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Port of Melbourne Boat Tours

Docklands | D05

Melbourne’s port 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 3,000 ships call at the port each year. Open House Melbourne boat tours visit the three main docks in the northern part of the port: Swanson Dock, Appleton Dock, and Victoria Dock. Swanson Dock is Australia’s busiest international shipping container terminal, handling 2.6 million TEU (twenty-foot containers or their equivalent unit). 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. It comprises five berths and is 980m 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.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sun 10am - 3pm

  • Expect Queues: Yes

  • Special Note: There are some restricted areas. Will be advised by staff at the start of each tour. Standard wheelchair (non motorised) ok. Boarding ramp in place, may be steep depending on tide.

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

  • Tour Details: 6 tours per day. 45 minute boat tour, 240 people per tour. Tours depart hourly, first tour at 10 am, last tour at 3pm Boat tours depart from Water Plaza Victoria Harbour, Docklands and pass Victoria Dock, Appleton Dock, Swanson Dock and the decommissioned harbour control tower on North Wharf. Tours include a guided commentary from Port of Melbourne staff.

  • Building Type: Transport

  • Age Restrictions: Parental supervision required

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets

  • Year Built: 1886

  • Tram Stops: Stop D18: Bourke St/Collins St on routes 11 and 48.

  • Photo Credit: Port of Melbourne


Water Plaza, Victoria Harbour Docklands 3008, VIC


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