Self-Drive Boat Hire

Deluxe Spaceships Available

Enjoy a leisurely ​​Deluxe Spaceships  Self-drive boat hire Melbourne experience with up to 12 guests from Docklands to Herring Island a relaxed Yarra River Cruise passed Crown Casino, MCG and the tennis centre.  Or cruise into the bay, anchor off St Kilda beach for a BBQ and swim with our four-hour package (t&c’s apply).

Our Spaceships are perfectly designed for long range self-drive  boat hire experience.  We highly recommend a 4 hour cruise to take in the sites. Our boats allow from Docklands passing the following land marks:

  • Southbank
  • Crown Casino
  • Federation Square
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Tennis Centre
  • MCG
  • Herring Island
  • Scotch Colledge Boat Shed
  • Swan Street Bridge
  • Leaonda By the River Function Centre
  • Hawthorn Rowing Club
  • Yarra Bend Park

Once passing Herrig Island enjoy you have the river to yourselves with no other grey boats to be seen due to their limited speed of  4 knots and limited range ability.

No boat license is required to self-drive however restrictions do apply. For non licensed drivers speed restrictions apply as well as geographical distances apply.

All sefaty gear is provided and infants under 10 years of age  musr where a lifejacket.

This activity suits any age group: Babies in Prams through Grandparents alike can have an enjoyable time!

To safely self-drive a boat its most important to check the weather conditions of the day. Checking the weather forecast for strong winds is most important. Boats should not go out during weather warning days notified by the Bureau of Meterology. The BOM app can be downloaded from the app store and will provide details of weather conditions. We do not allow boats to venture out during wind warnings.

Compare our Deluxe Spaceship Self Drive Boats and be Amazed!

  • Up to 12 guests with 2-tier pricing from 1-6 Guests and 7-12 Guests
  • Optional BBQ facility
  • Two picnics tables, not just one
  • Our Spaceships have deluxe Cushion Seating with standing room to move around. Great for all ages including babies, and grandparents.
  • High Fidelity BT Built-in Sound Speakers at No Extra Charge
  • Sunshade and rain protection
  • Cruise the Yarra River or into the Bay (no license needed t&c’s apply)
  • Swim Ladder for the Bay
  • Not affected by strong Yarra River Tidal Flows, Rain Cover
  • Proper Steering Wheel (no awkward arm behind your back tiller steer)
  • Our Spaceships are very stable so your food and utensils won’t fall off the tables!

Our Self-Drive Boats Suitable for:

  • Corporate team building event with up to 22 guests with 2 Spaceships
  • Spread The Ashes Ceremonies
  • Anniversary Dinner Cruise
  • 21st Parties
  • Pickup and drop off “limo” service
  • Pop the Question proposal cruises
  • Family Friendly or Girls’ day out Cruise
  • Bux Parties
  • Baby Showers
  • Hens Parties
  • Open Tennis Transport
  • Wedding River Transfers

We also have our  self-drive Polycraft boats suitable for bay cruising and fishing. Our boats are well suited for the bay and come with all the safety gear and are equiped with depth sounders. A detailed briefing is provided how to navigate safely in the bay. We help our guests download the boating navigation app called “Navionics” which provide clarity where the shallow areas are to prevent boat groundings. Our polycraft boats are also very popular for fishing in the bay. We provide all fishing gear, bait and tackle service.



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About us

Established in 2007  Boat 4 Hire has a diverse range of self-drive boating experiences from Yarra River Cruising,  Polycraft Bay cruising and fishing boat hire,  BBQ boat hire on Aquadonuts, luxury sports cruiser outings and luxury boat charter services.


Weekdays : 8am to 8pm

Weekend : 9am to 9pm


84 New Quay Promenade
Docklands Vic 3008

Contact Us

Ph 0423593810