Melbourne Charter and Party Boats

    When it comes to party boat hire in Melbourne there’s an undiscovered range of options sure to suit any occasion. Ask any Australian what they think of when they think of Melbourne, among the answers will be cafes, restaurants, trams, the MCG, the Great Ocean Drive, The AFL, Greeks, Crown and more. Unbeknownst to most, a fleet of commercial charter boats is a hiding right in the middle of the countries fastest growing city. The vessels are the gateway to Melbourne’s vast waterways. From the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers to Port Phillip Bay and for any occasion there is a Charter boat perfect for any event, large or small. From Party Boats for birthdays, hens and bucks celebrations to purpose built river cruises designed to explore the rivers.

    Nestled close to the heart of the city and surrounded by architectural masterpieces and the Emirates Stadium, Melbourne’s charter boat fleet calls Docklands home. Walking distance from the city, bus and train terminals, Docklands is easily accessed no matter where you are coming from. The Port Phillip Ferry Terminal is also located in the same harbour and Crown Casino a short walk to the South East.

    Each charter boat has a unique story to tell. From near and far, they each have their own charm and history and how they came to call Melbourne their home port. The community of operators all work hard to offer customers great value and memorable experiences. Prices are often as low as a hundred dollars a head including food and beverages which lets face it, you would spend that per head at most bars or venues without the luxury of cruising the waterways.

    We have put together the following list of Charter Boats operating in the Melbourne waterways. Please enjoy the read and let us know if we have missed any out or any other feed back you feel may be useful. We are very happy to add further boats, details or images .

     

    “The Oriental Queen”

    This 57 foot vessel was originally built in Hong Kong as an exclusive gentlemen’s club. She was built entirely of teak and has since been renovated with rich timbers and luxurious fabrics. Previously the vessel operated as a cooking school! The Oriental Queen can hold up to 60 of your guests for any kind of event imaginable. Impress your guests, colleagues or clients with the Queen’s luxurious space and comfort and allow the team to tailor your event to fit your needs perfectly.  In the past the Queen has hosted a wide range of events from baby showers to laser pigeon shooting so no idea you may have is out of reach!

    The Oriental Queen has an experienced skipper and professional crew on board to ensure your day is safe and goes smoothly. There is also a commercial grade kitchen on board so the meals are always top quality served with drinks by friendly on board staff.

    Catering on the Queen is always provided by either Zouki or Marcus Neilson and is extremely professional. There are four options available; 140 piece Finger Food, 180 piece Gourmet Canapés and a waiter, create your own bespoke menu with the chefs or provide your own food! Another way your cruise on the Oriental Queen can be customised to meet your needs and provide you with a unique, bespoke event.

    Whether you want to charter a boat for your hens party, a birthday party, special anniversary, bucks party, wedding reception, corporate event or you just want to see the city in style the team at the oriental Queen can arrange everything for you down to the flowers and decorations. Leave the details to the team so you can kick back, relax and enjoy the party on this stunning boat.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Lady Cutler”

    Lady Cutler was originally a Sydney Harbour Ferry, she travelled daily from North Shore, Rose Bay, Double Bay to Circular Quay for 22 years before she was decommissioned and moored in Rozelle Bay in 1991. In 1998 she was sold to Melbourne’s Shannon Harper and started the move south from Sydney.  She was refurbished from 1998-2007 by a few different owners before being recommissioned by Lady Joan Cutler in 2008 in Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne.

    Today Lady Cutler is a Showboat in her ninth year of cruising. She has hosted over 1200 events and accommodated 500,000 people cruising Melbourne’s rivers and bays.

    The Showboat is famed for hosting a range of “on the water experiences” and as sponsors of Melbourne’s live music and arts industry there is always something exciting happening on board.

    Melbourne’s Blues Cruise allows you to enjoy the best of Melbourne’s local Blues Music while experiencing a unique harbour cruise. 4 hours cruise through Melbourne’s iconic waterways with two Blues acts with a DJ, fully stocked bar and food on board!

    Burlesque Showboat is a fun filled evening of live entertainment and food with a “delightfully decadent”, intimate and slightly naughty atmosphere.  The 3.5 hours cruise include a cabaret and comedy show, a DJ, complimentary champagne on arrival, drinks specials and canapés served throughout the night. Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, 1920’s Gangsters and Flappers have all been themes!

    The I Love 80s- Dress Up Boat Party includes 2 dance floors and 2 DJs, fully stocked licensed bar and food sold on board!  The party is held once every two months but get in fast as tickets always sell out! Get those leg warmers and sweatbands at the ready!

    Lady Cutler also made it into the Venue Mob Top Ten Engagement Party Venues 2017.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “Calypso Lady”

    The Calypso Lady is a 21 meter vessel, she has a fully licensed bar, a juke box and disco lighting with dance floor area as well as a sit down function area. She also has a large area at the front outdoors to catch some rays and an upstairs open viewing platform. The Calypso Lady can hold up to 120 passengers and is available for a wide range of events.

    Host your friends Hens or Bucks party on board, cruise the waterways with spectacular views of the city take advantage of the licensed bar and dance floor. Why not organise a University social event on board the Calypso Lady, enjoy the views and get to know the city a little better. The vessel also offers 1 or 2 hour cruises for school groups, award top pupils with a day out on the water at the end of the school year or as an educational field trip!

    Opt for an educational scenic cruise to learn more about and see more of Melbourne. Pass the Etihad stadium, the multimillion dollar apartments in the Docklands, the Bolte bridge, Swanson Dock, the Historic Seaport of Williamson and the Westgate Bridge. Include a historic commentary and a pick-up and drop off at the Science works pier. You can even add in a tea party to this option for a day of fun learning, sightseeing and yummy food!

     

     

    “Victoria Star”

    The 38 meter vessel was built in 1970, to be a harbour ferries. She was originally called Lady McKell after the wife of former Governor General of Australia Sir William McKell. Three time winner of the great ferry race Lady McKell served for a quarter of century, after which she was supposed to be auctioned off to work in Hong Kong but this fell through and she was abandoned in Rozelle Bay until she was sold to Captain Leigh Doeg in 1998. Captain Leigh Doeg moved her to Melbourne and transformed her into a luxury hospitality cruise ship. The dramatic transformation included installing a bar and all new modern amenities. She was renamed Victoria Star and entered Melbourne service on Friday 3rd December 1999. She has gone on to entertain over 20,000 guests annually since.

    Why not have your wedding reception on board the Victoria Star? The vessel offers a magical unique experience for you and your guests and an unbeatable backdrop for your photographs. The vessel can hold up to 120 guests for formal dining or 300 for finger food! There’s also the option between proving your own caterers or having their own award winning caterer Advanced Catering Concepts.

    The Victoria Star will also host up to 350 guests for birthdays, private parties, school formals, anniversary parties, corporate events or Christmas parties! The vessels has two large decks which can be altered to have two dance floors with a bar on each level or one dance level and one level for a more laid back lounge area, allowing you to create your own personalised setting that suits your party’s wants and needs perfectly!

     

     

    “Grower”

    Cruise the Yarra River, Maribynong River, Docklands and to Williamstown on the oldest vessel currently operating on Melbourne’s waterways. She was built in 1924 for the Kincumber Grower’s corporation Co. Ltd and her original design and style have been “delightfully preserved” including her Kauri, Douglas Fir and Laid hardwood decks. Discover her history and the roll she played in shaping “the world’s most liveable city” while cruising and listening to the Captains commentary. A perfect way to experience past Melbourne and modern Melbourne. Her open plan design allows for up to 43 passengers and her outside and inside areas make her perfect for all weather conditions.

    You can board the Grower on her daily scenic cruises leaving from berth 4 Southgate, get your tickets on board and enjoy a one hour or a half an hour cruise. Longer trips are available upon request!

    Enjoy a private charter day or night with up to 30 guests and head up to Dights Falls or down into the port with a BBQ on board! Or host your special event on board- Melbourne Cup Carnival, New Year’s Eve, 21st Birthdays, hens & bucks, kid’s parties or pre-dinner drinks.

    The Grower is a perfect day out for families as your little one can go see the Captain and even steer the ferry! Afterwards they will be awarded with a certificate to verify that they served as a Helmsman of the MV Grower.

     

     

     

     

    “Quest 3”

    The 24meter vessel is moored at Central Pier in Melbourne’s Docklands and is the newest super yacht in the pack! She boasts 6 cabins and 6 bathrooms spread over 3 levels, sleeping 8 for overnight stays. The luxury motor yacht is available for private or commercial charters, host your corporate event or executive workshop on board with up to 48 guests. Impress your guests with the extended dive deck ideal for a day of water-sports or for just catching some rays. Since Quest 3 is ocean going and has a fuel range that includes Tasmania and the East coast of Australia it is ideal for visiting the Barrier Reef and enjoying long periods at sea.

    Quest 3’s Skipper, Andrew, has been in the business in Melbourne for 35 years, born and bred on Port Phillip Bay and environs. He has Master 4 and MED2 endorsements, top qualifications for the Melbourne luxury chart boat industry. The chef Heidi puts on spectacular menus for your events, she is a very aspiring creative talent. Heidi can speak Mandarin, Thai and English! Your hosts Sally and Bill actually own the boat so you can be sure you will be treated like royalty as they strive to become Melbourne’s top luxury cruise experience.

    Quest 3 is available for Funeral Cruises, say a goodbye to your loved one and scatter their ashes at sea, healing you and returning them to nature. You can also hold you wedding ceremony and reception on board, the crew assuring you a perfect day as stress free as possible. View the Docklands free Friday night fireworks throughout July and August from the yacht, best view in the city! Or go fishing on Quest 3! She is kitted out with all the equipment you need, a live bait tank and a shower!

     

     

     

     

    “Port Phillip Ferries”

    The 35 metre EnviroCat is a privately run passenger ferry service that runs between Port Arlington on the Bellarine Peninsula and Victoria Harbour Docklands. She operates 7 days a week, catering for the daily commuters and the explorers with 300 seats on the lower deck and 100 seats on the upper. You can also stand on the back deck to get some awesome pictures of the Melbourne skyline. The eco-friendly vessel has a lower fuel usage per passenger than a small four-cylinder car and no water-borne emissions. She also protects local marine life as her hull are designed for low wash, very shallow draft and no external protrusions. You are sure to experience a comfortable ride as the high efficiency Kamewa water jets in combination with a Humphree interceptor system provide excellent manoeuvrability. 

    Port Phillip Ferry is the best way to get to events in Port Arlington such as Australia’s premier Celtic Festival in June and July! Loads of free entertainment and markets, fun for all the family!

    Also in June is the Animal Extravaganza in Docklands! Animal character live shows, meet & greets, farm pets, creative craft in the farm workshops, face-painting and much more! Take the kids on the ferry and make a day of it!

    Winter cooking classes at Terindah Estate are a great excuse for a grown-ups date night! Hop on the ferry and head over for a night for fun, food and drink. The relaxed and informal setting is perfect for food lovers of all cooking abilities. Learn how to make dishes you can repeat at home from qualified Chefs and enjoy tasting them with matching wines on the evening.

     

     

    “The Pearl”

    This super yacht is so cool that it recently hosted the one and only Justin Beiber while he was on tour in Melbourne! The 80 foot vessel boasts 3 levels of European luxury suitable for 10 to 67 guests. In 2011 The Pearl had a massive refurbishment created by the famous designer Paul Hecker, she is now the envy of all the vessels in Melbourne, unrivalled sleek and contemporary luxury. She offers formal dining on a banquet table for up to 20 guests or a cocktail party for up to 67. The Pearl’s extensive luxury facilities include air-conditioning, stereo system, WiFi, and an HD TV with Foxtel. There are four appointed cabins each with their own marble ensuite, air-conditioning and HD TVs.

    Take advantage of the WiFi and Foxtel and host a sporting event viewing party on board, Australian Tennis Open or AFL, experience all the action with the beautiful Melbourne skyline as your backdrop.

    Get married on The Pearl in Melbourne’s romantic and exciting waterways. A sky deck ceremony and bridal waltz for your guests followed by award winning catering, they will be spoiled with fabulous food and wine with incredible views of the city.

    The Pearl is also perfect for corporate events. Product launches, staff incentive rewards, entertaining clients, what a way to impress! Exquisite food and wine with entertainment of your choice. You work hard and deserve the luxury!

    Charter The Pearl to celebrate a special anniversary, overnight stay in the city or a romantic weekend away. If you are after relaxation or adventure The Pearl has you covered with a personal chef, steward and Captain on board your every need can be met. Begin with oysters and cocktails as you board, set off through the Docklands, see the 24/7 lights and excitement of Swanson and Webb Docks. Head down to Williamson under the Bolte bridge then out to Fawkner Beacon and see the skyline in all its glory before the mansions and beaches of Brighton to St. Kilda.

    Options are unlimited on The Pearl and they can arrange everything to make your event or trip something really special.

     

     

     

    “Kingfisher 2”

    Cruise along the Yarra and Port Phillip Bay on the spacious and deluxe Kingfisher 2. The catamaran is fully licenced and catered perfect for relaxing, socialising or entertaining guests. She boasts spacious indoor and outdoor areas, air conditioning, PA system, TV screens, Surround Sound and BluRay system. Kingfisher 2 is extremely versatile and can host private parties, wedding receptions, Christmas parties or just a simple lunch cruise with friends and family.

    Once a month the Kingfisher 2 hosts “High Tea in the Sea”, a very popular event that often sells out. Enjoy morning or afternoon tea while you cruising Victoria Harbour down to Williamstown and Hobson Bay. Complimentary Australian Sparkling is served with hot savoury canapés and gourmet sandwiches and rolls. Then its roving deserts and freshly baked scones with cream and jam. A great day out for Mothers and Daughters or for a catch up with friends.

    Bring in the New Year on board the Kingfisher 2! The vessel hosts an all-inclusive cocktail party on the waterways! Is there a better way to see the fireworks than from a yacht? With finger food all night and Premium House wines, beers and soft drinks.

    Or organise your own personalised private charter! Entertainment options include- murder mystery, magicians, comedians, casino nights and karaoke. Buffet style, fine dining or finger food available and menus can be tailor-made to fit your needs. Formal or casual the Kingfisher has you covered for any event or celebration you can think of!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    “MV Jasmine”

    The aluminium river cruiser was built in Western Australia and has both an open front and back decks. She boasts laser lights, TV & DVD player and CD player with surround system that allows you to play your own music with a USB, phone or mp3 player! She has a wide dance floor to bust some moves on so get your playlist sorted with your favourite hits! She is also the perfect place to relax if you’re just after a warm and cosy cruise down the Yarra River admiring the beautiful Melbourne skyline.

    Ideal setting for private events such as corporate events, birthday parties, bucks nights, hens nights, BBQs, cremation ceremonies, family get togethers, footy nights, Christmas parties, New Years Eve parties anywhere between 20-50 guests!

    Cruises on the MV Jamsine are normally only 3 hours but an extra hour can be arranged for an additional cost, for the extra hour they crew take you along the Melbourne Dockland’s scenic waterways, an affordable way to experience something a bit more special.

    You can choose from two packages for the 3 hours cruise, the first is Finger Food and drinks (Beer, Wine, Sparkling Wine & Soft Drinks) or choose to have a BBQ and drinks (Beer, Wine, Sparkling Wine & Soft Drinks).

     

     

     

    “Enterprize”

    The vessel is a replica of John Pascoe Fawkner’s Schooner Enterprize which sailed from Van Diemen’s Land in 1835 holding the City of Melbourne’s first white settlers! She was wrecked on the bar of the Richmond River in northern New South Wales in 1847, killing two people who were on board.

    The 45 foot Enterprize replica was constructed in 1997 using only Australian and New Zealand grown timers, she is single decked, square transomed, with crossing yards on her foremast. She was constructed by naval architects and shipwrights using only a few paintings and sketches of the original Enterprize as there were no copies of the original plans, this was not easy as they were determined for the replica to be as close to the original of possible. The same as the original the sails were hand sewn from flax cloth imported from Scotland and the running rigging made from natural hemp fibre imported from Holland with a coating of Stockholm tar.

    The ship is run by a group of over 300 volunteers and a handful of staff as a non-profit organisation. They aim to spark interest and adventurous spirit with an authentic 1830’s sailing experience exploring Melbourne’s maritime past. They offer public sails of ports around Port Phillip Bay during the day and evenings, often the daytime tours are filled with students keen to learn more about nineteenth century sailing ships. The vessel is also available for private charter for your birthday party, wedding, corporate event or special occasion. She has a capacity of 45 for day trips and can sleep 8 overnight. You can even request the crew to be dressed as pirates or in 18th century period costume!

    Once a year the Enterprize embarks on a weeklong voyage East and West of Victoria with members of the public and school groups! She also ventures to Hobart every 2nd year for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival!

     

     

     

    Party Boat Cruises

    Hold your corporate event, birthday parties, wedding or anniversary on board on whichever vessel suits you best! The vessel offer an all-inclusive meal, drinks and entertainment package and you can tailor entertainment to create your perfect function. Choose from Citrus Lady, carol Dee or MV Louisiana.

     

    “Citrus Lady”

     

    Can seat up to 50 guests and has a standing capacity of 80, the vessel can be decorated in your corporate signage or flags by the team for your staff!

     

    “Carol Dee”

      

    With a seating capacity of 120 and standing 200 the Carol Dee is the largest of the fleet. She prides herself as a deluxe wedding venue with a dance floor and “fantastic lighting facilities”.

     

    “MV Louisiana”

    This double decker vessel can hold up to 70 guests and has a bar and dining areas, as well as dance floor and lighting facilities.

     

     

    “The Tram Boat”

    The world’s first tram on water! This newly built vessel is available to hire for your event. Travel through the Docklands, down to the Westgate Bridge or across Hobsons Bay to Beacon Cove. The Tram Boast can take you right up the Yarra Rover as far as Hawthorn or sail on the Maribyrnong River and pass Flemington Racecourse, home of the famous Melbourne Cup.

    Indoor and outdoor areas available, the whole upper deck is outdoors, providing top notch views of the Melbourne skyline and an ideal space to catch some rays on those summer days! The vessel also has a lounge area and a stereo system with music for everyone’s tastes. There is fully licensed bar on board so no need to bring your own drinks. There is also the option to arrange a beverage package for only $25 per guest!

    The Tram Boat can hold a maximum of 49 passengers and is available for all different kinds of functions including weddings, concerts, sporting events, products launches or corporate events. Or you can board the famous “Fish n Chips Lunch and Dinner Cruise”! The Tram Boat sails along the Yarra to Williamstown to collect some yummy portions of Fish n Chips and there is a real party atmosphere on board post munch heading back to the city! Enjoy all the views Melbourne has to offer while mingling, making new friends and having a delicious meal.

     

     

     

    “Fortune Favours the Brave”

    This self-confessed party boat was built and operated in Queensland for many years before it was refurbished, renamed and relocated to Melbourne in February 2012. Fortune Favour’s the Brave was relaunched in the August of 2012 as a high demand for smaller charter vessels in Melbourne had been established.

    The 80 foot vessel is available for Bucks and Hens parties, celebrate your last night of freedom in style… the vessel will accommodate all kinds of “entertainment” on board.

    Impress your guests by doing something a little different and host your birthday party or special occasion on board.

    Also available for corporate events, what a brilliant way to impress clients in a unique venue with a fantastic atmosphere. Board “Fortune Favours the Brave” for a product launch or cocktail party and charm you clients with the relaxing, sophisticated and exclusive experience. Make your event memorable.

    Avoid the crowds on land and host your Christmas or New Year’s party on board! Sail down the river, sit back, relax and see city’s sparkling lights day or evening.

    The vessel is also available for the Spring Racing Carnival transfers from Docklands to the Races so you can arrive in style.

    Educational scenic cruises are also available for students, get out of the classroom and see the Etihad Stadium, the docklands multimillion dollar apartments, the Bolte Bridge, Swanston Dock, Historic Seaport of Williamstown and the Westgate Bridge as you cruise down the Yarra river.

    “Fortune Favours the Brave” can hold from 20 up to 130 passengers and food and/or beverage packages can be provided upon request.

     

    When planning a bucks or hens party add some spice to the occasion with some Adult Entertainers. The best of the best waiters, topless waitresses, nude waitresses, exotic Dancers and strippers can be found at Centrefold Strippers in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide. A great addition to any cruise event.

    Lastly when you alight from your Melbourne Charter you will find yourself once again close to the heart of the city. You may have timed your cruise before or after a performance at the Etihad Stadium or may simply wish to make your way to the Crown complex to enjoy beautiful restaurants and a flutter on the table games.

    Whatever the case, Melbourne is sure to please. Enjoy the waterways, city and everything Melbourne has to offer.

     

    2 Comments

    1. Simon Gresham says:

      Great article and background. Nice to see a local charter business supportive of the other party boats.

    2. David Jacobs says:

      A very handy reference list of local Melbourne charter operators. A great selection for all party types. I recommend trying a few and supporting local businesses

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