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Cruise ships & ferries

Cruise into Melbourne

Melbourne is a popular port for the world's most prestigious cruise liners. Just four kilometres from the city centre, Melbourne's Station Pier services porting and visiting cruise ships, and is the permanent home of the Spirit of Tasmania I and II, the car and passenger ferry service between Melbourne and Devonport, Tasmania.

The port's terminal offers passengers a range of services, including lounge facilities and visitor information, in a safe and friendly environment. Taxis, coaches, tour guides and the Skybus shuttle service operate pick-ups from the wharf. From October to April, knowledgeable staff and volunteers from the City of Melbourne operate an information desk at Station Pier. A tram service to the city runs directly from the pier.

Cruise companies

Spirit of Tasmania
Silversea Cruises
Royal Caribbean International
Princess Cruises
P&O Cruises

Melbourne's ferries

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 Abbotsford and Williamstown; and on the Maribyrnong River as far as Canning Street, Essendon.




The Yarra Loop service operates Friday evenings and weekend afternoons. 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.

Ferries to 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.

Ferrying between 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.

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