Chinamans Hat (Local Port of Port Phillip)


Chinamans Hat (Local Port of Port Phillip)

Chinamans Hat located in the South Channel of Port Phillip Bay is a unique structure that serves as a haul out site for Australian fur seals.

Chinamans Hat is a popular site for snorkling and swimming with seals. Access the area by personal vessel or book with a Local Tour Operator. Visitors to the site are warned to keep their distance, since the seals can at times behave aggressively towards people who approach too close.

At seal haul out sites, where seals congregate, you must stay at least five metres from the seals if you are swimming, and at least 30 metres away if you are in a recreational vessel, other than a jet ski.

Jet skis must remain at least 50 metres from a seal on a haul out site.

Licensed tour operators are permitted to approach closer than distances detailed above, subject to a range of other operating conditions.

How to get there

Chinamans Hat (Local Port of Port Phillip)

Need to know

Chinamans Hat (Local Port of Port Phillip)

Warnings & Restrictions


Dogs are not allowed


  • Boating zones apply
  • Speed restrictions apply


  • Water hazards
    • Rough Surf
    • Shallow water
    • Deep water
    • Strong currents

Be Prepared

Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks in Victoria’s parks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care. Find out more.
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