About Ferryman’s

Ferryman’s Seafood Café is located on a unique floating vessel, which was once the Raymond Island car ferry. It is moored amongst the fishing fleet of Lakes Entrance. The café is open daily from 10am until late and is fully licensed.

Ferry Seafoods, our fresh fish outlet, operates on the lower level, 7 days a week, 8.30 until 5.00pm. Lakes Entrance is the largest fishing port in Victoria and offers a large variety of seafood, year round and seasonal.

The Cafe

Ferryman’s Seafood Café is a unique seafood dining venue in Victoria’s Seafood capital, Lakes Entrance. A floating café/restaurant, Ferryman’s is set amongst the fishing fleet of Lakes Entrance in the heart of the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Experience the freshest seafood and produce from the local area.

Ferryman’s is renowned for offering some of the finest seafood dining in Victoria. The upstairs café/restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and is managed by Frauke Steedman who has international experience and hails from Germany.

Sit on our sunny decks all day or dine as the sun sets over the beautiful waters of Lakes Entrance.

The Fish Shop

Ferry Seafoods is a retail and wholesale outlet located on the lower deck of Ferryman’s Seafood Café.

Lakes Entrance is renowned as the seafood capital of Victoria. Ferry Seafoods sources directly from our own trawler as well as the local fishing fleet. This means we are able to offer a large range of fresh local seafood. Our expert staff are on hand to advise on the freshest catch of the day and specialities of the region. The oysters are opened daily.

Seasonal local seafood

Crayfish – Summer/Autumn, Prawns – Summer/Autumn
Bugs – Summer/Autumn, Scallops – Winter/Spring

The Ferry’s History

Ferryman’s Seafood Café and Ferry Seafood’s is built on what was the old Raymond Island Car Ferry which ran between Paynesville and Raymond Island in the Gippsland Lakes. The ferry was built in the late 1960’s, being placed in service in 1969. A unique feature of the old ferry is the rotating pontoons.

In the 1960’s there was not a slipway large enough to accommodate a vessel of its size, so the ferry was designed with a unique rotating pontoons which negated the need for slipping.

The ferry was purchased by the owners, Leanne and Brian Bolding in 1997. The ferry was brought down from Paynesville and completely stripped back to bare frames, and blasted and painted. Local Architect Anthony Lake drew up the design and construction began.

Subsequently Ferryman’s Seafood Café and Ferry Seafoods opened for business at the beginning of December 2003.

Contact Us

Ferryman’s Seafood Cafe

Open daily from 10am until late – fully licensed
Lunch served from 12 noon, dinner served from 6pm.

Bookings: (03) 5155 3000

Middle Boat Harbour, The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance

Ferry Seafoods

Fish, prawns, oysters, crayfish and much more!
Open daily 8.30am – 5pm

Enquiries: (03) 5155 4999

Middle Boat Harbour, The Esplanade, Lakes Entrance