Autumn holiday program

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

When: Monday 8 April to Thursday 18 April

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.

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!

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

Materials provided, but if you already have a sketch book, 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!

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 5 years & over

Join us on a boat on Port Phillip Bay and discover amazing marine life.

Meet out the front of the Queenscliff Harbour Business Hub in the Queenscliff Harbour Precinct

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Shore Snorkel

Cost: $10 per person

Suitable for people 8 and up.

Explore the shallow rocky reefs of Queenscliff.

All gear provided. Children must be accompanied in the water by an adult.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Swan Bay discovery

Cost: $5 per person

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

Please wear old runners/shoes you don't mind getting wet (no thongs), as well as a hat, sunscreen and drink bottle.

TO BOOK - Phone 5258 3344

Rockpool ramble

Cost: $5 per person

What curious creatures make the rockpools their home?

Point Lonsdale Rockpools

Dress suitably for the weather, including toe-covering shoes and sunscreen.

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

08 April

MFDC Open

1.00— 2.00 Beach Discovery

15 April

MFDC Open

10.00—12.00 Shore Snorkel

12.30— 2.30 Shore Snorkel

Tuesday

09 April

MFDC Open

10.00—11.30 Marine Biology Cruise

11.30—1.00 Marine Biology Cruise

1.30 — 3.00 Marine Biology Cruise

16 April

MFDC Open

9.30—11.30 Family Fishing

11.30— 1.30 Family Fishing

1.00— 2.00     Rockpool Ramble

Wednesday

10 April

MFDC Open

10.00—12.00 Shore Snorkel

12.30— 2.30 Shore Snorkel

11.00—12.00   Beach Discovery

17 April

MFDC Open

10.00—11.30  Marine Biology Cruise

11.30—1.00 Marine Biology Cruise

1.30— 3.00 Marine Biology Cruise

1.30— 2.30 Rockpool Ramble

Thursday

11 April

MFDC  Open

9.30—11.30 Family Fishing

11.30— 1.30 Family Fishing

18 April

MFDC Open

10.30—11.30 Fishy Tales

11.00—12.00 Beach Discovery

1.00—2.30       Ocean Art - Marine Debris Sculpture

Friday

12 April

MFDC Open

12.00— 1.00    Swan Bay Discovery

19 April

MFDC Closed

Good Friday Public Holiday

Saturday

13 April

MFDC Open

10.00—12.00 Ocean Art - Watercolour sketching

1.00— 3.00 Ocean Art - Watercolour sketching

20 April

MFDC Closed

Sunday

14 April      

MFDC  Open

21 April

MFDC Closed