Melbourne's Water Transport
Part 4 - Public Transportation

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Water Transport in Melbourne, whether it be by watertaxi, touring on a Melbourne ferry or cruising on the Spirit of Tasmania, it's all great family fun.

Ferries and cruises travel from Southbank and Federation Square Dock along the Yarra River.

They also travel around the bay to Williamstown, tour the new and trendy Docklands precinct and also across Port Phillip Bay from Sorrento to Queenscliff.

Ferries At Southbank

Ferries at Southbank in Melbourne, Australia compliments of

Sailing the Melbourne Docklands Ferry in Background

Sailing the waters in Port Phillip Bay Docklands Melbourne Australia compliments of

The Yarra River Shuttle Service

The watertaxi system is managed by Parks Victoria and uses two small vessels seating 25 passengers and a 60 seat vessel.

These provide better linkage between waterfront venues and during Melbourne's warmer months offer the locals and tourist a unique vantage point to take in the beautiful city sights.

Between November and Easter, the Yarra River Shuttle Service operates seven days a week.

Shuttle running hours are...

  • Every half hour between 11am-5pm Monday-Thursday
  • Between 10am-8pm Friday to Sunday and on public holidays.

Yarra River Shuttle and Melbourne River Cruise Ferry

Ferry cruises along the yarra River Melbourne Australia

There are also ferries that operate on the Mornington Peninsular and Westernport Bay.

One such ferry is the passenger and vehicle ferry crossing between Sorrento and Queencliff.

For more details see the official Searoad Ferries website.

Sorrento to Queenscliff Ferry

Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry compliments of

Another great and exciting ferry is the Spirit of Tasmania. This passenger and vehicle ferry is more like a small ocean liner.

It sails at night in both directions, departing from Station Street pier in Melbourne and traveling the Bass Straight over to Devonport in Tasmania.

In summer there are also day sailings.

Spirit of Tasmania At Station Pier- Melbourne

Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier, Melbourne - Australia

For more extensive details on this exciting trip across Bass Straight visit the official Spirit of Tasmania website.

Have you entertained the thought of booking a Melbourne Cruise or a Sailing Tour?

Relax, sit back and let my professional travel partner, Viator, do all the hard work for you. These tours can be enjoyed close to the city, within the central business district, out in Port Phillip Bay or further into the Victorian countryside.

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More On Melbournes Water Transport

Part 1  -  Introduction to Public Transportion and Melbourne Trams

Part 2  -  Public transportation Melbourne Trains

Part 3  -  Public Transportation Melbourne Buses

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