Self Drive Boat Hire

yarra river cruise

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 – 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 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 for up-to 10 persons

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

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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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Do you have shade and protection from weather?

Yes, all out boats have roofs to provide shade from sun or protection from rain. Also have clear windows that can either be up or down to allow for all year round cruising no matter if hot or cold and raining.

Do you need a boat licence to hire and drive?

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

What is the maximum passenger capacity of your boats?

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

Are kids allowed onboard?

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.

Can I bring a BBQ onboard?

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.

I have made a booking for self-drive hire, what happens next?

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.

What happens if I return the boat early?

Unfortunately we cannot refund the hire fee if you decide to return the boat back earlier.

Where can I go?

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
Do I have to pay a security bond when I hire?

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.

What if I return the boat late?

To ensure others can enjoy our boats also, if you return late then you will be charged $50 per 15 minutes late. Please refer to put Terms and Conditions for further information.


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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!

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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.

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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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