.
Highway Bridge Tarwin River + 3 hours 30 minutes. (Note these are annual averages only and vary each day. Differences over 60 minutes must be treated with caution, Courtesy of Port of Melbourne).
Tarwin River boat ramp 3 hours later.
Anderson Inlet, the most southerly mangrove habitat in Australia provides an excellent environment for trevally, flathead, pinkie snapper, mullet, salmon, tailor, whiting, estuary perch, bream, mulloway, gummy shark and elephant fish. At the mouth of Screw Creek, along Mahers Landing and Doyles Road, there are natural bait grounds of Bass Yabbies and tube worm that can be pumped for recreational fishing.
The Tarwin River produces mullet, trevally and tommy rough on the moving tide.
Venus Bay Surf Beach is one of the last remaining pipi colonies in Victoria. Observing the hole and gutter formations on this
25km stretch of beach is crucial to getting the best results from beach fishing.
The winter months produce sensational sport fishing for Australian salmon and with schools of fish up to 3kg. Gummy shark, 7 gill sharks and other varities of bottom feeders come into feed on sand crabs at night. For all updated fishing information contact Kylie at Drift Inverloch
Inverloch Boat Ramp larger boats are advised to enter from the Esplanade (charges apply).
Mahers Landing provides good access but does require a person to hold the boat whilst parking the car and boat trailer.
Fishermans Jetty Venus Bay boats to 14 foot can comfortably access the inlet 2 hours either side of the tide.
Tarwin River boat ramp is best 4 hours either side of the high tide, but access to the inlet can be limited to 2 hours either side of the high tide.
Information about fishing, what fish you may catch and the best baits to purchase for:-
Inverloch, Prom Country and Lakes Entrance.
For Inverloch and Prom Country Info contact Kylie at Drift Fishing-Beach and Outdoor williams Street Inverloch phone 5674 3322
4km from Inverloch on the Tarwin Road.
Great fun for catching fish or just exploring Anderson Inlet - no boat licence required.