The Enterprize is the replica of John Pascoe Fawkner’s Schooner Enterprize, the ship that sailed from Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) in 1835 with the first permanent European settlers who started what has become the City of Melbourne.
The Enterprize is a not-for-profit organisation, with over 100 volunteers and a handful of staff who provide an 1830s sailing experience for all with an adventurous spirit and an interest in Melbourne’s – and Victoria’s – maritime past.
Kids are bound to have a ball aboard this spectacular vessel: it is traditional that all children must find, and then ring, the ship’s bell upon coming aboard. (But only one ring each, and nobody is allowed to tell the location of the bell!) They can also take on the ultimate challenge – finding the steering wheel! Once they’ve found it, they can even learn how to steer the ship and help out the crew.
Parental supervision is a must at all times when aboard The Enterprize. Please avoid bringing large prams on board where possible – there is limited space on deck. If your pram can fold up, the crew will stow it below for you if neccesary.
Sails on offer include: Public Day Sails, Public Evening Sails, Overnight Adventure Sails, Four Hour Day Cruises, Offshore (coastal) Voyages, School Education Programs, Sail Training Voyages, and Private Charters.
The Enterprize sails regularly from Docklands and Williamstown, so keep an eye on our What’s On page for special family-friendly events!