Water activities in Albert Park


Water activities in Albert Park

Albert Park


The rowing clubs at Albert Park Lake operate weekly races and annual regattas.
The Albert Park South Melbourne Rowing Club operate from the Plant-Williamson Rowing Pavilion.
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

    Covid-19 Testing Site: Pit Lane Aughtie Drive – Albert Park

    The Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre testing site is soon relocating to the Pit Lane, Aughtie Drive. This facility is being established by the Department of Health (DH).

    The facility will take up a portion of the pit lane. There will be ample traffic management and direction in the surrounding area, and will be cordoned off from the general public, with security officers in attendance onsite at all times.

    The sporting facilities and the surrounding park will still be available for use by the community during this time. The below attachment outlines the change of conditions including traffic changes.

    For further information about this and other testing sites, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19

    Attachments: Covid-19-Testing-site-relocation-and-road-conditions-Albert-Park (1,178KB)

    AGPC - Albert Park Circuit Modifications

    Dear valued Albert Park Tenants and Park Users,
    Please be advised that the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) is planning to undertake a civil works upgrade project at various locations within Albert Park, including circuit resurfacing and modifications.
    The attached communication provides further information regarding the project of works.
    Please contact AGPC via return email should you have any questions about this project, or any Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix matter.
    Kind regards,
    AGPC - Community Relations

    Attachments: AGPC - Albert Park Circuit Modifications - Project_Letter - FINAL (405KB)

    Stay safe this summer around lakes and rivers

    Inland waterways may have hazards such as strong fast-flowing currents, colder than expected water temperature and submerged branches and debris. Always heed warning signs and advice even if you are not planning to go in the water and be aware of changing weather conditions. Always wear a lifejacket when boating, fishing or using a watercraft. Flash flooding can occur quickly due to heavy rainfall. Water levels may rise quickly and without warning.

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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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