White Hat can recommend the Port Open Day Tours to anyone interested in
the functioning of the Port of Melbourne as well as to those interested in
In the early days of European settlement, shipping came right into the
current CBD near Flinders and William Streets. Over time, ships became
larger Victoria Dock was dug out of the swampy land behind Batman's Hill and
low bridges blocked access to all but smaller boats. Further major works saw
the creation of Swanson Dock and a man-made channel was dug to accommodate
the larger shipping and eventually container vessels. The lower Yarra River
that was known to Aboriginal people was filled in and is now covered with
housing and factories while the man-made channel south of the city is what
we think of as the lower Yarra river.
Port Open Day boat tours are fun, family-friendly events and one of the best
ways to see Australia’s busiest port, right on the city’s doorstep.
Featuring a guided commentary from port staff, you’ll see the port from a
whole new angle. Tours depart from Victoria Harbour in
Docklands, and include Victoria Dock and Appleton Dock, the port’s more
historic facilities, before visiting the container terminals at Swanson
PLEASE NOTE: While every effort will be made to adhere to advertised tour
routes, these may be changed without notice due to vessel traffic
considerations on a given tour day.
Forthcoming tours are at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1 pm & 2pm on
- 31st March 2019 (bookings open 6th February 2019)
- 28th April 2019 (bookings open 3rd April 2019)
Once bookings are open for a particular date you can book online
here. Bookings cannot be made prior to booking opening date and all
bookings must be made in advance. Payment on the day is not possible. We
will remind subscribers to the White Hat
Melbourne Newsletter when bookings open for each tour.