Declaration of Boating Activity Exemption!



Parks Victoria as the declared waterway manager for the Maribyrnong River upstream of Shepherd Bridge on Footscray Road, makes the following declaration under section 203(3) of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic).

For the purposes of boating activity conducted by Inflatable Regatta Pty Ltd, persons and vessels involved in the Inflatable Regatta Maribyrnong River are exempt from the following requirements:

State Rules made under the Marine Act 1988

  1. Clause 2(a) – 5 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water;
  2. Clause 2(c) – 5 knots within 50 metres of another vessel;
  3. Clause 3(a) – 5 knots within 50 metres of the water’s edge;
  4. Clause 3(b) – 5 knots within 50 metres of a fixed or floating structure.

Waterway Rules made under the Marine Safety Act 2010

5. Clause 4.1 of Schedule 4 – 5 knot speed restriction on waters of the Maribyrnong River.

Subject to the conditions detailed below:

Masters of rescue vessels are only exempt from 1 to 5 in the above list when undertaking a rescue operation to retrieve persons in distress, provide for their initial medical or other needs and deliver them to a place of safety and must adhere to speed and distance rules at all other times.

Occupants of powered vessels used in conjunction with the event must wear a personal flotation device at all times during the event.

The above exemptions apply from 08:00am to 3:30pm on Saturday 26 February 2022 and Saturday 5 March 2022 to the rescue service vessels participating in the Inflatable Regatta, provided the stated safety controls and undertakings detailed in the application form and associated documentation are adhered to.

Parks Victoria

Dated: 26 February 2020

What does my ticket cover?

A fair bit.

Brief list; boat, oars, lifejacket, safety teams, staff to get you on and off the water, sunscreen, live music, permits, water (bring a bottle), great views of inner city Melbourne and a trip down the river with 1000+ other paddlers.

You can do your own inflatable trip on the Yarra or the Maribyrnong any day of the year.

That’s how Inflatable Regatta started, then we realised that people much prefer the equipment and services were organised for them.

So you can turn up in a summer outfit with your ticket and have a day on the river then relax at the finishing area.

What’s not included are drinks at the bar and lunch from the food trucks.

Weight limit for boats?

Total weight limit for each boat is 180kgs.

Up to two people per boat. Rowing in pairs is highly recommended.

What’s at the end? Can friends meet me there?

Food trucks, bar and music. Get all your friends to come down. It’s a great place to relax whether you come to the Yarra or Maribyrnong.

Age restrictions?

If you’re 13 years or older, welcome aboard! If under 18 you need a two person boat with someone over 18.

Apologies if you’re under 12. We asked our insurers about you but they said no.

Can I get out along the way?

There aren’t any comfortable places to get out until you get to the end. If you really need to, yes you can of course, let one of the rescue boat people know so we can tick you off the list.

What if I fall in?!

You’ll be fine. Safety boats will be there to fish you out. Don’t swallow the water. It’s not great to drink. If you do, let one of the event staff know. It’s pretty tough to fall in.

How much does it cost?

$65 + Booking fee – single ride
$120 + Booking Fee – double ride

$20 for Maribyrnong Festival ONLY Pass*

*Festival Pass at Maribyrnong River event on Saturday 5 March 2022 only
The festival only pass includes access to the finish line festival only.
This does not include access to the inflatable regatta on-water activity

How long does it take?

About 2 hours to travel 2 kms down the river.
That’s if you’re paddling every now and again. Many have done it faster.
The river tides times can certainly help or hinder your progress. 
Maribyrnong River Tides – Stronger rowers should consider the time slot between 1pm-3pm as the tide is on the brink of changing during this period making the paddle slightly more difficult, if you book a time slot between 1pm and 3pm you will be required to paddle due to a stronger tide.  Those who book between 9am and 2pm will enjoy a leisurely paddle/float down the Maribyrnong with the assistance of the tide.  Yarra River Tides –  If you book a time slot between 9am-10am you’ll be required to paddle against a soft tide. If you book a time slot at 3pm you’ll need to paddle due to a stronger tide.  Don’t let the challenge deter you!  We have safety vessels on hand ready to assist whenever you need.