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Saturday, August 8, 2009

"The Rip"

Treacherous waters

At Point Nepean lies "The Rip", the treacherous divide between Point Nepean and Point Lonsdale that has claimed many ships since European settlement due to large tidal flows through the relatively narrow channel from the bay to the ocean, and a high rocky seabed,
It connects Port Phillip and Bass Strait and is the only entrance for shipping into Port Phillip and hence into Melbourne.

A ferry takes you from Sorrento across to Queenscliff and as you enter through the heads - the stretch of sea between Point Nepean, Shortlands Bluff and Point Lonsdale you can feel the ferocity of the wsters.

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