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Footy Ferry Is Back

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Catch a fast CATamaran to see the Cats in Melbourne

Round 1 Friday 17 March – MCG 7.40 pm (Home Game)

Get Ready… Footy Ferries are back in 2023, and this year we’ll be offering more 2-way services to get you across the Bay, and home again after the game. Click below to check out the schedule for the first few rounds which allow plenty of time to get to and from the MCG when taking the Footy Ferry.

The ‘Game-day Specials’ have been timed to coincide with Cats games, allowing plenty of time at each end for fans to get to and from the ferry terminal to the relevant stadium ahead of the first bounce. Ferries arrive and depart from Cunningham Pier in central Geelong and Victoria Harbour, Docklands.

The first service for 2023 will take place on Friday 17 March, when the Cats take on the Pies at the MCG. The Geelong Flyer will depart the Geelong Waterfront at 5:00 pm (arriving at Docklands at 6:35 pm), it will then set sail back for Geelong from Docklands at 11:40 pm (arriving at 1:15 am).

During the leisurely cruise across Port Philip Bay, supporters can get into the footy spirit with fellow fans, enjoying a coffee and snack along the way. The licensed onboard café also allows passengers to enjoy a drink to and from the game.

For MCG-based games, passengers can either jump on the number 75 tram, located a few steps from the ferry terminal, to travel directly to the game or walk to Southern Cross Station and catch a train to either Jolimont or Richmond train stations.

The Game-day Specials form part of a partnership between Port Phillip Ferries and the Geelong Cats, now in its third year. The partnership includes a competition giving Geelong fans the opportunity to win an exclusive behind the scene experience at GMHBA Stadium. Check out the Port Phillip Ferries website to find out how.

Port Phillip Ferries are also offering Geelong Cats Fans 20% OFF Multi-Trip Passes. This discount makes catching the ferry cheaper than taking the train, as well as providing a more fun and relaxing experience. Passengers can simply enter the code Gocats21 when pre-booking their tickets.

Murray Rance, Chief Executive Officer for Port Phillip Ferries, said they were excited to once again partner with the Cats to give fans a stress-free way of travelling to and from the game.

“We look forward to welcoming footy fans back aboard the Geelong Flyer during the 2022 footy season. Catching the ferry allows supporters to get to the footy the easy way, without the hassle of traffic and finding a carpark at the other end. Whether they support the Cats or the opposing team, catching the fast ferry to the footy adds a whole new element of fun to the day and brings footy fans together in a spacious and comfortable environment.”

“The ‘Game-day Specials’ are by no means limited to just footy fans. Those who aren’t interested in the footy, can use the ferry to travel between Geelong and Docklands, spending a leisurely day in either location,” said Mr Rance.

Bookings are essential and must be made online at Only passengers with pre-booked tickets will be allowed to board the ferry. Bookings are now open, the full schedule can be viewed at Additional services will be added as further rounds are announced by the AFL.

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