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Water sports

With the Yarra river running through the city and Port Phillip Bay's safe and sandy beaches, there are plenty of opportunities for contemplation or adrenaline-fuelled fun in, on and by the water.

Melbourne ahoy

Charter a yacht and sail the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay, take a city cruise down the mighty Yarra, or kick it up a gear and book a thrilling jet boat ride in St Kilda.

Paddle power

Hit the rivers or head out onto the bay and explore the city's unique waterways on a kayaking expedition. Take a moonlight paddle under the Bolte Bridge, kayak downstream for a romantic riverside dinner, or journey over rapids to see glow worms in the caves of Yarra Junction.

Beachside summers

Make a splash at the city's popular swimming beaches, including Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, Middle Park, St Kilda, Elwood, Hampton, Brighton, Sandringham, and Williamstown. These main beaches are all manned by lifesavers on weekends and public holidays during the summer months from November to March.

Poolside year-round

If you like swimming but not sand, join locals and visitors alike at one of Melbourne's numerous swimming pools. Many of them are heated so you dive in any time of year.

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Boating & sailing

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Tours

Private Guided Boat Tour

Punting on the Lake

Take a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens. Settle back in an elegant...

From $50 - $65

Tours

Cruise CD - City and Williamstown Return

Melbourne River Cruises

With Melbourne River Cruises, cruise by Melbourne's shipping channels and Docklands on your historic journey to the old maritime seaport of...

From $29

Tours

Luxury 90 Minute Yarra River Cruise

Melbourne Boat Hire

Spoil yourself and take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a local expert with your own private luxury cruise chartered by your own private...

From $399

Tours

Cruise A - Port and Docklands

Melbourne River Cruises

With Melbourne River Cruises, meander past Melbourne city out to the Bolte Bridge and Swanson Dock, and discover some of the landings of Melbourne's...

From $23

Water sports

Boat4Hire Melbourne

Boat4Hire Melbourne offers budget boat rental and is a great way to explore Melbourne by the Yarra River. Cruise Melbourne's iconic Yarra River from...

Tours

Cruise AB - Melbourne Highlights

Melbourne River Cruises

Combine both Melbourne River Cruises tours of river gardens, port and Docklands. Cruises to enjoy the complete Yarra River experience. View the...

From $29
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Kayaking

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Sorrento Full Day Kayak Tour

Sea Kayak Australia

Journey back in time with Sea Kayak Australia, as you paddle along the foreshore, observing historical houses along the cliff tops, outdoor swimming...

From $115 - $139

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Kayak Hire Melbourne

Sea Kayak Australia

Kayak Hire in Melbourne is located 300 metres from the Yarra River in Abbotsford (Three kilometres from Melbourne central). Located close to public...

From $30 - $80

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Corner Inlet (Wilsons Promontory) Sea Kayak Multi-day Tour

Sea Kayak Australia

This Sea Kayak Australia Corner Inlet and Wilsons Promontory tour is for people who want to get away from it all. The kayaking begins at Port...

From $360 - $560

Tours

St Kilda Half Day Kayak Tour

Sea Kayak Australia

This tour is a sampler of what sea kayaking is like without getting too tired but still having fun with Sea Kayak Australia. St Kilda is a lively...

From $79 - $89

Sports tours

Whitewater Kayaking

The Adventure Merchants

Experience grade two white-water from the seat of a two-man inflatable kayak. Tackle Bobs rock and challenge yourself as you paddle down the raging...

From $89

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Phillip Island Full Day Sea Kayak Tour

Sea Kayak Australia

Sea Kayak Australia offers a tour full of adventure and fun. Paddle around Woolamai Waters Bay, then past the Old Granite Quarry before paddling past...

From $115 - $139
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Swimming

Water sports

St Kilda Sea Baths

<p>Lap up the goodness of salt water and beach views at this 25-metre indoor pool filled with filtered sea water, located on the shore of St Kilda beach.</p>

Leisure activities

Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre

Channel your inner champion at Melbourne's biggest aquatic centre, complete with lap pools, diving boards, an enormous water slide and wave pool.

Leisure activities

Fitzroy Swimming Pool

Join the hordes of lap swimmers and laid-back locals at this 50m heated outdoor pool in Fitzroy, where DJs hit the decks on summer Sunday afternoons.

Leisure activities

Melbourne City Baths

Swim back in time as you do your laps at these historic public baths. This modern 30-metre indoor heated lap pool is housed in a beautiful Federation building.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches

Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots at St Kilda to the landmark bathing huts at Brighton.

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Things to do

Leisure activities

Live the life of leisure and be as busy as you please in Melbourne, choosing from a range of fun-filled activities guaranteed to shake up the weekend.

Things to do

Nature and wildlife

Surround yourself with age-old trees, manicured lawns and abundant wildlife in a pocket of calm and tranquillity in the middle of Melbourne.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Get out there and try your luck with the fish in Port Phillip Bay from the pier or join a Melbourne fishing charter cruise out on the open water.

Nature & wildlife

Beaches

Relax in the summer sun on calm bay beaches across Melbourne from the popular swimming spots at St Kilda to the landmark bathing huts at Brighton.