There are so many different ways you can get out on the water to see your favourite cities, attractions or wildlife in Australia.
From cruises, to kayaking, to boat tours or just the normal ferry – there is something to suit all tastes.
Northern Territory –
The best way to see and appreciate Darwin’s beautiful harbour is to take a cruise upon Darwin Harbour Cruises spectacular catamarans. Enjoy a delicious Territory-style buffet on a sunset cruise or just relax and take in the views.
Get a close up look at saltwater crocodiles and view an amazing variety of bird species on Wetland Cruises. They leave from the closest location to Darwin offering wildlife cruises on the spectacular wetlands. Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands , home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Enjoy viewing plenty of crocodiles plus a huge variety of birds and other local wildlife in their natural environment. The boat design allows you to get up close to the animals!
No cages, no Perspex boxes just the boat and some jumping crocodiles! Aboard Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises, you get a look into the history, wildlife, floodplains and flora, as well as watching the experienced team feeding the wild crocodiles!
New South Wales South Coast –
Embark on an adventure with Cat Balou Cruises in Eden. They offer a range of whale watching cruises, which include a shorter version which is suitable for families with younger children. View the majestic Humpback whales that frequent the waters or see some of the other sea life like, dolphins, fur seals, penguins and more. A complimentary hot soup is served on the cruise too!
Narooma Charters offer Montague Island tours, whale watching, fishing & diving! Enjoy your trip out to see seals, dolphins, penguins and the lighthouse! You can even do a swim-with tour!
At Jervis Bay Wild, jump on board a cruise and see whales, dolphins, and fur seals. You are guaranteed to see at least one of these incredible species.
Australian Capital Territory –
A Lake Burley Griffin Cruise is the best way to see Canberra. On the one hour cruise, you will be able to see the major attractions, providing you with a different perspective of the city.
Western Australia –
Explore Perth, Fremantle and the Swan Valley on the Swan River with Captain Cook Cruises – Perth’s premier cruising company. Cruise the Swan River between Perth and the port city of Fremantle on one of the daily cruises! Stay onboard and enjoy the scenic experience or jump off in Fremantle and take the time to explore the eclectic and artsy city at your own leisure.
Sealink Rottnest Island operates daily passenger services from Fremantle and Perth to Rottnest Island. Jump aboard the ironically named Quokka 1 and Quokka 2!
Visit Rottnest Island aboard Rottnest Express – setting sail from three locations in Fremantle and central Perth. Not just a ferry service, the drivers provide guided commentary and no one knows Rotto like them!
If you are commuting from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula or looking to go on a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula, there is a range of ferries running from Melbourne CBD that. Port Phillip Ferries and Searoad Ferries run different routes throughout the day and run 365 days a year!
Discover Melbourne from a whole new perspective aboard Melbourne River Cruises. Meander past Melbourne CBD and discover one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern hemisphere – Victoria Docks will give you a snapshot of the rich maritime heritage. Or, take a cruise through Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct, picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of the famous sporting arenas. Another great cruising option is the Williamstown Ferry. This hop on/hop off ferry option gives you the option to get off in Williamstown and take the next ferry back to Melbourne, or vice versa.
Take an environmentally accredited boat tour upon Wildlife Coast Cruises. Providing unique wildlife experiences and stunning scenic cruises Phillip Island & Wilsons Promontory. See Australia’s largest fur seal colony on the Seal Watching Cruise, jump aboard the Twilight Cruise and see a naval submarine wreck whilst learning about the history and watching the sunset or experience an encounter with Humpback and Southern Right whales. Or, in Wilsons Promontory, discover hidden coves and untouched islands, as well as a range of marine life.
Sit back and relax and experience boating on Lake Mulwala in Yarrawonga aboard PS Cumberoona Paddlesteamer. Enjoy refreshments, or take a lunch cruise package, taking in the sights of the lake whilst listening to the paddle wheels slapping the water.
Echuca has a rich paddlesteamer history. Take a trip upon Murray River Cruises or Echuca Paddlesteamers. Once the main transport of cargo and passengers, the paddlesteamers have now been restored for public use. The sound of the wheels and the shrill whistle will take you back to a time from long, long ago.
Probably the most famous Ferry is the one to get to Tasmania from Melbourne – Spirit of Tasmania. Sail across the Bass Strait on a day or night ferry and get over to Tasmania with your car or just as a passenger!
Travel with SeaLink to Bruny Island and discover the fresh produce and spectacular views on the Island. The efficient ferry services offers in excess of 20 departures to the island per day during summer and is a 15-20 minute schedule.
View the majestic Gordon River aboard World Heritage Cruises or Gordon River Cruises. Located in Strahan, take a cruise and see Hells Gates, Salmon farms, Sarah Island, Gordon River heritage landing board walk and the Huon Pine sawmill. Lunch is included too.
Explore the beautiful Tamar River on Tamar River Cruises in Launceston. The Tamar River is Australia’s longest navigable tidal estuary. Listen to informative commentary whilst taking in the views, sampling local produce and go up to the spectacular Cataract Gorge.
Bicheno’s Glass Bottom Boat on the beautiful east Coast is an ecotourism experience providing visitors an opportunity to participate in marine sightseeing, including a running commentary on marine wildlife and general characteristics & history of the local area.
If you are looking for a faster paced boating experience, Huon Jet fits the bill. Enjoy the thrill of a Jet Boat ride on one of Tasmania’s most scenic rivers. It is Australia’s only white water jet boat adventure!