Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry

Cowes Concept Drawing                                                          Stony Point draft Concept Drawing



Draft Business Case  (PDF 7MB)

Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board welcomes the release of the draft Business Case for the Car Ferry for feedback.

The Car Ferry has been a priority in the Board’s Strategic plan since its release in 2014 and recognised as Game Changer Project 7 in the Phillip Island and San Remo Visitor Economy Strategy 2035 to showcase the Island with improved marine access.

To deliver and to drive increasing touring visitors with higher yield to grow the year round local economy, the Game Changer Project identified the need for Destination Phillip Island to actively advocate for the improvements in the current Passenger Ferry service with PTV and stakeholders which it did and these came in to effect from the 1st July 2017.

Developing a robust business case for the State Government to consider is a high priority. The Board will provide its feedback to the draft in the coming weeks.


Potential benefits of a Vehicle Ferry as identified in the Draft Business Case:

  • Create an iconic touring route that would connect Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island with the Great Ocean Road and Gippsland, bringing together some of Victoria’s most significant tourism regions.
  • Increase the visitor spend on Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula by increasing overnight visitation, average length of stay and off-peak travel. Adding a potential $152.2 million in direct visitor expenditure per year.
  • Enhance the connectivity of Phillip Island and Western Port creating employment and opportunities for residents and businesses. Providing up to 278 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs in the region in the first year of operation
  • Enhance the safety of Phillip Island residents by reducing the reliance on the San Remo Bridge and providing an alternative route for emergency vehicles to access Phillip Island. Additionally providing an priority evacuation option off the Island in emergencies and supporting critical public infrastructure and public transport links.

We encourage the community and local businesses to review the draft Business Case, participate in the Drop In Sessions and provide feedback.There is also a new survey available to complete once you have reviewed the recommendations in the Business Case.

The Board strongly support the key environmental recommendations outlined which would be implemented should the State Government proceed with the project. The Business Case is always a precursor to a detailed environmental assessment. They are independent processes and the detailed environmental assessment should only be undertaken on a more detailed reference design.

You can now download the full draft Business Case and the new Project Brochure

You can visit a Open house drop-in sessions – ask questions?

You can also call in to one of the drop in sessions at the Mussel Rocks BBQ area, The Esplanade, Cowes,
between 10.00am and 4.00pm on the following dates:

Sunday, 11 March
Monday, 12 March
Tuesday, 13 March
Monday, 19 March
Tuesday, 20 March

There is also a drop in session on Tuesday 20th March between
2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Crib Point Community Hall, 7 Park Road, Crib Point.

All feedback should be submitted by the 6th April, the Full Business Case will be presented at the Bass Coast Shire Council Meeting on 18th April in Cowes and the week following to the Mornington Peninsula Council.

You can Participate in the New Survey

Once you have reviewed the updated Business Case we encourage you to complete the NEW survey.

Key points to remember –

The images in the draft Business Case are concept designs and are not development plans for these locations.

If the Business Case is supported by the community,

Local and State Government it would proceed to:

• A further environmental assessments phase;
• Detailed design phase and the appointment of a commercial partner for the development
and operation;
• The Development Approval phase.

Each of these phases would include further community consultation.

We hope you will share the recommendations of the draft Business Case and support positive messaging about the project as you discuss this with the community, your customers or on social media.

Any concerns, questions and support should be provided to

If you wish to discuss this project with the Board please do not hesitate to contact us.

This Project is supported by Destination Phillip Island, Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board, Destination Gippsland, Victoria Tourism Industry Council (VTIC), tourism route alliances Go Beyond Melbourne, Great Southern Touring Route and Sydney Melbourne Touring. It is also recognised in State Priorities for further development of the Visitor Economy.

We will be providing further feedback to you in the coming weeks.

Yours sincerely

Destination Phillip Island Regional Tourism Board
Chair Hon John Pandazopoulos
Deputy Chair Fergus Cameron
Board Members – Tony Holland, Greg Harrison, Michaela Salvato, Nicoleta Giurgiu, Yann Duroselle