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Locals and tourists are flocking to Melbourne’s newest premium eco-friendly self-drive boat hire and tour operator – Melbourne Boat Hire. The tourism operator offers electric powered noise and fume free boating so guests can soak up the atmosphere along Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River. With a cozy canopy and all weather covers, it is the perfect way to cruise year-round for a special night or day on the water.

Owned and operated by skipper and experienced boatie Matt Gannon, Melbourne Boat Hire is the perfect option for smaller groups of up to 10 people looking for a perfect day or night out in a uniquely intimate vessel.

The eco-friendly boats offer both self-drive and skippered options and, with no license required, aspiring skippers can take the wheel and charter their own vessel for a special occasion, proposal or even a casual lunch along the river.

Perfect for all seasons and with a full range of catering options, Melbourne Boat Hire offers guests the option of exquisite food and beverages packages or self catered options.

With easy access via Docklands, Melbourne Boat Hire offers guests the ability to take in Melbourne’s feature landmarks from a completely new perspective away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets. Guests can enjoy a cruise experience like no other including cruises past landmarks such as the Botanical Gardens, Herring Island Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Southbank, Federation Square as well as taking in the beauty of the Yarra surrounds of jetties, parks and its breathtaking riverside beauty.
The perfect option for the environmentally conscious, the vessels are electric powered and offer a quieter cruise experience with no nasty fumes or emissions – the way nature intended it.

Whether you are looking for the perfect day out with friends, luxurious transfers for a bridal party or an intimate evening cruise, Melbourne Boat Hire is fast becoming the popular choice for a unique experience around Melbourne for both locals and tourists.

Ideal for a social occasion or a unique corporate function, the fleet of vessels offer an intimate experience within the bustling surrounds of Melbourne’s most popular waterway. A Melbourne Boast Hire vessel can be yours for a day or evening cruise, or arrange the services of an experienced skipper to take you on a fully catered luxury cruise where all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day experience, luxurious Spring Carnival transfer, pole position for New Year’s fireworks or just a truly new and exciting experience – Melbourne Boat Hire allows locals and tourists the opportunity to experience Melbourne like never before.
Melbourne Boat Hire is based at New Quay Marina in Docklands and operates 7 days a week. Charters are booked in advance and early bookings are recommended for special occasions such as racing carnival transfers, New Years Eve and Valentines Day.


Private boat charter for up-to 35 passengers

The ultimate Yarra River cruise perfect for any celebration or corporate events

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Private 2 hr Skippered cruise suitable for up-to 10 passengers

An intimate cruise option suitable for smaller groups to celebrate any occasion or sightseeing cruises

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Self-Drive boat hire onboard either Harvey A or Eliza J
Suitable for up-to 10 – 12 passengers

Take a self-guided tour on the Yarra River – No boat licence or experience required!

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Private 1.5 hr Yarra River dinner cruise for two

Indulge and enjoy a romantic private dinner cruise on Melbourne’s spectacular Yarra River for you and your partner.

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1.5hr cruise with wine and cheese for up to 6 persons

Experience Melbourne’s Iconic Yarra River in style, with and cheese platter and bottle of wine included

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3hr Melbourne waterways photography cruise

Capture Melbourne from thre best angle, choose from our sunrise, midday or sunset photography cruises

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