Melbourne's Water Transport
Part 4 - Public Transportation

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Part 4 Public Transport On The Water

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.

Two ferry services operate in Victoria that are overseen by Public Transport Victoria.

Western Port Ferry running from Stony Point to French Island, Phillip Island (formerly known as the French Island Ferry).

Westgate Punt running between Spotswood Jetty and Westgate Landing in Port Melbourne.

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

They operate day and evening, shuttling you from one end of the city to the other. Use them for touring or special celebrations.

They also travel around the bay to Williamstown, and tour the new and trendy Docklands precinct.

Try out the ferry that takes you across Port Phillip Bay from Sorrento to Queenscliff. This will also transport your car, bike, RV and Caravan. Makes for a great day out with the family.

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Ferries at Southbank in Melbourne, Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/suewaters/1576078884/in/photostream/ Ferries at Southbank in Melbourne, Australia compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/suewaters/1576078884/in/photostream/
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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.

Ferry cruises along the yarra River Melbourne AustraliaFerry 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 compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattcashmore/3665153472/  Sorrento to Queenscliff ferry compliments of http://www.flickr.com/photos/mattcashmore/3665153472/

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.

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

Spirit of Tasmania at Station Pier, Melbourne - AustraliaSpirit of Tasmania at Station Pier, Melbourne - Australia

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