The Rip, Queenscliff

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"The Rip", also known as "The Heads", is the narrow waterway entrance connecting the Bass Strait to the bay of Port Phillip in southern Victoria, Australia, and is the only route of maritime transport into Port Phillip and thus seaport access into Melbourne and Geelong, Victoria's two largest cities. Because of large tidal flows through the relatively narrow channel from the bay to the ocean, and a high rocky seabed, The Rip is a dangerous stretch of water and has claimed many ships and lives. Geographically, it is the roughly triangular area of water between the land points of Point Nepean on the Mornington Peninsula, Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, with these three forming The Heads.
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  • The day we visited Queenscliff it was wet, cold and windy and the Rip was at its raging best. It looked treacherous, wild and dangerous and understandably was responsible for the many ships that...  more »
  • The best view of The Rip is from the Rip View Lookout. It's set back from the road, and despite the signpost, it would actually be easy to drive past without seeing it. It's on Point Lonsdale Road...  more »

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