Drift Boat Trips



  • Our most relaxing and de-stressing service. You’ll lose all sense of time and ‘the outside world’, as you concentrate on watching your drifting fly and taking in the sights and sounds of the river.
  • If you have limited time to fish, the drift boat will give you the best opportunity of catching fish on any given day. We typically drift 15 – 25km of river.
  • We are the only professional drift boat service on the Goulburn River, with 28 years of full-time incident-free operation.
  • We have the very best of the local guides on our roster, and we can show you an amazing day out; all within day-tripping distance of Melbourne.
  • We offer half day (5 hour) and full day (8 hour) drift boat trips on the Goulburn River.
  • Multiday, multiboat trips a specialty. Let us design a customised itinerary of drift boat and/or walk/wade fishing for your group. We can also arrange accommodation from comfortable hotel rooms to upmarket private homesteads.
  • Scheduled multi-day trips on offer here on the Goulburn or in N.S.W. with our Tailrace Grandlsam trip.
  • We can often cater to last-minute inquiries and be on the water ready to fish within 30 minutes of being contacted.
  • Our trips include a professional guide (rowing) and imported drift boat, drinking water, tea and coffee (at cooler times of the year) and use of any gear.
  • We cater to all fly fishers of any age. Our youngest angler this year was 10 and our most senior was 90.
  • You need to be able to cast 10 – 15 metres to make the most of your day. The drift boat is not suitable for beginner fly fishers.
  • We guarantee you’ll have a memorable day and have zero snake encounters.
  • All the right flies are provided but lost flies are billed at standard shop prices.
  • Read our TripAdvisor reviews and learn why we are Australia’s best drift boat operation.


The best way to fish the Goulburn River is from a drift boat.


Fish the Goulburn River from one of our drift boats


Fishing from a drifting boat is one of the most pleasurable ways to fly fish for trout and we have been running float trips on the Goulburn River on a daily basis since 1994. Originally starting out with inflatable rafts, we quickly switched to the more maneuverable and comfortable fibreglass drift boats. We now have six boats in total.

Drift boats are extremely comfortable and safe when being rowed by an expert guide, allowing those on board to explore the river and fish literally thousands of likely spots with ease. Backwaters and off-river lagoons offer superb sight fishing to cruising trout, and mid-river gravel bars, inaccessible to the bank angler, offer the chance to fish water that is simply out of reach to wading anglers.

While floating, the fly fisher has access to both banks, and because the cast is often parallel with the current, the fly can run free of drag, often for thirty metres or more. Our boats may cover up to 25 kilometres of river in a day, unfolding a feast of countless fish-holding features such as bubble lines, runs in the centre of the river, high impassable banks, outer edges of willow trees, backwaters,  steep-edged hopper banks, side-channels and gravel bars; nearly all of which are inaccessible to the wading angler.

Over the past two and a half decades we have developed a vast array of skills and techniques for fishing the Goulburn from a drift boat. While much of it was learned here on our home waters through hard work and trial and error; we are also influenced by our time spent fishing with the best guides in places like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Fishing for trout from a drift boat in these locations, often for months at a time during the southern hemisphere winter, ensures that we are always evolving and keeping up with the latest flies and techniques.

Frequently, four or five rods will be rigged to cover the gamut of situations that may arise. A float trip on the Goulburn could see you doing everything from stalking a backwater cruiser with a beetle, to nymphing a mid-river gravel bar; from slapping a streamer into an undercut bank, to carefully presenting delicate dries to a fish sipping spent spinners on the evening rise.

Drift boat trips on the Goulburn River are available every day. We guide on all public holidays, except for Christmas Day, and are available at any time of the day, on any day of the week.

Our float trips are extremely popular and while you can often walk in off the street and be on the water within 30 minutes, our advice is to book ahead where possible. Half Day and Full Day drifts are available every day of the season, with the start/end time dictated by your personal needs/schedule.

There’s room on our boats for two anglers plus the guide, meaning you can bring a friend with you. Non-fishing partners are more than welcome to come along. It is a very pleasant way to spend an afternoon; ‘watching the world go by’ from the back of the boat. If you wish to drift with a larger group of friends, we simply use more boats.

As with all our guided/teaching trips, we will supply any gear that you do not have.
While your guide will work hard all day to put you in front of fish, strict attention to safety is our highest priority. Since commencing operations in 1994, we have not had a single safety incident.

All GVFFC trips have a strict catch and release policy. This is to help ensure the river’s moderate stocks of fish are maintained. We will however, ensure that you get photos of your fish. Done properly, the fish is released unharmed and the moment is preserved forever.

All float trips include a professionally accredited guide to both row the drift boat and ensure that you have the best fishing experience possible on the day. Terminal tackle is supplied (tippets/flies), but lost flies are billed at the standard shop rate. We also provide plenty of cold drinking water, transport and use of any gear that you don’t have, on a replace if broken basis.

All clients are supplied with a top of the range inflatable P.F.D. ($500) and a brief talk on safety is done at the beginning of each drift. Self-inflating P.F.D.s can be supplied on request, but users are responsible if they set one off, including falling into the river due to their own actions or dropping them into water. The base cost of shipping, reconditioning and certifying is $150 per P.F.D.

Drift Boat Prices

  • Half Day – 5 hours — TOTAL PRICE PER BOAT $650 — for either 1 or 2 anglers
  • Full Day – 8 hours — TOTAL PRICE PER BOAT $850 — 1 or 2 for either anglers  – inc.  lunch.
    • A $50 discount is offered to those paying their balance in cash on the day of the trip.
    • All guided trips include use of gear (if required) and all flies. They also include drinking water and coolers for you to store your lunch in.
      We no longer supply food due to the rising cost food, fuel, insurance, flies etc. This is a way of limiting any price increases. If you would prefer that we source food for you, we can have meals or sandwiches made up locally and collect them on your behalf. Coolers are provided on all trips to store any food you may wish to bring.
    • Flies are supplied but not included. Lost flies are charged at the standard shop rate, bringing us into line with every other drift boat operation world-wide.
    • Scenic drifts include drinking water and a pair of binoculars for bird and platypus viewing. Learn more here.

Please note that our listed prices are for the service advertised – not per person. For example if you book a half day drift boat trip at $650 the price is $650 for the boat and guide irrespective of whether one or two people went along. Meaning if you booked it 1:1, it would be $650. If you booked with a friend it would be $650 split two ways –  or $325 each.

These prices are subject to change and will be reviewed on July 1, 2023.

Accommodation options ranging from inexpensive to upmarket are available to suit all tastes and budgets.

Phone us on 03 5773 2513  or 0418 995 611 to discuss the options. We are available to chat from 8am – 10pm, every day.

Please read our Cancellation Policy before making a booking. ;-)


A great Goulburn fish is the reward for doing everything right.
Lunch is eaten on the boat, usually in a shady spot. A day out on the drift boat is the most de-stressing experience we offer.
The drift boat fishing season starts on the first Saturday in September, and ends on the Monday of the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend in June.
90% of the fishing is with dry flies and we sight many of the fish before we cast to them.

Please scroll down to see some more pics from our drift boat trips

The Goulburn is one the prettiest rivers in Australia and has some of the best fly fishing as well. It fishes well at all levels.
The view upstream from Gilmore’s Bridge.

Drift boating the Goulburn River
Drift boating the Goulburn River