Melbourne by water: a Yarra River adventure

'We're going to need a bigger boat'

‘We’re going to need a bigger boat’

When it comes to exploring Melbourne, even well-travelled citizens are guilty of overlooking the Yarra River as a way to get around. But with a slew of water taxis, boats and ferries running daily between Fed Square, Southgate, WTC Wharf and Docklands, the city’s main waterway is taking us to destinations that trams and trains can’t reach.

Get on board with some of these options for exploring Melbourne by river.

Melbourne Water Taxis
With a shuttle service running over summer, Melbourne Water Taxis recently added a pre-booked run to the MCG for twilight AFL games on weekends. Departing from WTC Wharf every 15 minutes, the AFL service costs $10 return, with kids travelling free. The only traffic you’ll need to worry about are the flocks of water birds on the river.

City River Cruises
City River Cruises offer daily cruises departing from 11 Princes Walk, behind Federation Square. Seasonal specials make all-year river touring a must, including a Melbourne Cup Carnival (Flemington) service that will have you arriving at the track in style. Ladies, hold on to your hats!

Docklands Yacht Club
With a focus on family and sailing for everyone, regardless of experience, Docklands Yacht Club runs community sailing days on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, right throughout the year. You don’t need loads of cash or to be born with sea legs to enjoy yachting – as this club emphasises, ‘everyone is welcome’.

WTC Wharf

Moored at WTC Wharf

Coming up… ‘Riverside dining: top spots along the Yarra’, where we highlight some key places to eat and drink along your Melbourne by water journey.