The ultimate cruising venue, the M.V. John Batman, named after the founder of Melbourne, is the flagship of our fleet.
The M.V. John Batman can accommodate all guests under cover on the lower deck of the boat, or in the open on the upper deck.
Wining and dining aboard, the ride is so smooth it’s hard to believe you’re even moving. The John Batman cruises the Yarra River, Hobsons Bay and the Maribyrnong River upstream to Essendon.
Built: Launceston, December 1986
Material: Aluminium hull, water ballast tanks
Length & Beam: 20m length 6.8m beam
Speed: 10 knots
Displacement: 40 tons
Tables, white linen, food warmer, soft woollen padded seats, urn, 240V diesel generator, bar, P.A. sound system, 2 wash rooms, 4 toilets.
Licensed to carry 200 passengers. 150 undercover. 130 social functions. 70 sit down meal.
“Yarra Shuttle 1” is an ultra low, wide bodied, sleek passenger ferry designed to carry up to 60 passengers in comfort, she can traverse under Melbourne’s lowest bridges during most tidal conditions With an open floorplan up to 35 may all be enclosed or all be outside.
The “Yarra Shuttle 1” is suited to both Bay and River operation – its stability gives a smooth ride in all sea conditions. “Yarra Shuttle 1” has a clean, upmarket style – a perfect backdrop – ideal for smaller weddings, corporate groups and special occasions. “
Beam: 5.5 m
Toilet & Washroom x 2
Licensed to carry 60 passages, ideal capacity 10-50 passengers.
The Williamstown Seeker, built in South Australia in 1945, was originally named Berbera and worked as an army workboat. She arrived in Williamstown June 19th, 1945 and remained there until discharged from service April 16th 1981.
She left Williamstown as a private boat and subsequently fell into a state of disrepair and was eventually taken to Welshpool where she remained on a vacant block for many years before she was bought as a hull in 1995 and refurbished as a ferry. Named the Williamstown Seeker, she wears the traditional blue and yellow colours of Williamstown and operates the daily Southgate – Williamstown Ferry service.
Length: 42 m
Licensed to carry up to 30 people.