Today we met with local Torie Mackinnon who is celebrating her 20th year as a captain with Moonraker Dolphin Swims.
As the now Managing Director of the business her passion for the marine environment extends back to her time growing up in Sorrento, which quickly strengthened with her involvement in the family business from the age of 18. Today, Moonraker Dolphin Swims in Sorrento remains a leader in eco-friendly marine experiences. The second-generation family-owned and operated business has been recognised with an array of accolades since its inception, including Victorian and Australian Tourism Awards, Global Eco-Tourism Awards and Women’s Business Awards. Torie, a mother to three boys, continues to uphold the core philosophy of Moonraker Dolphin Swims; unique and sustainable marine adventures delivered by passionate and dedicated locals. We caught up with Torie to talk dolphins and the Mornington Peninsula.
What do you love about the Mornington Peninsula?
The Mornington Peninsula is a region that offers everything from world-class restaurants, breweries and wineries to rugged natural landscapes, whales and local dolphins. There’s truly something for everyone.
Why do guests like spending time with your business?
I believe it's our employees’ genuine love for what they do. No matter the experience you travel on, it’s truly unique and provided in an environment of relaxed encouragement and genuine local love for the animals and area.
What do people not know about experiences with Moonraker Dolphin Swims that you would love to be able to tell them?
You don’t need to get in the water to appreciate what we have beneath the surface! No matter your age, ability or circumstance, you too can experience the unique wildlife and coastal scenery that’s right on your doorstep!
Is there anything new happening at Moonraker Dolphin Swims?
Every year, the business grows and evolves. We have a whole new range of private charters and exclusive private high-end animal encounters offered to families and social or experience groups.
Explore more of Moonraker Dolphin Swims here.
We asked Torie for her top local recommendations she would love to share with you on the Mornington Peninsula.
1. Best View - Millionaire’s Walk which is amazing anytime of year and the views are incredible
2. Favourite Experience (aside from being out on the bay of course!) - family adventure at Enchanted Maze and Adventure Garden.
3. Favourite Village to meander - Flinders.
4. Summer Experience - mid-week, off-peak season summer nights at The Portsea Hotel. Catch-ups, dinner and another great view!
5. Best only local find - Woodland Folk pop-up at the Point Nepean National Park.