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Ferries, Water Taxis and Punts Around Melbourne

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
Always on the hunt for creative, fun, and interesting places, events, and experiences.
Published May 18th 2018
Ferries, Water Taxis, and Punts galore
Sydney may have the harbour, but we have a beautiful bay and winding rivers.

Here's a dozen ways to get around on the water.


Williamstown Ferry departs from Southgate and passes though Southbank, Docklands, and the port to head under the Westgate Bridge to the River Entrance and on to Williamstown. More details available here.

Ferry Yarra Melbourne
Ferries on the Yarra River. Credits: Wikipedia, User - Jjron

St Kilda Ferry operates between St Kilda and Williamstown. More detail available here.

Portarlington Ferry travels to the Docklands. More detail available here

Queenscliff Ferry travels to Sorrento. More details available here.

Stony Point Ferry travels to Phillip and French Island across Westernport Bay. More detail available here.

Spirit of Tasmania departs from Melbourne and more details available here.

Spirit Tasmania Ferry
Spirit of Tasmania on the Bay, Credits: Wikipedia, User - Kluft

Yarra River cruises offer a series of cruises through the port and along the Yarra gardens. More details available here.

Maribyrnong River cruises explore Melbourne's other favourite waterway. More details available here.

Water Taxis

Melbourne water taxis go to places such as the Dockland, Southgate, and Federation Square. More details available here.


The Botanical Gardens Punt is a unique and romantic way to cross the small lake in the gardens. More details available here.

Westgate Punt is for cyclists who want to pass under the bridge with their bike. More details available here.

Herring Island Punt leads you to a small nature reserve and gallery in the Yarra. More details available here.

Herring Island Ferry Yarra
Herring Island Punt. Credits: Wikipedia, User: GailLeenstra

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Why? Better to glide through the sea, than be stuck in gridlock.
Where: Across Melbourne and surrounds
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