Spring school holiday program

be Lured into fun fishy holiday activities

@ the
Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre

2A BELLARINE HIGHWAY, QUEENSCLIFF, VIC (click to open Google map)

MONDAY 25th September to Friday 6th October 2017

Centre open  10 am - 4 pm (except Saturday 30 September - 2:30 pm closure)

Phone: (03) 5258 3344


Children 12 and under must always be accompanied by an adult on activities and in the centre.

Entry to the Marine and Freshwater Discovery Centre :

Adults                              $ 8

Children/Concession      $ 5

Family                             $25

The Hooked - A Family Fishing Trip and the Marine Biology Cruise activities are subsidised by the Victorian Government's  TARGET ONE MILLION Let's get the Family Fishing Program. A small fee is required for both.

Refunds will be given:

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

Bookings 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 press 4 to leave a message

Online: search—marine and freshwater discovery centre

Need a fishing licence?

Download a pdf of our program here.


Fishy Tales  - Story time 

Suitable for people 2 to 5 years

A morning of beachy tales and craft presented by the Queenscliff Library.  
FREE  admission to children and ONE supervising adult
 TO BOOK  PHONE 52582017 (Queenscliff Library)

Ocean Art for children  - $10 per person

Suitable for people 5  to 12 years 
Unleash your child's creativity - with the help of renowned artist/illustrator Jennifer Beck.  
Participants must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Water Colour sketching – Sunday 1st October
    Materials provided but if your child has a sketch book—bring it along.
  • Marine Debris Sculpture (+beachcomb)- Thursday 4th October 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
press 4 to leave a message

See our fish in their watery worlds without getting wet! 

Something is always happening!

Grow our school of fish  -Tell us how you fish responsibly and add your fish and its message to our school of fish

Go fish! - Test your fishing knowledge

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 — just come along!
Entry fees apply.


You must wear sturdy shoes that can get wet (NO THONGS), bring a jacket,  be SunSmart, children must bring an adult.

Price includes entry to the centre.
Bookings essential ! Be quick—these book out early!

Mudflat Meanders—$5 per personExplore the Swan Bay mudflats and find out about this important fish nursery.

Rockpool Rambles (Point Lonsdale Lighthouse) —$5 per person
Which curious creatures make the rockpools their home?

Beach Discoveries (Queenscliff Beach)—$5 per person
What has the tide brought into the shore?

Marine Biology Cruise - $10 per person
Join us on a boat on Port Phillip and discover amazing marine life.
Suitable for people 5 years & over

Hooked—A family fishing activity—$10 per person*
Join us on a boat on the bay and learn about fishing practices that are fun and responsible.
Suitable for people 8 years & over
 * You must have a Victorian Recreational Fishing Licence (unless you are exempt).
    To buy a licence search online, click here

Be Lured onto Swan Bay
Canoe Explorers—$20 per person

Suitable for ages 8 and up. 
People under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. 

To BOOK all of the above Lured Fun Fishy Activities
 PHONE  5258 3344 
press 4 to leave a message  

TARGET ONE MILLION: Let's get the Family Fishing Program. COME and TRY FISHING DAY—FREE
St. Leonards Pier—rods and bait supplied
Fishcare and the Victorian Fisheries Authority have organised experiences that teach all family members how to fish responsibly while enjoying what recreational fishing has to offer.   


Week One

Week Two


23 September

Centre closed

30 September    MFDC Open

10:00am to 2:30pm


24 September

Centre closed

01 October          MFDC Open

10.00—12.00    Come and Try Fishing Day
St. Leonards Pier

10:30—12:30    Ocean Art with Jennifer Beck
                            (Water Colours activity)


25 September      MFDC Open

10:00—12:00     Canoe Explorers

1:00—2:00          Beach Discovery

02 October          MFDC Open

10:00—12:00     Canoe Explorers



26 September    MFDC Open

9:30—11:30        Marine Biology Cruise

12:00—2:00        Family Fishing

03 October          MFDC Open

2:00—3:00          Rockpool Ramble


27 September       MFDC Open

11:00—12:00        Mudflat Meander

04 October          MFDC Open

9:30—11:30      Marine Biology Cruise

12:00—2:00      Family Fishing


28 September       MFDC Open

11:00—12:00      Rockpool Ramble

05 October          MFDC Open

10.30—11.30   "Fishy Tales"
                            Story time with Queenscliff Library
1:00—2:00        Beach Discovery

2:30—4:00        Ocean Art with Jennifer Beck
                            (Beach Debris Sculpturing activity)



29 September      

Public Holiday
Centre closed

06 October       MFDC Open