With kilometres of water around its coastlines and islands, this region is paradise for fresh and salt-water anglers and boating. Phillip Island has traditional fishing villages, including Cowes, Newhaven, Rhyll and San Remo where you can cast a line off the jetty or beach, or organise a fishing trip around the island or out into the ocean. The Rhyll Trout and Bush Tucker farm offers indoor and outdoor rainbow trout fishing.
Bay cruises and a visit to Seal Rocks with its thousands of fur seals are top choices if you’d like to explore the island by water.
Just over Western Port Bay, the Mornington Peninsula has long piers providing excellent line fishing: Hastings, Dromana, Rye, Sorrento, Mornington and Rosebud. Fishing and bay cruise operators are at Hastings and Sorrento, while Mornington and Mt Martha are very popular sailing beaches. Sorrento is also home to Peninsula Searoad Ferries, and to specialist operators such as Moonraker Dolphin Swims and Polperro Dolphin Swims.
Inland boating and fishing
In the Yarra Valley, Sugarloaf Reservoir offers shoreline fishing for rainbow trout, brown trout, redfin, roach or European carp, and sailing on its fresh clear waters. Aura Vale Lake Park has become a popular venue for non-powered boating activities including sailboarding and canoeing. For the best chance of a catch, visit Buxton Trout and Salmon Farm, Marysville Trout and Salmon Ponds, and the Australian Rainbow Trout Farm.