Melbourne Boat Hire

Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours

Melbourne Boat Hire is the best choice for intimate, eco-friendly self-drive hire boats and luxury skippered boat cruises on Melbourne’s iconic Yarra River and surrounds.

Melbourne Boat Hire offers a unique, intimate cruise experience with a difference. Cruise the beautiful Yarra River, the social heart of Melbourne, in the comfort of your own luxury vessel with the option of catering with exquisite food and beverage dining packages.

For those looking for a self-drive hire option, Melbourne Boat Hire offer self-drive cruises onboard the luxury hire vessels. Self-drive hire is a great option for people of all abilities as no boat licenses are required.

Experience Melbourne Boat Hire today. Prepare to be amazed



Spoil yourself and take advantage of the knowledge and experience of a local expert with your own private luxury cruise chartered by your own private Skipper.

Departing from Docklands, kick your heels off and indulge all of your senses with the beauty of the surrounds of the Yarra River on-board one of Melbourne Boat Hire’s premium luxury vessels, all electric powered to ensure a quiet and peaceful cruising experience.

Includes a cheese platter and your choice from a bottle of Premium Australian Sparkling, Shiraz, Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Additional beverages available for purchase on board.

Pick-up and drop-off at Docklands New Quay floating landing.

Available times: 5:00pm to 6:30pm or 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

No minimum numbers – but a maximum of six persons. Experience Melbourne like never before.

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From $299 to $629

Cruise Melbourne in style aboard one of Melbourne Boat Hire’s signature eco-friendly, intimate luxury fleet.

The self-drive cruise packages offer you the ability to cruise the Yarra onboard one of Melbourne Boat Hire’s 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, this cruise will give you a unique perspective on this beautiful city.

Dazzle your guests and upgrade your package with a food and beverage package to make your cruise complete with no fuss. Or pack a picnic and stop at the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a barbecue on the banks of the Yarra River or Herring Island or dine at one of the many restaurants along the River – the options are endless.

Capacity: 10 to 12 passengers maximum. Departure Point: New Quay Marina, Docklands. Duration: two to four hour self-drive options.

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Take your next function or private boat charter to the next level and treat your clients, staff or guests to a luxury, privately chartered boat cruise along Melbourne’s waterways. Melbourne Boat Hire’s signature private charter vessel, Birrarung, is the perfect venue to showcase the City of Melbourne and leave a lasting impression on your clients, staff or guests.

Let your hosts take care of your hassles and cater a perfect cruise for you, with the option to be tailored specific to suit your needs and budget and the option for food and beverage packages, your cruise will be sure to be a memorable one.

The perfect private boat charter experience for celebrations, hens parties, social gatherings, weddings, meetings, transfers to major sporting events including Australian Open Tennis or to the MCG, product launches or staff team building days.

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Trying to plan your perfect, romantic marriage proposal? Not sure where to begin or how to bring all your ideas together? Taking your loved one on a surprise private Yarra River cruise is the ultimate, with unbeatable views of Melbourne city from the comfort of your very own private boat.

Melbourne Boat Hire have numerous proposal packages available to suit your needs. Not only will you totally surprise your future fiancée, your marriage proposal will go beyond their wildest dreams.

Please contact Melbourne Boat Hire to discuss your perfect proposal.

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Melbourne Boat Hire know how stressful it is to queue up at the train stations and the congestion of the roads. So, how about travelling in a little style to the Flemington Racecourse.

Come onboard your own private hired boat. As you sip chilled champagne, look out at the beauty the Yarra River offers whilst nibbling on some delectable canapes or treats.

Before you know it, you will arrive at your destination in style and ready to cheer on.

And do not forget to book your return trip with us to complete your Spring Racing Fever.

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Treat your loved one to a romantic private cruise along the Yarra River this Valentine’s Day with a private skippered cruise for just you and your partner.

Sit back relax and enjoy the view, cruising down the Yarra River via boat is one of the most romantic and tranquil ways to explore the many sights and sounds of the vibrant city of Melbourne.

Also enjoy wine and cheese included in your private luxury cruise.

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View Melbourne from a perspective that most do not get to enjoy and take a relaxing cruise around Melbourne’s waterways. Take in the sights of Docklands, the commercial port with large container ships, Melbourne city, historical bridges.

Melbourne Boat Hire’s experienced local photographer, Benjamin Eriksson is on hand to offer advice and encouragement to everybody’s needs and welcomes any questions, whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced.

This photography cruise is ideal for the beginner photographer through to the advanced photographer. This cruise offers everyone a different perspective and something a little different from your everyday.

Onboard you are treated to a complimentary coffee or tea on the sunrise cruise, or a beer, wine or soft drink on the midday and sunset cruises. Enjoy a pastry snack on the sunrise cruise and cheese platter on the sunset cruise for everyone to enjoy.

While a big, colourful sunrise or sunset cannot be guaranteed, Melbourne Boat Hire do get their fair share of amazingly colourful skies – and being on the water, the reflections can be stunning on calm mornings or evenings.

Like no other cruise, you will actually stop and be given time to capture Melbourne’s magnificent views.

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A private dinner cruise is a Melbourne must do; imagine cruising down the Yarra River on your private luxury boat enjoying a 3-course dinner and drink on board with your loved one.

Enjoy one of Melbourne’s unique dining experiences with a delicious 3-course meal on board a luxurious electric boat that is private for just you and your partner.

There is simply no better way to indulge in a gourmet dining experience, surrounded by the vibrancy of this world-class culinary city while cruising on a luxury boat.

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Family Friendly Non Smoking

From $1760 to $3500

Elevate your next function with an exceptional level of luxury by treating your clients, staff, or guests to an exclusive and privately chartered boat cruise along the scenic waterways of Melbourne. Lady M provides a remarkable setting to showcase the beautiful City of Melbourne and leave an unforgettable impression on your esteemed guests on the Yarra River.

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