Derby Day Water Taxi


$130.00 / per adult
  • Seamless Water Transport
  • On Board Bar
  • Hassle-Free Transport

Derby Day | One Way or Return Transfer | 2024

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Enjoy a luxurious and hassle-free transportation experience to the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington with our exclusive Water Taxi services. Departing from Southgate, our purpose-built boats provide a seamless journey directly to the racecourse, offering a unique and enjoyable way to reach the festivities.

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Victorian Derby Day Water Taxi | 2024

Cruise itinerary

  • City to Flemington: , Time : TBA (as per VRC schedule) Duration: 75mins
  • Flemington to City:, Time : TBA (as per VRC schedule) Duration: 75mins

City Departure point – Southgate


Package Prices

  • City to Flemington One Way – $130
  • Flemington to City – $130
  • City to Flemington Return- $160

Seamless Water Transport:

  • Enjoy a smooth and scenic journey from the heart of the city to Flemington Racecourse.

On Board Bar:

  • A fully stocked bar on board allows you to purchase a variety of drinks, adding to the enjoyment of your journey.

Hassle-Free Transport:

  • Our boats pull up right next to the entry gate, providing a convenient and stress-free arrival at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

All-Weather Purpose-Built Boat: Our purpose-built boat is designed to handle all weather conditions, ensuring a comfortable ride for passengers. The boat is covered and outdoor deck areas offer flexibility to enjoy the journey as you prefer.

  • On-board Toilets: Restrooms are available on board, providing convenience during the journey.
  • Limited Seats: To enhance the exclusivity of your experience, we offer a limited number of seats for each trip. Book early to secure your spot.
  • Timely Departures: Departure before the 1st race and return after the last race, ensuring you don’t miss a moment of the Melbourne Cup Carnival excitement.

Make your Melbourne Cup Carnival experience unforgettable with our premium Water Taxi services. Immerse yourself in the excitement of the races with a convenient, stylish, and unique mode of transportation.

Ticket Kiosk & Departure Locations

Below is a list of our all our key locations:

Locations Address Purchase Tickets Departure Location Map Hours Of Operation
Southgate BERTH 1, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006 | Cruising Restaurant NO YES Click Here | Google Maps 9:30AM to 3:00PM (MON-SUN)
Southgate BERTH 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006 YES YES Click Here | Google Maps 10:00AM to 3:30PM (MON-SUN)
Federation Wharf VAULT 10, Federation Wharf (Princes Walk), Melbourne VIC 3000 YES YES Click Here 10:00AM to 3:30PM (MON-SUN)
Head Office VAULT 11, Banana Alley, 367 Flinders Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 YES No 9:00AM to 5:00PM (MON-FRI)
Williamstown GEM PIER, 1 Syme Street, Williamstown VIC 3016 No YES Click Here N/A

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Wilson Parking offers secure car parking and are located in Southgate Ave, just a short walk from our departure point.

Unfortunately, our vessels (including the on-board restrooms) are not wheelchair accessible and we do not have the facilities to accommodate passengers in wheelchairs or mobility scooters.

Passengers must be able to manage stairs to board and disembark the vessel on there own or be assisted by their carers only as our staff are not permitted to assist (by carrying any passengers for boarding) in any way.


We do not offer bookings for groups less then 15 guests for our sightseeing cruises however you are able to purchase a prepaid voucher from our website.

Please note that this does not secure a time or a date and we do recommend you arrive 30 minutes prior to the cruise time you are after to secure your spot.

Yes, as our schedule is subject to weather and tidal conditions you will need to call us from 9.45am on the morning of your preferred cruise date. Please call 03 8610 2600

Yes. Spending the day is Williamstown is a great way to see a different part of Melbourne. Return times are 1 hour after the ferry leaves the City but must be confirmed on the day.

You will find us located across from the Langham Hotel on the rivers edge.

All beverages as listed are included and served throughout the cruise.

We ask that guests please arrive no later than 7.15pm for boarding.
Please note that our cruise will leave at 7.30pm sharp and will not wait for late guests.

The Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant cruises up river, passing the Botanical Gardens and sporting stadiums.
Please note that our cruise path is subject to weather and tidal conditions.

We operate our dinner cruise Thursdays to Sundays at 7.30pm – 10.30pm
Alternative days can be arranged for groups of 15+

Wilson Parking offers secure car parking and are located in Southgate Ave, just a short walk from our departure point.

The Spirit of Melbourne can accommodate up to 90 passengers and the floor plan is designed for the bookings that evening. Each booking will have their own table, large groups of 15 or more may be split across two tables.

Yes we do welcome children on board. In the interest of other guests children must remain seated at all times.

Please see our menu for details. Much of our menu is Gluten Free and we also offer vegetarian catering.

Smart casual.

Unlike the ocean the Yarra River is very calm and flat. It is very unlikely that travelling on our vessels will cause any motion sickness.

Cakes can be purchased at a cost. At least 7 days notice is required to order these items. Call us for sizes and pricing.


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