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Boats & ferries

Boats & ferries

Melbourne inner city

Route Details
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
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). See ferry information.

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

A car and passenger ferry operates between Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula and Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The 10 kilometre journey across the entrance of Port Phillip takes around 40 minutes.

See Searoad for timetables, fares and travel information.

Searoad car and passenger ferry map

Western Port

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).

Day packages, including cruises and tours, are available.

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

Inter Island passenger ferry map

Gippsland Lakes

The Raymond Island Ferry is a chain ferry which transports vehicles and pedestrians between Paynesville and Raymond Island - a journey of around 200 metres across McMillan Strait.

For further details, see ferry information and timetable.

Raymond Island ferry map

Spirit of Tasmania

The Spirit of Tasmania operates two passenger and vehicular ferries which travel between Melbourne (Station Pier, Port Melbourne) and Devonport in Tasmania.

The journey through Port Phillip and across Bass Strait is 429 kilometres long, taking between 9 and 11 hours.

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

Spirit of Tasmania map