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On the waterfront

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Ratty, The Wind in the Willows.

A day afloat suits all ages and budgets.  If you agree with Ratty, here are some of the many ways to make the most of Melbourne’s waterfront this summer.


Boating experience is not required for this self-drive boat hire. Take your family out on the Yarra and discover Melbourne’s many waterways with you at the helm.

Take the family out for a cruise

Docklands Yacht Club

If you’ve ever wanted to experience sailing and see if it’s for you, the Docklands Yacht Club holds free community sailing days on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month, starting at 11 am (weather permitting; check their website on the day). No experience is necessary, and everyone is welcome.

Sail away with Docklands Yacht Club

Victorian Yacht Charters

Step aboard a luxury world-class yacht for a two-hour cruise combined with live music and a delicious lunch or dinner on the waterfront.

Cruise the bay in style

Kayak Melbourne

See our gorgeous city skyline from the water in these unique guided tours of Melbourne.

A unique way to tour the city

Aqua BBQ Donut

Take to the water with a barbeque station that floats. Get a group together and drift along in a two-hour cruise around the Docklands – with an in-built sound system and a gas barbeque you have all the ingredients for an excellent time.

Glide the waters of Docklands in a floating BBQ


Enjoy a cruise by Tramboat, taking in Docklands, Crown Casino, Southbank, NewQuay and Waterfront City. Fully enclosed, it’s equipped with a stereo system and a bar.

Take your tram off the rails