Boat tours


Port Open Days - postponed

Port of Melbourne wishes to advise that due to general concerns regarding CoVid-19 we have decided to postpone our port open day boat tours on Sunday 22 March until further notice.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused and we look forward to seeing you at a future time.

Port Open Days

Join us for a closer look at the Port of Melbourne

family looking upon the large container cranes at the port of melbourne open daysPort 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 and returning to Victoria Harbour in Docklands.

Tour dateDeparture pointTour duration (approx.)Departure times
22 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 does a tour 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 2020 Port Open Day tours will be open as follows:

Tour dateBookings open
22 March 202012:00 pm Wednesday, 4 March 2020


If you’d like to join a Port Open Day boat tour, please book at the link below, once bookings are open.

Once you’ve entered your passenger and payment information, you will receive an email confirmation. Please present this on the day to board the vessel.

When bookings open, please book here

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