Boating In Victoria


There are a lot of opportunities for boating in Victoria. You don’t even have to leave Melbourne. But, of course, there are tons of places within the state that are waiting to be discovered. No better way to do that than to take to the water. Apart from boating, you can also enjoy a lot of different watersports and fishing. So, if you’re boating in Victoria, here are the best places where you can enjoy the water as much as my family and I did.


Port Phillip Bay, the location of Melbourne, is the largest bay in Victoria. It’s home to more than 30 yacht clubs and marinas. There’s the opportunity to try out different boating experiences such as sailing, cruising and kayaking or canoeing. As for watersports, you can swim, water-ski and wakeboard. You can also discover several beaches and coves around the bay. You also have access to the Yarra, Maribyrnong and Werribee Rivers, which will provide you with amazing views of the city.


The Western Port is the second largest bay in Victoria, and it opens into the Bass Strait. It lies east of Port Phillip Bay with the Mornington Peninsula separating these two bays. There are several yacht clubs and marinas in the area. You’ll be able to see Australian fur seals, whales and dolphins in the water. It’s also a haven for anglers as there is plenty of Flathead, Bream, Flounder, Australian Salmon and much more to catch.

There are two large islands in the bay: Phillip Island and French Island. You can see penguins and koalas on Phillip Island, as well as sail the coastline, visit bay beaches and catch fish. Meanwhile, French Island is great for bushwalking, camping, biking and fishing.


Gippsland Lakes is about 250 km southeast of Melbourne. It’s considered as a boating paradise, so you’ll see a lot of kayaks, canoes, small sails, powerboats and cruisers. Apart from watersports, you can visit coastal parks for camping and mountain streams for fishing. Some of the most popular areas are the Lakes National Park and the Tambo, Mitchell and Nicholson Rivers. Meanwhile, Mallacoota Inlet offers secluded boating spots where you can relax and explore your surroundings.


Lake Eildon is a freshwater boating destination that’s about 140km northeast of Melbourne. The area has a lot of houseboats, boating facilities and lakeside shops. You can have a lot of fun on the water with powerboating and waterskiing. You can also visit the Lake Eildon National Park to discover the diverse flora and fauna in the area.


Lake Eppalock is 12 km northwest of Melbourne. It’s a popular family destination. There are a lot of caravan and holiday parks in the area. Aside from camping, visitors take to the water to sail, fish, swim, waterski and wakeboard. Anglers also have their time filled with all the fishing opportunities in the area.

Victoria’s 2,000-km coastline allows for a lot of boating opportunities. It’s easy to take to the water, and there are so many places that you can discover by boat. No matter what specific area you decide to explore, boating in Victoria means that you’ll have a lot of fun. Each location may have its unique attributes and attractions, but all of them are conducive to boating and other water-themed activities. Since you’re in a prime location for boating, you should take advantage and start exploring the water.



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John Steele

John loves cooking at home and outdoors, travelling, fishing and discovering a new life. He's got loads of experience he wants to share while he adventures through retirement.