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Southbank, Australia
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Melbourne’s history and highlights on this guided Yarra River cruise. Float past the city’s towering skyscrapers and lovely urban gardens while learning about the transformation of this vibrant city from 19th-century port town to a modern cultural capital. Your sightseeing cruise takes you upriver and downriver for a scenic overview of attractions on both banks.
  • Cruises downriver to the port and upriver away from the city
  • Opportunities to photograph Melbourne's skyline and port from the water
  • Onboard commentary with insights into Melbourne's history
  • Panoramic windows provide unparalleled views plus protection from wind or rain
  • Sun deck for outdoor river cruising
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Commentary
Drinks (tea and coffee)
Yarra River Cruise
No food or drinks are sold on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Melbourne River Cruises , Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing

This activity will end right where it started.
Take in Melbourne’s highlights from a unique vantage point on the scenic Yarra River. Learn about the history of this modern metropolis on a narrated tour as you glide past beautiful gardens, historic buildings, and ultramodern skyscrapers.

Enjoy the sights from your boat’s sundeck or through panoramic windows from the inside cabin, where you can enjoy complimentary coffee or tea. At the end of the round-trip journey, you have a wonderful overview of Melbourne’s history and layout to help you plan the rest of your time in Victoria’s welcoming capital.

Downriver Highlights:
• Docklands
• Crown Entertainment Complex
• West Gate Bridge
• 19th-century sailing ship Polly Woodside
• World Congress Center and Trade Center
• Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct
• Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center

Upriver Highlights:
• Princes Bridge
• Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
• The Governor's residence
• Olympic Park
• Herring Island
• Royal Botanic Gardens
• Victorian Arts Center spire
• National Tennis Center
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Melbourne River Cruises
Embark your cruise from lively Southbank
Pass By:  
Yarra River
Cruise along Melbourne's iconic river and learn of the history and culture of one of the world's most livable cities.
Pass By:  
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
MCG part of the Melbourne sports precinct that also includes AAMI Park, Olympic Park, Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Arena
Pass By:  
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens
Pass By:  
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cruise past the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and nearby Crown Entertainment Complex
Pass By:  
Docklands
See stunning views of the city before travelling to the Docklands and Docklands Stadium
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the travel date is only required as an indication within 3 months from booking confirmation date
  • Note: Passengers may bring a small amount of snacks and drinks on board
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Unfortunately the vessel is NOT wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the vessel on their own and if the wheelchair is collapsible. The staff are not permitted to assist handicapped persons due to insurance restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 78 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Melbourne River Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of Melbourne Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of Melbourne Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of Melbourne Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Highlights of Melbourne Cruise.

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  • "We did feel a bit hard done by - a one hour cruise for the price of a two hour cruise." See review

Reviews

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277 reviews

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star-5
Beautiful views
Jyothi_M
, May 2022
Beautiful views and great commentary. We got an extra hour tour to see Williams town. I would certainly recommend to all
star-4
Melbourne is always wonderful place to 👍
Loan_P
, May 2022
Ít was wary good tour that I would like to recommend to tourists ... I agree That we can discover the best views of what Melbourne has to offer on the tour All the best & Thank you for looking after us. See you next time Best regards Pkl
star-4
Great trip
Imelda_C
, May 2022
Meeting Pam from Gavin & Stacy The guy driving the boat aka tour guide.. the fab scenery on the Yara River estuary.. nite bout the coffee though
star-5
Very pleasant happy experience
Lyndall_M
, May 2022
Very relaxing and informative with pleasant staff Passengers seem to be happy and enjoying the experience
star-3
2 hours a bit much , otherwise pleasant
Madhuri_K
, Apr. 2022
Travelled with a toddler , picked the 11.00 am slot for a 2 hr cruise. Though we started at 11 sharp it was around 1.20 by the time we were done and honestly it was a bit much… toddler, partner, parents were all kinda done with the novelty of it all and it kinda made us all restless to get off more than anything else. And overwrote the otherwise pleasant experience. There was only so much commentary as only so much to talk about. If we were to do it again would restrict it to 1 hour cruise and only the dockland side.
star-1
Boat broke down
Barry_C
, Apr. 2022
Boat broke down - boarding was 15 minutes late and then cruise cut short for an hour - 1 hour trip instead of 2 hours - no apology
star-5
Great
Jenifer_D
, Apr. 2022
The cruise was great. However, whilst booking in Melb. thru this site I didnt realise it was in USA $
star-4
Great attraction
Peter_K
, Apr. 2022
Weather was beautiful, commentary was excellent - just right up and down river. Captain sounded knowledgeable and professional. However, booking stipulates "coffe and tea available" included in the price - this was neither seen, mentioned nor available 😔 should not be advertised if it's not part of the deal.
star-2
Not what we paid for
liz_c
, Apr. 2022
We booked a 2 hour down river cruise. We got a one hour up river cruise. With a " hop off for half an hour then come back and we will tell you if we are going downriver" Disappointing
star-5
The crew were friendly...
Jacqueline_C
, Mar. 2022
The crew were friendly witty and informative, which made a pleasant experience on board. They made you feel safe and is a great way to see parts of melbourne
star-4
It was amazing to see and...
Helena_S
, Mar. 2022
It was amazing to see and hear information of the details of iconic bridges, and buildings in Melbourne. It make everything much more serial than just to see it in books or photo's. Great experience, Thank you
star-4
Yarra River Cruise
Kim_B
, Mar. 2022
The boat captain was funny and knowledgeable and was a great ambassador for this beautiful city. The tour was a highlight of our bucket list trips
star-5
A great afternoon!
Jo_W
, Mar. 2022
The history told by the captain was really interesting. He was very knowledgeable and delivered the material beautifully
star-5
Weather was glorious and...
Wendy_M
, Feb. 2022
Weather was glorious and the skipper was full of interesting little snippets of information. Loved it
star-5
We just loved the cruise...
Julia_N
, Feb. 2022
We just loved the cruise and the commentary. It was good to appreciate the Yarra and its development. The ride was just lovely. Thank you River Cruises. Great hospitality
star-3
Interesting
Kerry_W
, Jan. 2022
Very difficult to hear the commentary that was unfortunately having to be spoken through a mask. It was still really interesting.
star-5
Yarra river cruise
PETER_S
, Jan. 2022
The ride it was great and the people who run the boat were great it was a great day on the river would do it again
star-4
Yarra River Cruise
Deborah_C
, Dec. 2021
It was a pleasant ride. The Captain was very informative and explained about the buildings we were passing.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience on the Yarra!
Barry_Y
, May 2021
Being on the Yarra and seeing the land area from that perspective. Also, the commentary was very informative and engaging and, even though I lived in Melbourne for 30 years, I learned a lot from it. (My only criticism is that it would have been good to have more about the Aborigines of the Yarra at the time of European settlement).
star-3
Good, but a bit unprofessional/too informal.
CMF
, May 2021
I love the different perspective you get from the river. The factual comments the captain gave were very interesting, but there was too much “waffle” about himself. A personal note is great, but his jokes were nearly “cringy “. A lot of areas/buildings, etc were not commentated on at all because he was still talking about something from five minutes before. Would be excellent if it was a bit more professional.
1 traveller found this review helpful

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