GoBoat Melbourne

Hire yourself an easy-to-operate, pet-friendly BYO picnic boat and set sail on the Yarra from the CBD.
Concrete Playground
Published on November 25, 2019


After launching its eco-friendly picnic boats in cities all over Europe, Danish company GoBoat made the leap to Australia, giving punters a fun way to cruise the Yarra.

If you're keen for a day on the river, you can grab a GoBoat from Banana Alley near Flinders Street Station. GoBoat has secured a ten-year berthing arrangement with Parks Victoria, which means that it won't be shifting anytime soon, either.

Aimed at making the whole boating caper more accessible for everyday folk, the outfit's Scandinavian-designed vessels are slow-moving, a breeze to operate and don't require a boating licence, making for fuss-free sailing sessions. In a win for the planet, they also run on silent, pollution-free, electric engines, and are crafted from a mix of reclaimed timber and recycled PET bottles.

Each of the contemporary GoBoats clocks in at 18-feet long, boasting a central picnic table with room for eight people (and all the necessary snacks and booze). And despite what you might be thinking, they're even affordable enough to fit your post-holiday budget — simply BYO food and drinks, find enough eager sailors to jump aboard and a GoBoat session will cost you less than $15 per person, per hour. That's $109 hourly in total, or $189 for two hours, $269 for three hours, $349 for four hours, $429 for five hours and $509 for six hours.

Yes, you can really make a whole day of it. You can book a few months in advance or make the most of a surprise afternoon off with a last minute picnic, with timeslots available in 15-minute increments from 11am. The boats are required to be returned by sunset, with the specific time obviously changing with the seasons.

Oh, and did we mention they're pet-friendly? Surely you've got a very good boy who deserves a river jaunt.

Images: Lean Timms.


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