Boat tours

family looking upon the large container cranes at the port of melbourne open days

Port Open Days

Join us for a closer look at the Port of Melbourne

Port Open Day tours are fun, family-friendly events and the best way to see Australia’s busiest port, right on the city’s doorstep.

Featuring a guided commentary from port staff, you’ll see Australia’s busiest port from a whole new angle.

What port facilities will I see?

Tours depart from Victoria Harbour in Docklands, and include Victoria Dock and Appleton Dock, the port’s more historic facilities, before visiting the container terminals at Swanson Dock.

PLEASE NOTE: While every effort will be made to adhere to advertised tour routes, these may be changed without notice due to vessel traffic considerations on a given tour day.

When and where do Port Open Day tours depart?

Port Open Day boat tours run on Sundays during the warmer months. All tours are round-trips, leaving from Victoria Harbour in Docklands, as follows:

Tour dateDeparture pointTour destination
Departure times
24 November 2019Victoria Harbour40 minutes10 am; 11 am; 12 pm; 1 pm; 2 pm;
23 February 2020Victoria Harbour40 minutes10 am; 11 am; 12 pm; 1 pm; 2 pm;
29 March 2020Victoria Harbour40 minutes10 am; 11 am; 12 pm; 1 pm; 2 pm;

Port of Melbourne will also participate in Open House Melbourne 2020. Offering FREE boat tours departing from Victoria Harbour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. Find out more information here.

How much do tours cost?

There is a $5.50 (includes GST) charge per passenger for all tours, plus a $1.20 booking fee per ticket.

How do I book?

Bookings open 2 -3 weeks prior to each tour day, and we are unable to take advance bookings ahead of the dates listed below.

Bookings for 2019-20 Port Open Day tours will be open as follows:

Tour dateBookings open
24 November 20199:00am Wednesday, 6 November 2019
23 February 20209:00am Wednesday, 5 February 2020
29 March 20209:00am Wednesday, 4 March 2020

If you’d like to join a Port Open Day boat tour, you can book through our online booking form, once bookings are open.

Once you’ve entered your passenger and payment information, you will receive an email confirmation.

When bookings open, book via this link, on our online form

We’ll see you on board!

View Booking Terms and Conditions (PDF)


Can I pay on the day?

Unfortunately we cannot accept payment on the day of your tour. All bookings require pre-payment via credit card, through the secure payment portal attached to our online booking form.

Can I get a refund if I can’t make it to a tour?

Except in circumstances where a tour is cancelled by Port of Melbourne, all tours are non-refundable. In the unlikely event that Port of Melbourne cancels a tour, a full refund (excluding booking fee) will be returned to your nominated credit card.

Can I book over the phone?

Unfortunately we cannot process bookings and payment over the phone. If you would like to join a tour, please use our online booking form, once bookings are open.

Can I bring children?

Yes, children are welcome to join a Port Open Day tour, as long as they are supervised by an adult. Kids love looking at the cranes and the tug boats, so definitely bring them along! The tour boat can accommodate prams and pushers too.

For more information Tel: +61 3 9683 1565