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Hire a boat from us which you will be able to drive without a licence

Melbourne Boat Hire is Melbourne’s highly reviewed and premium, eco-friendly electric self-drive boat hire and boat tour operator on the iconic Yarra River in Melbourne.

Our environmentally friendly fleet are electric powered offering you a quieter cruise experience with no nasty fumes or emissions – the way nature intended it.

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.

Take in Melbourne’s feature landmarks from a completely new perspective away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets such as the Botanical Gardens, Herring Island Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Southbank, Federation Square and Docklands as well as taking in the beauty of the Yarra surrounds of jetties, parks and its breathtaking riverside beauty.

Melbourne Boat Hire offers a variety of hire options from day and evening self-drive with no license required and special event cruises to fully catered skippered luxury cruises for those who wish to bask in complete relaxation and indulgence.

If you are looking for a luxury, intimate water cruise and dining experience from a local, privately owned company dedicated to providing a memorable experience then contact us today.

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  • Aisha0909 Avatar

    5 star rating 2 hour Self-Drive Hire - Harvey A - For up to 10 People - No license required! It was a wonderful experience. Never drove a boat by myself. Was pretty scared. But the instructor was really good and made it easy for us. Quite a peaceful. You can play your own music through bluetooth, and can get your own food and drinks. Should should go for it.

    Aisha0909 8/03/2020
    M5723YFadamw Avatar

    5 star rating Very relaxing, with a different perspective of Melbourne Fantastic way to see Melbourne from a different perspective! Matt was very professional and the boat was very nice and well presented. We did a self drive tour (very simple to operate) with the family, but now im thinking id like to go again with some mates... might try the cheese and wine tour! Very highly recommended!

    M5723YFadamw 7/05/2020
    lindsay1917 Avatar

    5 star rating Must do experience What a beautiful way to spend your evening, cruising up the Yarra with your loved ones with bubbles, cheese and wines. Excellent captain, beautifully dressed table with your favourite music playing.

    lindsay1917 1/05/2020
  • MrsEKN Avatar

    5 star rating Relaxing way to enjoy Melbourne city! Booked for second time. Boat is very clean, quite spacious. Ordered food for lunch and coffees to be enjoyed in the boat. And customer service is excellent! Matt is very responsive in both emails and calls, very helpful and punctual. Highly recommended if you want to enjoy Melbourne city or just relaxing weekend.

    MrsEKN 11/20/2019
    Cosmopolitan553132 Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic experience 2nd time I’m hiring the boat (2hr , self drive) - this time for a surprise birthday for my wife inviting friends along. We had excellent time and I command the staff for their professionalism, very accommodating and ensuring we had a lovely time. Nice and easy to deal with and very professional second time round. We will be sure to visit again. Thank you

    Cosmopolitan553132 11/12/2019
    shawanna2019 Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent Really excellent experience - so much fun. And driving the boat was surprisingly easy. Would recommend.

    shawanna2019 9/16/2019
  • LisaT3265 Avatar

    5 star rating Father’s Day An absolute wonderful experience.

    View of Melbourne from another perspective.

    Safe and comfortable boat with all the bells and whistles . Service was excellent .

    It exceeded my expectations.

    LisaT3265 9/03/2019