Getting around Melbourne and Victoria doesn't have to mean hours in traffic. Spend an afternoon breathing in the fresh air out on the water on a ferry ride down the Yarra River or across Port Phillip Bay.
Melbourne Water Taxis land at points on the Yarra River, between Fenix Restaurant, Abbotsford and Williamstown; and on the Maribyrnong River as far as Canning Street, Essendon.
The Yarra Loop service operates Friday evenings and weekend afternoons, with adult single trips from $5. Visit melbournewatertaxis.com.au for more information.
Popular stops include WTC Wharf, South Wharf, Southgate, Federation Wharf and ANZ Wharf. Special services run to other locations for major events such as AFL matches, the Australian Open Tennis, concerts and the Spring Racing Carnival. Phone ahead (0416 068 655) for more information.
Williamstown and Scienceworks
Catch the ferry from Southbank and go on a scenic ride along the Yarra River and around the bay to Williamstown. Stop by at Scienceworks or go twenty minutes further on to Williamstown and spend a day at the beach.
Get information on timetables and prices on the Williamstown Ferries website
Sorrento to Queenscliff
Don't miss 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 while taking in stunning views of Melbourne's coastal regions. Board as a passenger or bring your car.
Visit the Searoad website for details on route times and pricing.