Port of Melbourne Boat Tours
Architect: Coode Canal, 1886. Appleton Dock, 1939. Swanson Docl 1968
Docklands | D05
The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container and general cargo port and a vital trade gateway whether sending Australian grain to Guangzhou or bringing us coffee from Colombia.
Handling around 36% of the nation’s container trade, over 3,100 ships call at the Port of Melbourne each year. Situated at the north of Port Phillip Bay, the port is serviced by more than 100 nautical miles of shipping channels and fairways between the Port Phillip Heads and the berths on the Yarra River, at Williamstown and Station Pier, Port Melbourne.
The three main docks are Swanson, Appleton and Victoria with Swanson Dock being Australia’s busiest international shipping container terminal, handling 2.5 million TEU (twenty-foot foot containers or their equivalent unit) and is perhaps the most recognisable port facility.
Appleton Dock, built on the site of the old course of the Yarra, is located just west of the Bolte Bridge next to the Swanson Dock East container terminal. Appleton Dock comprises five berths and is 980 metres long. Victoria Dock was opened in 1893 and by 1908 it was handling 90% of Victoria’s imports. In 1914 its capacity was enlarged by the addition of a central pier, and in 1925 the entrance was widened. Victoria Dock is a common user facility for general cargo and a value-added logistics park including warehousing facilities.
Need to Know
Open: Saturday 10am-4pm
Special Note: Expect Queues.
Frequency Of Tours: Tours will run every hour with 230 people per boat. Last tour at 3pm. Queue Victoria Harbour in Docklands end of Merchant St.
Building Type: Transport Hub
Facilities: Pram access
Tram Stops: Stop D18: Bourke St/Collins St on routes 11, 48
Water Plaza, Victoria Harbour , Docklands VIC 3008