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Latest Ferry News

COVID-19 Update

New restrictions applicable to Victoria are now in place. Face masks are mandatory on all public transport including taxis or ride share vehicles unless a lawful exemption applies to the individual. Please ensure when using the Ferry service that face masks are worn.


Sanitation cleans will now take place twice daily, 9.00am to 10.00am and 5.00pm to 6.00pm.

During these times the passenger deck will remain open.


QR codes on the Ferry will also be introduced and we encourage all pedestrian users to sign in using the QR barcode. The laminated QR code sheets will be erected in both terminal shelters and on the Ferry. Below is a guide on how to access and use the QR coding using your phone:


Through internet browser


1. Scan the code


Android phone


a)     Open Google lens. This can be done by opening Google and clicking on the colourful square with a dot in the middle (far right of the search bar). Not there?  Google lens can also be downloaded as an App through Google Play.

b)     Scan the code - Hold phone over the code and line up the boxes. Once a website appears in the box click on the search symbol.

c)     Click on “website” in the results section.


iPhone - open your camera and hold over the barcode until it directs you to the App.


2. Fill out your details

    After the first time this will automatically populate if you select save details.


3. Click on “Check-in to this location” to complete


Through the State Government App


1. Download the Service Victoria App (This can be accessed through google play for Android or apps store for iPhone)


2. Scan the code (this may not be required for subsequent visits)

    Open the app, click on quick check-in then scan the code. To scan the code make sure the corners of the code are lined up with the box on the screen.

    If you can’t get it to scan click on “having trouble? check in manually” and type in the location code (directly under QR code).


3. Fill out your details (After the first time this will automatically populate if you select save details).


4. Click on “Check-in to this location” to complete


There is no need to check out.


Christmas Period Timetable

Changed services operated over the Christmas and New Year period as follows:


Christmas Eve:

Last service departs 01:15am Christmas Day


Christmas Day:

Train service departs 05:20am

Services then operate from 06:40am to 11:40am continuous

No Ferry service between 12:00pm and 14:00pm

Services resume at 14:00pm with the last service leaving at Midnight


Boxing Day:

Standard timetable applies


New Year's Eve:

Last service departs 01:15am on 1 January


New Year's Day:

Standard timetable applies 


01 November 2020

East Gippsland Shire Council wishes to provide clarification around the use of taxi services for travel to and from Raymond Island using the ferry service

A recent review of operational guidelines has taken place and we are implementing the following guidelines for travel in relation to fares.

At no time will an annual pass holder be required to pay the fee for travel onboard the ferry provided it is for one of the following reasons:

  • Emergency or schedule Medical care, including the inability to safely operate a vehicle due to medication and/or doctors/specialists’ advice– one patient and one carer permitted

  • Unavailability of the pass holders regular form of transport due to mechanical failure or any other reasonable cause of vehicle breakdown/unavailability, limited to the pass holder and any persons living in the passholders residence, operators may ask for identification of passengers and if found that one or more passengers does not live with the pass holder the regular trip fee will become applicable

  • Pass holder has license suspended or ceases to hold a driver’s licence but still possesses an annual pass for travel, limited to the pass holder only, no extra passengers

  • Inability to safely operate a vehicle due to intoxication, limited to pass holder only, no extra passengers permitted

  • In times of declared emergency or evacuation

Any person/persons wishing to access the ferry outside of these guidelines will be required to pay the applicable charge, and as the vehicle operator it will be the taxi companies’ responsibility to ensure that the fee is paid for prior to accessing the ferry. At no time will groups be permitted to travel for free for any reason unless that specified in the above regardless of the holding of an annual pass and at no time will a non-pass holder be eligible for free travel except in evacuation situations.


Consistent with other facilities in East Gippsland Shire Council who process fee collections, Raymond Island Ferry now only accept cashless payments for accessing the ferry. All major credit and debit cards are accepted for these transactions. 


Please note: masks on public transport such as the ferry is still mandatory. (24 November 2020). 



14 October 2020 - Slipping Date


There is no schedule slipping for 2020 with the next schedule out of water slipping set for April 2021, subject to change due to slip availability and will be confirmed closer to schedule slipping date



26 August 2020 - Fee changes for travel


Effective Tuesday 1 September 2020


This is an eftpos only service and cash will not be accepted.


Pedestrian traffic including Bicycles and mobility scooters: Free

Motorbike: $6

Car/Van/Ute: $13

Car/van/ute towing trailer or caravan: $20

Truck/Bus : $20

Truck/Bus towing trailer: $38

Vehicle over 20T GVM: $28

Vehicle over 20T GVM towing trailer: $55

Hazardous material: $38

Hazardous Material with trailer: $74

After hours call our service: $ 265


5 August 2020 - COVID19


Everyone in Victoria 12 years old and above needs to wear a face covering if you leave your home, unless you have a medical exemption.

This is expected of any user on the Ferry and the Ferry operator reserves the right to refuse entry of any person/s failing to comply with this instruction.

New Raymond Island Ferry timetable 1 July 2020

Departure times are from Raymond Island. Paynesville passengers please wait at the terminal at the departure time. This will help with safe boarding and timely departures.

Raymond Island Ferry Timetable 2020

Raymond Island Ferry Timetable 2020 Paynesville


27 March 2020 - COVID19


In addition to the normal daily cleaning regime of the Ferry, there will be three additional 1-hour blocks of sanitising conducted in the passenger cabin and terminal waiting buildings.

Pedestrians and/or cyclists will not be able to travel on the Ferry during the following times:


0930 - 1030

1330 - 1430

1730 - 1830


Other rules are:

  • Pedestrians and cyclists need to social distance - at least 1.5m.
  • Vehicles need to have their windows closed whilst travelling.

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