2-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire On The Yarra River - Melbourne

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Departure Time :
    From 10am to 6pm
  • Departure Details :
    45 Newquay Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Hop aboard the Harvey A private vessel and self-drive with up to 10-people down the Yarra river. With no boat license required, choose between a morning, lunch or afternoon departure as you take in some of Melbourne's iconic attractions. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city you'll see popular attractions such as the Botanical Gardens, Herring Island Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Southbank, Federation square and Docklands.


Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Romantic experience, perfect for couples

Perfect for all ages and skill level

Multiple times offered throughout the day

Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

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Take a luxury self-drive boat perfect for an intimate cruise with your loved one or alternatively a small corporate function or social gathering.

Licensed to seat up to 10 passengers, the Harvey A offers a private, luxury cruising experience designed to create a feeling of ownership of your vessel for the duration of your cruise. Harvey A is a fully electric powered vessel meaning a quieter cruise for you and your guests with no fumes or emissions with the option of a fully enclosed cabin should Melbourne turn on inclement weather.

With no license required and a self-drive hire option available, the Harvey A can be yours for a morning, lunch or afternoon cruise.

Take in Melbournes feature landmarks from a completely new perspective away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets such as the Botanical Gardens, Herring Island Park, the Melbourne cricket ground, Southbank, Federation square and Docklands as well as the Yarra surrounds of jetties, parks and its breathtaking riverside beauty.

The Harvey A offers everything you need to enjoy a day or evening on the water.



Stereo with AV jack input

Champagne buckets

Glasses and cutlery

Table clothes

Laminated Map


Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 21 years

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infants must sit on laps

Most travelers can participate

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  • 07-Apr-2022

    What an amazing experience! We had booked a boat for 12 but only 6 people ended up coming which meant lots of space. We packed our own lunch and it was a blast, there was Bluetooth to play music. Husband said the self drive was quite easy and it's very slow so never felt like we were in danger. We would definitely do again. Finding the dock can be quite tricky but it's right between 2 restaurants so walk straight down. Highly recommended!

  • 12-Mar-2022

    For mum’s birthday our children prepared surprise - booked this boat on Friday afternoon. Weather was very good- not hot and not cold, completely suitable for this activity. We decorated boat and broth a food . Two hour on the river were great . Service was exceptionally good.

  • 22-May-2021

    Our group of 9 had a great time on this 2 hour self guided Yarra River Cruise. It was very well organised, with professional and friendly staff (thanks Matt). The boat was presented in very clean condition and there was a canopy to protect us from the wind. It was very relaxing a great way to see Melbourne city and docklands from a different perspective. I can highly recommended this excursion and company to follow Melbourne locals or visitors. Thank you.

  • 23-Dec-2020

    Thanks to Matt and Eliza for answering all my questions in the lead up to the event, and to Chris on the night for explaining everything. We did a self drive tour and the boat was very easy to drive. We brought our own alcohol, but ordered platters. Even though it rained a bit we did not get wet as the covers were pulled down. Overall, my wife and friends enjoyed her 50th Birthday and I would highly recommend Melbourne Boat Hire and the Eliza J

  • 05-Jul-2020

    Fantastic way to see Melbourne from a different perspective! Matt was very professional and the boat was very nice and well presented. We did a self drive tour (very simple to operate) with the family, but now im thinking id like to go again with some mates... might try the cheese and wine tour! Very highly recommended!

  • 27-Jan-2020

    Recommended this company and activity from a friend, did the 4 hour trip which gives you enough time for a picnic at Herring Island Instructions very clear , training great, boat in great condition , will and have recommended to further friends!

  • 29-Jan-2019

    We hired the 10 seater electric boat and had 6 people on board, so we had plenty of space to relax and take in the views of Melbourne. 2 Hours was sufficient time to go down the Yarra and turn near the Nylex clock, for our return journey. Going past Southbank and the Casino, was a wonderful experience. The boat has a small fridge and glasses on board. Bring your own ice for the ice bucket and you are set. Easy to drive, quiet and no boar fumes. A great day was had by all onboard.

  • 17-Dec-2018

    Took the family out on one of their wonderful modern 10 man electric blue boats, we were out for two hours (go for more!) and got to pass through the CBD then motored to quiet picnic spots / botanical gardens. Wonderful manoeuvrable boat, beautiful pictures! Excellent day out, highly highly recommended. There was even a fridge onboard and an awesome sound system!!!

  • 26-Dec-2017

    We had a lovely 2 hours on the water, seeing Melbourne from a different perspective. Able to enjoy a glass of wine and a couple of platters in our afternoon 'cruise' before heading out for a meal in the evening. The boats are beautiful, comfortable and easy to drive. (It is a boat and you still need to be careful, but we found it very easy). Good instruction and courteous staff sent us on our way. Definitely looking forward to doing this again.

  • 08-Dec-2017

    We hired The Harvey self drive for my birthday in November for a 3 hour adventure. This amount of time was perfect. We were able to go as far down river as Herring Island and return.There were 9 family members and we brought our own platters to share as well as our own drinks. The sun shone, the day was calm, the company the best and the scenery was beautiful. So much so we forgot to pipe our music in through the in built speakers for the 1st half of trip. Nice amount of space for 9ppl to share. Complimentary Champagne Bucket, glasses and plates as well as crisp white linen tablecloths, dropdown sides should the weather change and wonderful service from staff with meet n greet at handover to handover at end. Highly recommend this for that special thing to do with those you love.

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