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Port of Melbourne Boat Tours

Docklands | D04

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 3100 ships call at the port each year. Located at the north of Port Phillip Bay, it 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). 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, 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.

Need to Know

  • Open: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

  • Expect Queues: Yes

  • What's Open: NA

  • 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

  • Facilities: Pram access, Toilets, Food and beverage available

  • Year Built: 1886

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


Water Plaza, Victoria Harbour Docklands 3008, VIC


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