Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry

Bass Coast and Mornington Peninsula Shire Councils and the Victorian Government are preparing a Draft Business Case to determine the cost, requirements and viability of a vehicle and passenger ferry service between Stony Point, French Island and Cowes.

This Draft Business Case (PDF 7MB) was released for public consultation at the 21 February Ordinary Council Meeting. You can have your say online at:


or by phoning EarthCheck on (07) 3238 1901 or emailing

Open house drop-in sessions

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, 20 March between 
2.00pm and 8.00pm at the Crib Point Community Hall, 7 Park Road, Crib Point.

Once all feedback has been considered, the Full Business Case will be presented at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 18 April in Cowes.

Earlier in the process, Earthcheck prepared a Discussion paper - Cowes to Stony Point Car Ferry (PDF 5MB) outlining what was heard so far.

There are many potential opportunities that can be achieved as a result of a vehicle ferry service which include:

  • Enhanced employment opportunities
  • Greater tourism connectivity from the Mornington Peninsula to Phillip Island
  • Increase in visitor activity
  • Greater access to emergency services
  • Better access to public transport

Map of Victorian coastal touring route, with a possible link between Stony Point and Cowes.

These opportunities have yet to be captured in a comprehensive Business Case. Developing the Business Case relies on extensive and rigorous public consultation in order to understand the needs of the local community and businesses and the benefits that this new infrastructure link could provide. 
Public Consultation began in September 2017 with two key phases:

  • Input into developing the Business Case
  • Feedback on the draft Business Case

For more information go to:

Methodology and Timing


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