Spring holiday program

Keep up to date with the MFDC Spring School Holiday Program on Facebook here!

Come and join in on fishy fun at the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre!

When: Monday 23 September to Friday 4 October (Closed Grand Final Day, Saturday 29 September)

Where: 2A Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff (click to open Google Maps)

Time: The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre is open from 10am until 4pm daily during the program period, except for public holidays

Phone: (03) 5258 3344

Visitor Information

Children must always be accompanied by an adult on activities and in the centre.

Entry fees to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre:

Ticket TypeCost ($)
Adult$8
Children/Concession$5
Family$25

Refunds will be given:

  • If we cancel due to unsafe weather conditions
  • If you cancel and we receive 24 hours notice

Bookings are essential for some activities.

Email: marine.discovery@vfa.vic.gov.au - send us your details and we will call you back

Phone: (03) 5258 3344

Online: Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre - Queenscliff

Need a fishing licence? Visit our fishing licence page for more information.

Daily activities at the MDFC

The Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre will be open to the public during the school holidays, and will host our regular activities.

See fish in their watery worlds, without getting wet!

Nibbles

Our fish are fed throughout the day. You might be lucky enough to see them feeding while you are visiting.

No booking is necessary for these events - just come along!

MFDC entry fee applies.

Inside booked activities

Ocean Art

Cost: $10 per person

Suitable for people 5 to 12 years, who must be accompanied by an adult

Unleash your creativity - with the help of renowned artist/illustrator Jennifer Beck.

Marine debris sculpture and beach comb

Cost: $10 per person

Materials supplied - participants are encouraged to enrol into the beach discovery beforehand to collect beach debris for use in this activity.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Watercolor sketching

Cost: $10 per person

Juniors: 5-8 years

Seniors: 9 years and above

Materials provided, but if you already have a sketchbook, bring it along.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Fishy Tales - story time

Cost: Free for children and one supervising adult

Suitable for people 2 to 5 years

A morning of fishy tales and craft presented by the Queenscliff Library.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 2017

Booked events outside the MFDC

You must wear sturdy shoes that can get wet (no thongs, please), bring a hat, jacket and be SunSmart.

Children must bring an adult.

Be quick - these book out early!

Junior Rangers program with Parks Victoria

Cost: Free

Join local rangers on a free guided marine adventure as we discover our beautiful marine protected areas, the animals and plants that live there, and the threats they face!

Visit Junior Rangers to book your session today!

Hooked - Family fishing trip

Cost: $10 per person

Suitable for people 8 and over

Join us on a boat in Port Phillip Bay and learn about responsible fishing behaviours while having fun.

You must have a Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence unless you are exempt.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Marine biology cruise

Cost: $10 per person

Suitable for people 8 and over

Join us on a boat in Port Phillip Bay and learn about the amazing diversity of marine life.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Canoe explorers

Cost: $10 per person

Suitable for people 12 and over

Canoe over the seagrass meadows in Swan Bay to explore this amazing fish nursery.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Swan Bay discovery

Cost: $5 per person

Explore the mudflats in Swan Bay, an important fish nursery.

Please meet at the Queenscliff boat ramp.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Rockpool ramble - Point Lonsdale

Cost: $5 per person

Which curious creatures make the rockpools their home?

Please meet in the car park under the lighthouse at Point Lonsdale.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Beach discoveries

Cost: $5 per person

What has the tide brought in for us today?

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

WEEK ONE

WEEK TWO

Monday

23 September        

MFDC Open

30 September

MFDC Open

11:00 – 12:00    Beach discovery

Tuesday

24 September

MFDC Open

10:00 - 11:30   Marine biology cruise

12:00 – 1:30    Marine biology cruise

1:45 – 3:15    Marine biology cruise

01  October

MFDC Open

10:00 - 11:30   Marine biology cruise

12:00 – 1:30    Marine biology cruise

1:45 – 3:15    Marine biology cruise

Wednesday

25 September

MFDC Open

10:00 – 12:00    Canoe explorers

12:30 – 2:30    Canoe explorers

02 October

MFDC Open

10:00 – 12:00    Canoe explorers

12:30 – 2:30    Canoe explorers

Thursday

26 September

MFDC Open

12:30 – 2:30    Family fishing cruise

2:30 – 4:30    Family fishing cruise

03 October

MFDC Open

10:30 – 11:30    Fishy tales – story time

11:00 – 12:00    Beach discovery

1:00 – 2:30    Ocean art – beach debris sculpture

Friday

27 September

MFDC Open

1:30 – 2:30    Rockpool ramble

04 October

MFDC Open

12:30 – 2:30    Family fishing cruise

2:30 – 4:30    Family fishing cruise

Saturday

28 September

MFDC Open

05 October

MFDC Closed

Sunday

29 September

MFDC Open

10:30 - 12:30   Ocean art – watercolours (juniors)

1:00 - 3:00   Ocean art – watercolours (seniors)

06 October

MFDC Closed