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Boats & ferries

Boats & ferries

Melbourne inner city

Southbank to Williamstown

Melbourne River Cruises operate a ferry service along the Yarra River, with drop offs at Scienceworks available on request. See the ferry timetable.

Williamstown Ferries run services along the Yarra River between Southbank and Williamstown, stopping at major attractions along the way on request. See ferry information.

Port Melbourne to Spotswood

The West Gate Punt is a short ferry service for pedestrians and cyclists wishing to cross the Yarra River near the West Gate Bridge. It travels between Westgate Landing (Lorimer Street, Port Melbourne) and Scienceworks Jetty (Douglas Parade, Spotswood).

Yarra River and Maribyrnong River

Melbourne Water Taxis operate a water limousine-style service, going where you want, when you want. On the Yarra River, taxis operate between the river mouth at Williamstown and upstream as far as Alma Wharf in Abbotsford. On the Maribyrnong River, taxis operate as far upstream as Canning Reserve Landing in Avondale Heights.

Port Phillip

Searoad car and passenger ferry map

A high frequency car and passenger ferry service operates between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula. The ferry route is on the inside of the entrance to Port Phillip.

For those touring along the Great Ocean Road or coming from Geelong, it provides a convenient alternative for travelling to the Mornington Peninsula or Gippsland without having to drive via Melbourne.

Distance: 10 kilometres
Duration: 40 minutes

See Searoad for timetables, fares and travel information.

Western Port

Inter Island passenger ferry map

Inter Island Ferries operate high speed passenger catamarans, linking French Island, Phillip Island and the Mornington Peninsula. Departure points are at the Stony Point jetty at Crib Point (Mornington Peninsula), Cowes Jetty (Phillip Island) and Tankerton Jetty (French Island).

Almost all ferry services between Phillip Island and Stony Point go via French Island, stopping at Tankerton.

Stony Point to French Island:
Distance: 4 kilometres
Duration: 15 minutes

French Island to Phillip Island:
Distance: 8 kilometres
Duration: 30 minutes

See Inter Island Ferries for timetables, fares and other details.

Gippsland Lakes

Raymond Island ferry map

The Raymond Island Ferry is a chain ferry which transports vehicles and pedestrians across McMillan Strait, between Paynesville and Raymond Island.

Distance: 200 metres
Duration: less than 5 minutes

For further details, see ferry information and timetable.

Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania map

The Spirit of Tasmania operates two passenger and vehicular ferries which travel between Melbourne (Station Pier, Port Melbourne) and Devonport in Tasmania. The ferry travels through Port Phillip and across Bass Strait.

Distance: 439 kilometres
Duration: between 9 and 11 hours

See Spirit of Tasmania for timetables, on-line bookings and further information.