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Discover The Best Of Yarra River Cruises

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PRIVATE BOAT CHARTER

Celebrate your next event or Celebration with a private cruise

DINNER CRUISE

DINNER CRUISE FOR TWO

Indulge and enjoy a private remonatic dinner cruise for two

SELF -DRIVE BOAT HIRE

SELF -DRIVE BOAT HIRE

Take a self-guided adventure with no boat licence required!

PRIVATE CRUISES

PRIVATE CRUISES

Experience Melbourne from the Yarra River with a private cruise

HENS PARTY CRUISES

HENS PARTY CRUISES

Party with the girls in style onboard our luxurious Birrarung

PUBLIC CRUISES

PUBLIC CRUISES

Affordable eco-friendly cruises on Melbourne’s waterways

SMALL GROUP WEDDINGS

SMALL GROUP WEDDINGS

Intimate and cost affective Wedding for up-to 35 guests

PROPOSALS

PROPOSALS

Romantic setting for a hassle-free and successful proposal

Self-drive Boat Hire Or Skippered Cruises

We provide Yarra River cruises for all occasions. Luxurious vessels can be hired as self-drive or skippered boats for private cruising on the waterways of Melbourne. Our craft are available 7 days per week.

Christmas party boat hire is the unique fun way to host an end of year office function. Private charter vessels are available for small or large groups of up to 35 passengers.

Arrive at the Spring Racing Carnival by water taxi . Make the journey unique! Arrange for a catered cruise, bring your own playlist and make an occasion of the journey. Beat the queues, the traffic and avoid parking hassles.

Arrange on-water transfers to a riverside restaurant dinner, concert or night out. Pickups can be arranged to suit the time of your special event. Water taxis can be for one or two people, or for groups of up to 35 passengers. See a show, have dinner or simply enjoy an evening on the Yarra River. Progressive dinner cruises provide the ideal way to enjoy multiple courses of fine waterside restaurant dining, either onboard our vessels- or cruising between the finest establishments serving the best cuisine.

Planning a hens night? Our boats are available for exclusive use by one private group. Design your girls' night or day on the water for a fun time. Book as many hours and extras as your group requires. Catering, drinks, BYO and entertainment can be customised exactly as you want. Select from our fleet of self-drive vessels. No boat license is needed.

Venture further afield, past the shipping lanes, container docks and head west. Different sights and points of interest can be found on the Maribyrnong River.

Cruise past the racecourse at Flemington, and sail post the Old Pipe Works. Disembark during your Maribyrnong River cruise and take in some of the history of Melbourne and the Ports.

Go with the leading providers of bespoke water transport in Melbourne. Boat trips- on our beautifully appointed boats- can be booked as a special surprise for a lucky person. Experience one of our Yarra River cruises. Enjoy the delightful perspective of Melbourne from the water.


We Pride Ourselves On Customer Satisfaction

Hear From Our Happy Guests

  • Thanks for the great time!

    Just a quick email to thank you and wish you well with your new endeavor. Onboard Harvey A was a brilliant way to take my family out boating without the costs or hassles of owning a boat. The boat was extremely quite and very easy to drive. Thanks.

    Paul South Melbourne
  • Wow what a relaxing way to cruise!

    Thanks for the great time! We cruised all the way up the Yarra River to Richmond and back, it was so peaceful and very relaxing. The was beautiful and so easy to drive. Thanks once again and I will be sure to come back again.

    Jenny Melbourne
  • Experience was perfect

    We could not have been happier. Boat was high quality in perfect condition and easy to drive. Staff was super friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend and will be back for another occasion…

    Ben Melbourne
  • Cannot recommend highly enough

    I cannot recommend this company highly enough! Matt and staff were outstanding and well exceeded our expectations. Our guests are still raving about the food and the beautiful boat ‘Birrarung’. Thanks guys! 5 stars all the way!

    Ali Cashat

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    Melbourne Boat Hire is Melbourne’s premium, eco-friendly electric self-drive boat hire and boat tour operator on the iconic Yarra River in Melbourne.
    Melbourne Boat Hire offers a unique, intimate water tourism experience with a difference.
    Cruise the beautiful Yarra River – the social heart of Melbourne like never before, in the comfort of your own luxury vessel with the option of enjoying exquisite food and beverage dining packages.

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    Yarra River Cruises: Skippered or Self-drive

    We provide Yarra River cruises for all occasions. Luxurious vessels can be hired as self-drive or skippered boats for private cruising on the waterways of Melbourne. Our craft are available 7 days per week.

    Christmas party boat hire is the unique fun way to host an end of year office function. Private charter vessels are available for small or large groups of up to 35 passengers.

    Arrive at the Spring Racing Carnival by water taxi . Make the journey unique! Arrange for a catered cruise, bring your own playlist and make an occasion of the journey. Beat the queues, the traffic and avoid parking hassles.

    Arrange on-water transfers to a riverside restaurant dinner, concert or night out. Pickups can be arranged to suit the time of your special event. Water taxis can be for one or two people, or for groups of up to 35 passengers. See a show, have dinner or simply enjoy an evening on the Yarra River. Progressive dinner cruises provide the ideal way to enjoy multiple courses of fine waterside restaurant dining, either onboard our vessels- or cruising between the finest establishments serving the best cuisine.

    Planning a hens night? Our boats are available for exclusive use by one private group. Design your girls' night or day on the water for a fun time. Book as many hours and extras as your group requires. Catering, drinks, BYO and entertainment can be customised exactly as you want. Select from our fleet of self-drive vessels. No boat license is needed.

    Venture further afield, past the shipping lanes, container docks and head west. Different sights and points of interest can be found on the Maribyrnong River.

    Cruise past the racecourse at Flemington, and sail post the Old Pipe Works. Disembark during your Maribyrnong River cruise and take in some of the history of Melbourne and the Ports.

    Go with the leading providers of bespoke water transport in Melbourne. Boat trips- on our beautifully appointed boats- can be booked as a special surprise for a lucky person. Experience one of our Yarra River cruises. Enjoy the delightful perspective of Melbourne from the water.

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      Cannot recommend highly enough


      We Chartered the Birrarung


      Amazing Experience!

      No crowds to push through and beautifully clean immaculately kept boat. Skipper was knowledgeable and made to cruise even more enjoyable. Thank you!


      Experience was perfect

      We could not have been happier. Boat was high quality in perfect condition and easy to drive. Staff was super friendly and helpful. I will definitely recommend and will be back for another occasion...


      We enjoyed the trip

      We enjoyed the trip greatly, it was a great surprise for my Father's 80th birthday and he loved it. A very reasonably priced outing for a group and we will certainly use you again...

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