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Boating & sailing

Take to the water in Victoria. Melbourne makes the most of its location on Australia's largest bay, offering opportunities to learn to sail, take a leisurely cruise down the Yarra River, or head out into the open waters of Port Phillip Bay.

The good life in Gippsland

Gippsland is home to Australia's largest groups of inland waterways, and a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. Explore the vast lakes, national parks, port-side villages and the Ninety Mile Beach. Further north, the seaside village of Mallacoota is surrounded by the deserted beaches, rocky promontories, wildlife and whales-spotting of Croajingolong National Park.

Laid back on the Murray

For a more relaxing water experience, hire a houseboat and wander along the Murray River, past red gums and paddle steamers, and stopping off in historic ports to fill up on fuel and regional food and wines.

Boating licences

Boating licences are required for most boat operators. Persons hiring or chartering a boat may be exempt.

Any person who operates a powered recreational vessel in Victoria must be licensed. This means any boat equipped with an engine that is used or is capable of being used for propulsion.

To obtain your licence, get a copy of the Victorian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook and take a computerised test at any VicRoads registration and licencing office.

Hire boats
If you are hiring a boat, you will not require a boat licence provided you meet the following requirements: 

  • You are over the age of 16
  • You are hiring a boat that is not capable of a speed greater than 10 knots (18kph)

All operators of hire and drive personal watercraft (jet skis) are required to hold a boat operator licence with a personal watercraft endorsement.

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Boating & sailing

Outdoor activities


With the largest inland network of waterways at your disposal, Gippsland is the perfect location for a boating expedition.

Water sports

The Murray

Embark on a short cruise on an historic paddle steamer, or captain your own houseboat for a leisurely tour of the lakes and rivers of the region.

Water sports

Mornington Peninsula

Fill your sails on Port Phillip Bay and sail off on powerboats, yachts and kayaks past Mornington Peninsula's resident dolphins and inquisitive seals.

Water sports

Phillip Island

A day on the water is a great way to sample the island's aquatic treasures. Explore secret bays, catch fish, and experience abundant marine life.

Water sports

Geelong & the Bellarine

Experience the best of Port Phillip Bay in a charter boat, take the ferry across to Sorrento, or cruise on out to a local seal colony.


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90 minute Seadragons and Seals Boat Tour

See the most amazing colourful Weedy Seadragons and swim with wild Australian Fur Seals on our...

Scenic Lake Cruise

Relax and enjoy the tranquil waters and beautiful surrounds of Lake Mulwala with afternoon tea and...

Luxury Private Yarra River Cruise

Spoil yourself and take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a local expert with your own...

Phillip Island Penguin Parade Plus & Three Parks One Day Tour

Come and join Southern Traveller for a special day tour to the world famous Phillip Island where...

Cumberoona Captain's Lunch and 90 minute Lake Cruise

A traditional paddle boat, with the sounds of years gone by. The Cumberoona is now fully restored...

Dolphin, Seal Swims and Sightseeing Trips

Pull on a warming wetsuit and join the Polperro team when the bay's unique and often curious...

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