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Port of Melbourne Boat Tours


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. 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. It handles around 35 percent of the nation’s container trade, with around 3,000 ships calling at the port each year.

What's On

Port of Melbourne tours give rare viewing access to the operations of Australia’s largest container port. Seeing the port from the water allows visitors to see first hand the workings of the port, getting up close and personal with container ships, cranes and port infrastructure.

Children’s activities

Children are welcome but must be closely supervised. Limited children’s activities may be available on the day.

Images: (1) Swanson Dock with city skyline in the background. (2) Port of Melbourne boat tour. (3) Swanson Dock East and West. (4) Aerial of container vessel. All photos: Port of Melbourne

Important Details

Time & Date

Saturday 30 + Sunday 31 July
Tours run 10am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm (please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour time).
Running for 90 minutes in groups of 150 people (subject to COVID protocols). Duration is subject to weather conditions, and making way for commercial vessels if required. Allow up to 30 minutes for boarding and disembarking.
Bookings required.

This event is booked out. Sign up to the waitlist through the booking link below. 

Meet on the wharf at Victoria Harbour - look for the Port of Melbourne banners and the Magic Charter Kingfisher II catamaran.

This is an all weather event but it can be cold and windy on the water. Comfortable shoes and a warm jacket are recommended. If you suffer from motion sickness it is recommended you take precautions prior to boarding as conditions can be choppy.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Partially wheelchair accessible


55 Harbour Promenade, Victoria Harbour, Docklands 3008


Port of Melbourne staff



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