is a multicultural city of more than three million that sprawls around Port Phillip Bay, the largest bay in Australia. With small tidal variations and consistently fair sailing conditions, yachting has become one of Melbourne’s most popular sports. Approximately twenty yachting clubs line the shores of Port Phillip, many of which welcome volunteers to crew their racing boats. You can also find yacht charters to sail yourself, or learn to sail at one of the “learn-to-sail” organizations located on Port Phillip Bay. Mornington Peninsula is Melbourne’s most popular playground with a long stretch of sheltered bay beaches and ocean surf. There are several yacht harbors and surfing beaches located here, and the peninsula is well known for its wineries, orchards and wildlife. Along the western side of the peninsula is Hastings, home to a large fishing fleet and an impressive boating marina. A short ferry ride across the Bay will take you to Queenscliff, a quaint town with art galleries, specialty shops and historic buildings. Boating in Melbourne is not limited to the sea, however. The Yarra River also offers many opportunities, as well as being the location of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest casino. The Yarra offers daily sightseeing cruises, charters for corporate luncheons, weddings, and other social functions. You can even experience a touch of Venice with a cruise along the river on a venetian-style gondola. Melbourne is an elegant, warm and friendly city with abundant yachting opportunities along its many waterways.