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Cruise Melbourne in style aboard one of our signature eco-friendly luxurious electric hire boats. Our self drive boat hire cruise packages offer you the opportunity to rent one of our signature vessels with no license or experience required. Take in the many beautiful sights of the iconic Yarra River. Whether you are a local or first time to Melbourne, our boat trips will give you a unique perspective on our beautiful city. Dazzle your guests and upgrade your package with one of our food and beverage packages to make your cruise complete with no fuss. Or pack a picnic and stop at the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a BBQ on the grassy banks, as part of your Yarra River cruise. For something more adventurous, disembark and enjoy a fun picnic at Herring Island. You can dine at one of the many restaurants along the River – the options are endless.

Capacity: 10-12 passengers maximum
Departure Point: New Quay Marina, Docklands
Duration: 2 or 4 hour self-drive options
Availability: 7 days a week
Fleet: View our available fleet
Food and Beverage: BYO to enjoy or view our food and beverage packages. 24 hours notice required for food and beverage package bookings.


Yarra River Boat hire service
rent boats no licence required
private boats for hire, Docklands Melbourne


Harvey -a Luxury Boat Hire Melbourne

Harvey A – 2 hr Self-Drive Hire for up-to 10 persons

Cruise Melbourne in style aboard one of our signature eco-friendly, intimate luxury fleet

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Eliza Self Drive Hire boat Melbourne

Eliza J – 2 hr Self-Drive Hire for up-to 12 persons

Take a self guided cruise of Melbourne and view our beautiful city from the best angle

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Harvey-A 4 hr Self-Drive Hire Melbourne

Harvey A – 4 hr Self-Drive Hire for up-to 10 persons

View Melbourne from the best angle and explore parts of the Yarra River rarely seen!

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Eliaz-J 4 hr Self-Drive Hire in Melbourne

Eliza J – 4 hr Self-Drive Hire for up-to 12 persons

Celebrate your special occasion in style aboard one of our signature eco-friendly, intimate luxury fleet

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  • Q. Do you need a boat licence to hire and drive?
    Answer :

    No, you do not require to have a boat licence. Our electric boats are very easy and safe to drive.

  • Q. What is the maximum passenger capacity of your boats?
    Answer :

    Harvey A is licensed for a maximum of 10 passengers and Eliza J is licensed for a maximum of 12 passengers

  • Q. Are kids allowed onboard?
    Answer :

    Yes kids are allowed onboard, our boats are very safe and ideal for kids. When booking ensure to let us know the age of children and size so we can ensure that the correct fitting lifejackets are onboard to suit.

  • Q. Can I bring a BBQ onboard?
    Answer :

    Unfortunately we do not allow any form of BBQ or cooking device onboard our boats. If you are keen to have a BBQ there are spots along the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers that have BBQ facilities onshore. Most people will bring cold platters or order from our catering options.

  • Q. I have made a booking for self-drive hire, what happens next?
    Answer :

    You will be sent a confirmation email confirming the booking (please check your junk email) and attached will be our instructions with information regarding the hire.
    You can also download here.

  • Q. Where can I go?
    Answer :

    You can cruise anywhere from just West of Bolte Bridge in Docklands to Walmer Street in Richmond so approximately 10 Nautical miles of water way to enjoy. It will take approximately 2 hrs to cruise from Newquay Marina to Walmer Street Landing.

    View our self-drive hire map here
  • Q. Do I have to pay a security bond when I hire?
    Answer :

    Yes, a $500 bond is taken as a pre-authorization on the credit card that you book with.  The credit card is not charged.  When the boat is returned in the same condition as you received then the pre-authorization is ceased.

  • Q. Can I go fishing and swimming?
    Answer :

    No, we do not allow fishing or swimming (its actually illegal to swim in the Yarra River) to be conducted from our hire boats.

  • Q. Do you have a cancellation policy?
    Answer :

    Yes, our cancellation policy allows for a booking to be changed up-to 7 days prior to the booking date and can be rebooked within a 12 month period.  If a booking is cancelled within 7 days prior to booking, the cancellation will forfeit the booking fee. Please also view our Terms and Conditions for further information.





  • 5 star rating2 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.

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    5 star ratingVery 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 Avatar

    5 star ratingExcellent experience Hired a boat for a self drive cruise down the Yarra. Matt was very professional and provided us with informative instructions. The boat was very well presented, clean easy to operate. A wonderful way for Melbournians and tourists alike to see our beautiful city. Unreservedly recommended.

    GeoffCutt Avatar

    5 star ratingFantastic experience Had a fantastic experience on our 3 hour self drive cruise up the Yarra. Boat was immaculately presented and equipped with all our basic needs for self catering. Was a great way to see our amazing city from a different perspective. Highly recommended.

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  • 5 star ratingAmazing service My friends and I had the best time cruising around the Yarra in this boat. Easy to drive, great amenities. And personally just wanted to thank you for the help in getting us back to the shore when we got stuck. Can’t remember the name of the two employees but honestly so lovely and calm, and handled the situation brilliantly when they arrived. Definitely recommended.

    swatisabitap Avatar

    Absolutely perfect day! Matt & Jordan were super helpful, told us every detail we could possibly need! Super relaxing cruise up the river all the way to the MCG from Docklands. Fridge, toilet & music onboard. Very hard to fault... didn’t want to it to end! Boarding location is between Cargo & Berth Restaurant, took about 10 minutes to go through the paperwork and you’re on your way!

    Michael Avatar

    5 star ratingAmazing fun and affordable day on the Yarra We hired the 10 person boat for 2 hours on Australia Day and our only negative thought was that we didn’t hire it for long enough! We had so much fun and were amazed at how nice the boat was, and so easy to drive. The time went so quickly, we will definitely be back for round 2 and more!

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    Kitty H

    It was excellent experience. The briefing and instruction before boating was excellent. Matt was very pleasant and helpful.

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    Alma Hayes
  • 5 star ratinggreat group activity! Affordable and fun, I've done it twice and reckon it's great. We had cold weather (Melbourne!) but the boat has the option to close the weather out.

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    Trudy H

    5 star ratingFantastic 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

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