Getting to Melbourne by ferry

Melbourne and Victoria are easily accessible by ferry from Tasmania. Just four kilometres from the city centre at Port Melbourne, Melbourne's Station Pier is the permanent home to the Spirit of Tasmania I and II car and passenger ferry. Both day and overnight crossings are available most days of the year between Melbourne and Devonport (Tasmania).

Taxis operate pick-ups from the wharf and tram 109 services run directly to the city from the pier. Tram 109 also connects with Southern Cross Station and the airport Sky Bus.

(From spring 2022, Spirit of Tasmania ferries are set to move port operations, departing instead from Corio Quay, North Geelong.) For further information, scheduling, fares and bookings, visit

Melbourne ferries

Take a ferry ride down the Yarra River or across Port Phillip Bay. Melbourne Water Taxis land at points on the Yarra River, between Abbotsford and Williamstown; and on the Maribyrnong River and Canning Street, Essendon.

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Popular stops include South Wharf, Southgate, Federation Wharf and ANZ Wharf. Special services run for major events such as AFL matches at the MCG, the Australian Open Tennis, concerts and the Spring Racing Carnival. Hens night and party charters also available.

Catch the ferry from Southbank for a scenic ride along the Yarra River and around the bay to Williamstown. Stop off at Scienceworks or ride twenty minutes further to Williamstown, to spend a day at the beach.

Visit the Williamstown Ferries website for timetables and prices.

Sorrento to Queenscliff

Take the spectacular 40-minute trip across Port Phillip Bay on the Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry Service. Travel between the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas and watch for dolphins and whales. Board as a passenger or bring your car. Visit the Searoad Ferries website for details on route times and pricing.

Docklands to Portarlington and Geelong

Take a ferry from Docklands to Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula, or Geelong. The 80-minute Portarlington cruise on Port Phillip Ferries will whisk you from the centre of Melbourne to a land of wine, cider, mussels and fresh produce. Find out more about timetables for the twice-daily crossing and travel, dining and tour packages for the Bellarine Peninsula at The trip between Geelong and Docklands takes 90 minutes each way.

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