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Boats & ferries

Melbourne inner city

Melbourne CBD / Southbank to Williamstown
Via Southgate
Melbourne River Cruises View timetable
Yarra & Maribyrnong Rivers
Via any landing between Richmond, Maribyrnong and Williamstown
Melbourne Water Taxis  
Melbourne CBD / Southbank to Williamstown
Via Southgate, Crown Wharf, South Wharf, Scienceworks
Williamstown Ferries View timetable
Port Melbourne to Spotswood Westgate Punt View timetable
St Kilda to Williamstown Cruzy Cruises View timetable

Melbourne to Bellarine Peninsula

Port Phillip Ferries map

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

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

Western Port Ferries route map

Western Port 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 Western Port Ferries for timetables, fares and other details.

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.

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.

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.