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.
Melbourne to Bellarine Peninsula
A 400 seat catamaran offers several return trips daily between Docklands in Melbourne and Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula. The ferry travels along the Yarra River to its entrance, and then south-west across Port Phillip.
This service provides a more direct route for people travelling between Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula. It is quicker than using public transport and provides more reliable travel times than driving, which can be affected by congestion during peak periods.
Distance: 45 kilometres
Duration: 90 minutes
See Port Phillip Ferries for timetables, fares and travel information.
Mornington Peninsula to Bellarine Peninsula
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.
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.
Please note that there are no vehicle ferries to Phillip Island. Those wishing to drive their vehicle onto the island will need to use the bridge that links the mainland at San Remo with Newhaven on Phillip Island.
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
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.
The ferry service operates both ways overnight on almost every day of the year. On some days between September and April, day sailings are also available.
Distance: 439 kilometres
Duration: between 9 and 11 hours
See Spirit of Tasmania for timetables, on-line bookings and further information.