The Alexander Stewart is a classic wooden ketch. Hand built by a father and son, it has been passed for three generations. For those with a taste for adventure, this is an opportunity to experience something truly unique. Docked at Melbourne’s Victoria Harbour; close to the city centre, this ‘boatique’ bed & breakfast offers guests an unforgettable stay on a traditional tall ship. We invite you to come and discover your inner sailor and explore the rich history of this much loved vessel.
Forget the bore of hotel rooms and overpriced hostel dorms, and book an unforgettable stay on a traditional tallship. Camp on deck under the stars, book a bunk in the forepeak, or treat yourself to a private cabin. Whether you are travelling, looking for a local escape or in town for business, this is the perfect opportunity to spice up your stay in this fabulous city.
Sixty foot long and crafted by hand, the Alexander Stewart is a classic wooden ketch tallship that will charm you at first sight. Built over 18 years by a father and son, it has been passed down three generations, and has sailed as many states along the east coast of Australia. For twelve years, the Alexander Stewart chartered the Whitsunday Islands, but now it has found a new home in the Melbourne City Docklands, where it operates as a ‘boatique’ bed and breakfast, with afternoon cruises of Port Phillip Bay on summer weekends.
This is a truly unique experience for those seeking something a little different from the ordinary. But beware - this is a sailing boat; there are no luxurious bath tubs or walk-in closets, and the toilet and shower are squeezed in the same little room. Instead, it has character, charm, romance and a hint of old pirate ship cheek. You will need to climb, you will need to duck and you may end up walking the plank. So bring rum, bring wine, and join our crew for an experience like no other, as we invite you to come and discover the life of a sailor and explore the rich history of this much loved vessel.
The design of the Alexander Stewart features nine private cabins (accomodating up to 14 people), a small kitchen, a saloon and library and two bathrooms. Sailors are minimalistic people, so leave behind the large suitcases and unnecessary items as they simply will not fit in the compact cabins. The beds are cropped to the shape of the hull and only few stretch beyond 6ft. The open deck is the perfect opportunity to relax with a glass of wine while you watch the spectacular sunsets, or retreat to the hammock to delve into that book you have been meaning to finish.
You will have access to all areas of the boat at all times, including the kitchen which has a fridge, gas stove and the essentials. Breakfast is provided daily and WIFI is available from the main deck. There is no curfew, however I do ask for all guests to be respectful of each other and reduce noise after 11pm.
We have multiple cabin options available to book which include:
Camping on deck - $25pp/night
Single bed in twin share room - from $42/night
Private twin share (2 single beds) - $86/night
Private Single (double bed) - $70/night
Private Double (double bed) =$100/night
The Alexander Stewart is my home, I will be here to welcome you when you arrive and show you around. I will be available to help you out with anything you need during your stay and answer any questions you may have. I’m very friendly and approachable and more then willing to recommend things to do, see and eat in Melbourne.
The Docklands is the heart of Melbourne city and home of Etihad Stadium. The boat is located in the Victoria Harbour precinct which is bustling with restaurants, bars and cafes with spectacular views of the harbour. Surrounded by multiple shopping precincts and markets, and just a short tram ride to the city centre. this is the ultimate location to make the most out of your stay in Melbourne.
There is a free tram service that operates throughout the city and is accessible just a minutes walk from the boat on the Esplanade. The service also offers a guided city tour on one of Melbourne's oldest trams. Airport transfers, local and regional trains, busses and trams are accessible from Southern Cross station which is located across the road. There are multiple undercover parking lots close by as well as free street parking overnight.
This is not your typical bed and breakfast. Mobility is required to move around the boat and there is no disabled access. Physically large people or those who are claustrophobic may struggle to find comfort inside the boat.
The marine toilet systems are much smaller then a regular size toilet and have a noisy flush.
The cabin doors do not lock so please avoid bringing valuables or keep them on you. There is a gate at the jetty to the boat that stays closed.
THE BOAT WILL SET SAIL EVERY SUNDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 2PM AND 6PM INCLUDING SATURDAY AFTERNOONS DURING MARCH. THIS MEANS YOU WILL NEED TO TEMPORARILY VACATE THE BOAT DURING THESE TIMES. YOUR BELONGINGS WILL STAY SAFE AND SECURE WITHIN YOUR CABIN DURING THIS TIME. YOU MAY BOOK ONTO THESE SAILING CHARTERS AT AN EXTRA COST OF $89 ADULTS AND $39 CHILDREN THROUGH MELBOURNE SAILING ADVENTURES