Water activities in Albert Park


Water activities in Albert Park

Albert Park


Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club (APSMRC) is located at the northern end near MSAC and offers a range of Learn To Row (L2R) and Return To Row (R2R) options in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. More information about rowing at APSMRC can be found at http://www.apsmrc.com

The Y Rowing Club operate from McAdam House (Powerhouse) and can be contacted on 9529 8596.They conduct Come and Try / Learn to Row sessions for all ages on Sunday mornings. Competition crew training and school or corporate programs are also available.



Fish include Rainbow Trout and Golden Perch. A Recreational Fishing Licence is required and Victorian Recreational Fishing Guidelines must be followed. Parks Victoria encourages the 'catch and release' method of fishing but European Carp (a noxious fish) must be removed from the lake once caught. Fish caught in Albert Park Lake are not considered suitable for consumption.

Model Yachts

Albert Park Model Yacht Club race every Sunday afternoon adjacent to McAdam House (Powerhouse). Enjoy the thrills of big yacht racing without getting wet. yachtingalbertpark@gmail.com

Sailing Clubs

The sailing clubs that operate on Albert Park Lake conduct regular races on the lake every Saturday and are all located in Aquatic Drive. The clubs welcomes new members and provides regular training programs.

The Albert Sailing Club. http://albertsc.org.au
The Albert Park Yacht Club www.apyc.org.au
The First Victorian Sea Scouts operate on a weekly basis www.seascouts.com.au

Sailing School and Boat Hire

Boating is a popular safe activity on the lake. The Boatshed provides introductory experiences and learn to sail programs for kids, teenagers and adults. Our weekend and holiday programs run continuously year-round. Private sailing experiences, group bookings and free opportunities to experience sailing are also available.

Visit www.theboatshed.net.au or call (03) 9088 7207 for more information.

The Boatshed is also affiliated with Sailability Victoria, offering inclusive sailing opportunities for all members of the community including groups and individuals of all ability levels.

Accessibility information

Sailability Program

The Sailability program operates from The Boatshed at 3 Aquatic Drive. This program is an introduction to sailing for people of all abilities. A number of disabled parking bays are available in Aquatic Drive. Additionally, drop offs are available in the gravel area adjacent to The Boatshed.

The aim of Sailability is to introduce all ages and abilities to the joys of sailing in a straightforward, fun and inexpensive way.
Sailability clubs operate in many parks and other locations across Victoria. For more information about Sailability visit www.sailability.org/au/australia

Things to do in the area

Two women in activewear walk their dogs while two runners approach them.

Dog walking in Albert Park

With its picturesque lake and network of trails, Albert Park offers your dog a smorgasbord of exciting sights and smells as well as off-lead areas to run and play.
Four friends pat their two dogs next to Albert Park Lake with the Melbourne CBD skyline in the background.

Picnic areas in Albert Park

Albert Park has nine picnic areas around the picturesque lake, which can be used for picnics and barbecues. Each area has a range of facilities including free electric barbecues, playgrounds,shelters and wide open spaces.

Community sport in Albert Park

A variety of community sports are played in Albert Park. There are teams for all ages and abilities, with opportunities for social sport and competitive team sport.

How to get there

Water activities in Albert Park

Need to know

Water activities in Albert Park

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Notices Affecting Multiple Sites

    Parking fees - CPI Increase 1st August 2022

    There will be a CPI price increase to parking fees on 1st August 2022. Each financial year the treasurer, Department of Treasury and Finance sets the CPI increase applicable to fees and charges from 1st July each year.
    The new parking fees from 1st August 2022 are:
    • Weekday hourly rate: $5.60 per hour (previously $5.50 per hour)
    • Weekdays 5pm to 9pm flat rate: $5.60 (previously $5.50)
    • Weekday maximum all day rate: $13.40 per day (previously $13.20 per day)
    • Weekends flat rate fee: $5.60 per day (previously $5.50 per day)
    Parking permits will continue to be available for park businesses and members of Albert Park tenant clubs. New permit fees will commence on 1st September 2021:
    • Sports Club Permit – 6 months: $35.50 (previously $34.70)
    • Sports Club Permit– 6 months concession*: $17.80 (previously $17.35)
    • Sports Club Permit – 12 months: $70.90 (previously $69.70)
    • Sports Club Permit – 12 months concession*: $35.50 (previously $34.85)
    • Junior Sports Club Permit – 12 months: $17.60 (previously $17.30)
    • Tenant permit – 3 months: $220.60 (previously $216.80)
    • Tradespersons permit – 7 days: $25.80 (previously $25.40)
    *Concession prices are available for eligible concession cardholders including Centrelink Health Care Card, Centrelink Pensioner Card, Veterans Affairs Gold Card for All Conditions, Veterans Affairs Gold Card War Widow, Veterans Affairs Gold Card TPI and Veterans Affairs Gold card POW and EDA.
    The net revenue from parking fees will continue to be reinvested back into Albert Park Reserve services and facilities and the sports and recreation club grant program.
    To provide feedback on the Albert Park Reserve parking fees email albertparkparking@parks.vic.gov.au

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Lysterfield Lake

Go canoeing, kayaking or sailing on Lysterfield Lake. On warmer days, take a refreshing swim in one of two protected swimming bays with sandy shores.
Herring Island.

Herring Island

Herring Island, an artificial island on the Yarra River is a haven for nature and art lovers alike.
Four friends relax by the edge of the Yarra River as their curly brown dog gets ready to jump in the water.

Dights Falls

The park's best known geological feature is Dights Falls. Dights Falls is an artificial weir built on a natural rock bar across the Yarra. The weir was built in the 1840s to provide water to the 'Ceres' flour mill, one of the first in Victoria
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