Melbourne Dockside Eating Guide - From Port Phillip Bay to Westernport

RACV Marine eating guide to Westernport and Port Phillip Bay Victoria Melbourne Mornington Geelong Rye Portsea Sorrento St Kilda

Your RACV Marine guide to dockside eating

Looking for somewhere new to go on Port Phillip Bay and Westernport? The RACV Marine team have eaten their way around the bay and have come up with a number of excellent dockside dining options for boaters looking for tasty options during a leisurely day out.

Whether you're grabbing fish and chips, or looking for a place to celebrate a special occasion with a sit-down restaurant meal, you will be surprised by the options available for pulling up in your boat and eating dockside.

Dock and dine in Port Phillip Bay and Westernport

The map shows more than 30 locations where you can dock your boat and grab something to eat from more than 300 cafes, restaurants, bars, club houses and other eateries.

Considering stopping at a marina or yacht club? Always call ahead to ensure visitor and casual berths are available. Many places offer special accommodation rates for guests using their dining facilities so don’t forget to mention your dining plans.

Most public piers and jetties are administered by Parks Victoria. They are usually available on a first come, first serve basis. Berths are available as either short-term (usually under four hours) or overnight. Always adhere to local signage and call Parks Victoria on 131 963 for more information.

And remember to fender well to avoid hull damage from swell, boat wakes or a change in the wind. 

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Altona Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage for length of stay. Best in Northerly winds. Unprotected from Southerly and Easterly winds. Shallows quickly.

Eating: At least a dozen options within a short walk up Pier Street.

The Anchorage Marina - Williamstown

Docking: 8 to 20m casual berths available from $50 overnight. Advise marina if visiting the restaurant by boat for special rates. Call (03) 9397 4740.

Eating: Tie-up with direct deck access to Pier Farm Mediterranean-style restaurant with an excellent water view. Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinners (no takeaway). Book online (https://www.pierfarm.com.au/bookings/) or call (03) 9397 7799.  Or take a 10 minute walk to the heart of Williamstown and a complete range of eating options.

Black Rock Jetty

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Best in northerly or easterly winds. Shallows quickly. No depth for keel boats.

Eating: Cerberus Beach House kiosk and restaurant serves seafood and what are referred to as healthy classics. Family-friendly environment. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to late. Call (03) 9533 4028.

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron

Docking: Public docking available on the northern outside wall of the marina. For longer stays or Marina docking call (03) 5988 8453 or email at least one day prior to stay. Precise docking location will be confirmed by marina.

Eating: Clubhouse Bar and Bistro available to casual visitors year-round. Facilities open at various times throughout the day, Thursday to Sunday from February to December, and most days throughout peak season. Thursday dinner is a $35 per head set menu, accompanied by live music. Visit http://www.bys.asn.au/clubhouse/.

A canteen kiosk (ground floor, by the beach) serves takeaway pies and sandwiches, open at varying times on weekends depending on sailing program.

Half a dozen restaurants and cafes located within 10 minutes walk of the marina.

d'Albora Marinas Pier 35 - Yarra River

Docking: Casual berths available from $45 overnight (low season). Call marina on (03) 9646 1200 to check for availability and advise if visiting the restaurant by boat for special rates.

Eating: Pier 35 Bar & Grill serves modern Australian with steaks, seafood and a big wine list. Open seven days. Takeaway available during lunch. Call (03) 9646 0606. Ocean View Café, part of Pier 35, serves more casual options.

d'Albora Marinas Victoria Harbour

Docking: Short-term berthing available, subject to availability. Call (03) 9602 4511.

Eating: Numerous CBD options available in all directions.

Dromana Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected in most wind conditions. Vessel should be attended at all times.

Eating: Huge number of options on the main strip within view of the pier, plus more available further down Pier Street.

Ferguson Street Pier - Williamstown

Docking: Public berthing on the Northside of the pier. South side belongs to Hobson Bay Yacht Club. Protected in westerly and southerly winds.

Eating: Easy access to Williamstown shops and restaurants.

Frankston Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected in most wind conditions. Very busy pier with local fisherman and swimmers in summer. Vessel should be attended at all times. Consider Patterson Lakes or Mornington as more protected alternatives.

Eating: Numerous restaurant, bar, café and takeaway options within a short walk on the Nepean Highway.

Gem Pier - Williamstown

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Home of the retired HMAS Castlemaine warship that served in World War II. Regular tours are available.

Eating: Easy access to Williamstown shops and restaurants.

Hampton Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Located behind the Sandringham Yacht Club break wall. Well protected from most winds.

Eating: Sandy Beach Kiosk. See also Sandringham Yacht Club.

Hobsons Bay Yacht Club

Docking: Southside of Ferguson Street Pier belongs to Hobson Bay Yacht Club while the northside is public access. Casual docking may be available from $45 per night, but depends heavily on availability. Call (03) 9397 6111 or info@hbyc.org.au for availability and for restrictions on length, depth, tides, etc. Protected in westerly and southerly winds

Eating: Casual visitors may use the members’ bar (no kitchen). Open during summer, 4:30pm to 9:30pm Wednesday to Friday, 11:30am to 7pm Saturday to Sunday.

Lagoon Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Suitable in Northley and Easterly winds.

Eating: A handful cafes on Bay Street are within 500m.

Maribyrnong River

The Maribyrnong River has a 5-knot speed limit and is generally considered to be navigable by powered vessels 7 nautical miles up to the Canning Street Bridge. Due to tides and silting it is important to check depths are suitable for your vessel.

Docking and eating: Anglers Tavern (call 3 9318 2811, serves a wide variety of styles), Raleigh Road Bridge, Moonee Ponds. 4.19m bridge clearance.

Marina YE

Docking: Free visitor berthing available for up to four hours between 9am and 4pm. Call (03) 9658 8738 to check for availability and to register with marina office.

Eating: A multitude of CBD restaurants, cafes, takeaway outlets and bars located in all directions.

Martha Cove Marina - Hidden Harbour

Docking: Short-term docking available. Advise marina if visiting the café by boat for special rates. Call (03) 5987 0827.

Eating: Boardwalk café serves breakfast, lunch and snacks, including takeaway. Open seven days, until 5pm weekends, 4pm weekdays. Bookings advised during peak if sitting down. Call 0458 013 619.

Martha’s Table restaurant currently under construction.

Melbourne City Marina - Docklands

Docking: Free visitor berthing available for up to four hours. Call (03) 9658 8738 to check for availability and to register with marina office.

Eating: Huge range of options available in all directions.

Mordialloc Creek

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Do not leave boat unattended

Eating: Several locations within a short walk, west and east of Mordialloc Creek. Foreshore reserve has a kiosk, bathrooms, playground, picnic and barbeque facilities.

Mornington Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing Check signage. Well protected in most winds excluding strong gale-force northerlies.

Eating: Schnappers Café serves light snacks and fish and chips, including takeaway. Open seven days. Sit-in closes about 5pm on weekends, takeaway usually open until at least 6pm. Call (03) 5975 6332.

The Rocks Mornington serves award-winning seafood, plus non-seafood and vegetarian options. Open seven days. Breakfast and lunch until 3pm, dinner from 5:30pm until late. Call (03) 5973 5599 or book at http://www.therocksmornington.com.au/visit/

Newhaven Yacht Club

Docking: Call Casual Berths Officer 0484 828 073. Non-club members start from $65 per day plus key deposit. Note lead lights marking marina entrance along narrow channel. Deep draft vessels should only access entrance above half tide. Shallow draft vessels should be vigilant at low tides.

Eating: Saltwater Phillip Island bar and restaurant and a bakery are within a reasonably short walk. Informal social gathering are held most Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. Catered events held every second (bar will be open). Non-members are welcome but must be signed in by a member.

Patterson Lakes Inner Harbour jetty

Docking: Recently installed short-term public jetty. Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage.

Eating: Park and choose from more than a dozen options. Pick from Italian, Indian or seafood, plus numerous takeaway and café options.

Portarlington Harbour

Docking: Newly developed safe harbour. Short-term public berthing for vessels up to 15m. Check signage. Be mindful of ferries that have right of way. Harbour entrance depth may become shallow, especially in eastern and southern boundaries. Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage.

Eating: A dozen options within a short walk. Barbecue, picnic and playground facilities on foreshore.

Portsea Pier

Docking: Short-term Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Berth inside the head of the pier, as the outside should be left clear for commercial traffic. Suitable in southerly and easterly winds.

Eating: The Portsea Hotel is a local icon, serving wholesome pub-fare and modern Australian with an extensive drinks selection. Open every day.

Queenscliff Harbour

Docking: All weather harbour. Visitor berthing available from $10 per hour. Overnight berths from $55 (low season) to $75 (peak). Visit http://www.queenscliffharbour.com.au/ or call (03) 5258 5459.

Eating: Half a dozen cafes and restaurants are part of the wider marina facilities. Choose from cosmopolitan Australian (360Q), fish and chips (Queenscliff Harbour Fish & Chips), café-style dining (Charlie Noble), sweet and decadent (Belgium Waffle and Coffee), or fine seafood (Scully’s Oyster Bar and Grill). On weekends, freshly caught seafood can be purchased direct from the boat via Mi Shells Seafood.

Queenscliff South Harbour

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected in most wind conditions. Vessel should be attended at all times. Consider Queenscliff Harbour as a more protected alternative.

Eating: A handful of options within 10 minutes walk. See Queenscliff Harbour for more options.

Rosebud Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected in most wind conditions. Very busy pier with local fisherman and swimmers in summer. Vessel should be attended at all times. Consider Mount Martha or Blairgowrie Yacht Club as more protected alternatives.

Eating: A few options within a modest walk.

Royal Brighton Yacht Club

Docking: Casual docking available from $37 (depending on vessel length). Advise marina if visiting the restaurant by boat for special rates. Be mindful of major events. Call (03) 9592 3092.

Eating: The Club’s Olympic Bar & Restaurant serves modern Australian, including takeaway. Open until 4pm Monday to Tuesday, 9pm Wednesday to Saturday, 8pm Sunday. Book online (https://www.dimmi.com.au/restaurant/royal-brighton-yacht-club) or call (03) 9592 3092.

Several options within a short walk, including café dining (The Baths Middle Brighton, bookings available for groups of 12+, call (03) 9539 7002) and fish and chips (Flatheads Fish & Chips, The Baths’ Brighton Kiosk takeaway).

Royal Geelong Yacht Club

Docking: Casual berths available from $40 per night. Fill out a form online (https://fs22.formsite.com/RoyalGeelongYachtClub/form1/index.html). Marina will advise on where to moor.

Eating: Marina View Café serves classic Aussie. Open until 3pm, Monday to Thursday, until 3pm and from 6 to 9pm Friday, and until 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Call (03) 5229 3705. Short walk to the centre of Geelong and an extensive range of eating options.

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron - St Kilda Pier

Docking: Casual overnight pens under 15m from $50 overnight. Public wharves available on eastern side of marina. Advise marina if visiting club house by boat for special rates. Call (03) 9534 0227.

Eating: Olympic Bar club house open to casual visitors (sign the guest book). Pub-style dinner served Wednesday to Friday, snacks at other times. Closed Mondays. Live entertainment on once a month. Check http://www.rmys.com.au/ for updates.

St Kilda Pier Kiosk (aka Little Blue) is an icon of the St Kilda foreshore, serving snacks, coffee, fish and chips and more. Call (03) 9525 5545 or visit http://www.littlebluerestaurant.com.au/st-kilda-kiosk/.

St Kilda’s numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and general nightlife are a short walk away.

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Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club

Docking: Non-member berthing available at visitor berths, subject to availability. $35 daily rate (or special rate for kindred clubs). Call (03) 9393 2888 to organise.

Eating: Bistro bar and restaurant, open Friday, Saturday (bar and snack menu) and Sunday (bar and lunch). Visit http://www.rvmyc.com.au/ or call (03) 9393 2888 to confirm hours and menu. Right in the heart of Williamstown with easy access to a wide range eating options.

Royal Yacht Club Of Victoria

Docking: Call Marina Manager on 0402 230 287 to arrange casual docking. Free for first two to three hours, then $49 per day. Limited berths available for deep draught vessels so check ahead.

Eating: Pier 41 offers comprehensive modern Australian cuisine. It is open to non-members (guests please sign visitors book). Bookings are required so call (03) 9397 1277. Some takeaway available (but not for alcohol).

Dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants are within a short walk of the marina.

Rye Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected in most wind conditions. Shallows quickly. Very busy pier with local fisherman and swimmers in summer. Vessel should be attended at all times. Consider Blairgowrie Yacht Club as more protected alternative.

Eating: Numerous fish and chips, café and takeaway options on the main strip (although the pier itself is quite a long walk). Plenty of picnic and playground spaces on foreshore. The Rye Foreshore Market usually has some food stalls. Visit https://www.rosebudryerotary.org.au/rye-foreshore-market/ for dates.

St Kilda Marina

Docking: Visitor berths up to 30ft generally available but call to check availability. Advise marina if visiting the restaurant by boat for special rates. Call (03) 9534 0448. Max 1.8m depth.

Eating: The Great Provider serves classy café breakfast and lunch until 4pm, open every day. Call (03) 9525 5855.

Riva St Kilda includes a lounge bar and water-side deck dining, serving modern Australian and live entertainment every Sunday from 5pm. Call (03) 9525 5855.

No takeaway at either.

Sandringham Yacht Club

Docking: Casual berths available from $50 per night. 3.5m depth limit and max 20m length. Call (03) 9599 0999 to check availability.

Eating: Visitors are encouraged to use Club’s Members’ Bar and Harbour View Restaurant, serving seafood and modern Australian. Open Tuesday to Sunday during peak season (closed Monday and Tuesday, April to September). Visit https://syc.com.au/off-water/food-and-beverage/harbour-view-restaurant/ or call (03) 9599 0999.

Sorrento Pier

Docking: Parks Victoria public berthing. Check signage. Outer end of pier should be left clear for Queenscliff Sorrento Ferry. Only suitable in very calm conditions as it is unprotected from winds NW to N to E. Very busy pier with local fisherman and swimmers in summer. Vessel should be attended at all times. Consider Blairgowrie Yacht Club as a more protected alternative.

Eating: Some options within a short walk. It’s a slightly longer walk down Ocean Beach Road to Sorrento’s main strip.

Station Pier

Docking: Limited land-access via ladder. Be mindful of the Spirit of Tasmania ferry.

Eating: Several options available at the other side of the terminal. Choose from seafood restaurant dining (Water Front Port Melbourne), child-friendly casual café with full bar (Pier Warehouse), fish and chips (Dlish) or modern Australian fine dining (Mr Hobson).

Westernport Marina

Docking: Casual berths available from around $35 per night (depending on length). Berths are subject to availability. Call (03) 5979 7400. Keep within the channel. Location is very tidal and caution is advised during low tide.

Eating: Galley Café is open seven days and remains open until afternoon on most. Open from 5am Saturdays and offers takeaway. Call (03) 5979 3326 or visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/galleycafehastings/about/.

Marina Restaurant & Bar Bistro is open seven days until 9pm, serving steaks, Italian and seafood. Call (03) 5979 3699 or visit http://www.marinabarbistro.com.au

Wyndham Harbour

Docking: Four visitor’s berths available, free for up to four hours. 15m max length, 2.2m max draft at low tide. Overnight berths available from $50. Call (03) 9233 8530.

Eating: Ohana Pizza serves wood-fired pizza, open Friday to Sunday. Location may be closed due to poor weather. Call 0422 445 507.

Ramea’s Cafe Lounge serves café-style restaurant fare, open every day. Call (03) 8538 3471.

Yaringa Boat Harbour

Docking: Visitor berths available from $30 overnight. 2m depth at low tide. Advise marina if visiting the café by boat for special rates. Call (03) 5977 4154.

Eating: Restaurant undergoing major reconstruction. A temporary café serves coffee, sandwiches and cakes, open from 8am to 2pm every, including takeaway.