Ferry services between Geelong and Docklands are set to commence by the end of the year.
Port Phillip Ferries has confirmed the purpose-built Geelong Flyer will run a twice daily service between Geelong and Docklands starting in early December.
The 400-seat ferry will connect Geelong commuters and leisure travellers with Victoria Harbour in Docklands, and will dock adjacent the Cunningham Pier in Geelong's CBD. The catamaran will also feature indoor and outdoor spaces, an on-board licensed café, bike racks, charging stations and free Wi-Fi. The ferry will be for pedestrians only (not cars) however passengers are able to bring a bicycle on board.
Port Phillip Ferries has been working closely with Tasmanian-based Incat who also built the existing ferry Bellarine Express which has been running between Portarlington and Docklands since November 2016, on the project.
The company is also working closely with the City of Greater Geelong to form convenient land side access to the ferry, and reliable connections to the wider Geelong region.
"This service will not only benefit daily commuters, and offer an alternative to train and road travel, but it will provide a huge benefit for tourism and business in the Geelong region,” said Paul Little of Port Phillip Ferries.
The route is expected to begin sailing in December 2019.