Boating opportunities abound. Sailing (off the beach or out of a marina), cruising (under power or sail) to destinations like Queenscliff, Portarlington, Geelong, Williamstown and Martha Cove – to name just a few – are wonderful boating destinations, be it for a short hop or a longer cruise.
With a coastline of over 264 kilometres, it is always possible to find the perfect beach or sheltered cove, somewhere around the bay, to kick back and relax or enjoy watersports like skiing, wakeboarding or kayaking and canoeing.
Boating in Melbourne is not all about the bay, however. Rivers including the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Werribee, all accessible by boat from Port Phillip, provide facilities for boaters to enjoy cruising in urban surrounds – or the opportunity to stop-off at destinations like Docklands, in the heart of the city, or the idyllic Herring Island, which is a leisurely 40-minute cruise up the Yarra. During the annual spring racing carnival (in particular, the Melbourne Cup), a veritable flotilla of boats makes its way up the Maribyrnong River to Flemington racecourse.