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Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise

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Southbank, Australia
Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise
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icon1 hour  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Enjoy a new perspective of Melbourne’s port and Docklands area as you cruise down the Yarra River toward Hobson’s Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s history as a 19th-century port town while watching the sights go by on this narrated tour.
  • Opportunities to photograph Melbourne's skyline and port from the water
  • Onboard commentary
  • Panoramic windows provide unparalleled views plus protection from wind or rain
  • Sun deck for outdoor river cruising
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Tea and Coffee
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
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.
The history of Melbourne centers on its strategic location where the Yarra River empties into Port Phillip Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlement and its evolution from a 19th-century boomtown to the largest port in the Southern Hemisphere on this leisurely river cruise.

Relax as you cruise downriver past ultramodern skyscrapers and the active Docklands area, taking in the sights from an outside sundeck or through panoramic windows inside the cabin.

Cruise Highlights:
• Westgate Bridge
• Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct
• Crown Entertainment Complex
• 19th-century sailing ship Polly Woodside
• Shipping channels and dock area
• World Congress Center and Trade Center
• Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise duration times are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic
  • Cruise direction and timetable subject to tidal conditions and river closures
  • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
  • Restroom available on board
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 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 Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing 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 Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.
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What is the social distancing policy during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing 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 Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise.

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star-5
Such a relaxing trip,...
Kath_D
, Mar. 2022
Such a relaxing trip, meandering through the ports. I learnt so much about the history, thanks to the amazing commentary. Thank you so much
star-5
Lovely experience for my...
Sunaina_M
, Feb. 2022
Lovely experience for my birthday - took the 3pm cruise and the weather was perfect on the deck. Thankyou!
star-1
Terrible Tour
ariana_A
, Apr. 2020
The tour guide was terrible, he was an embittered, who didn’t even tried to make people have a good time. The tour in general mostly focuses on the industrial part of Melbourne not in the city itself which is not interesting and relevant for most of the tourists.
star-4
Melbourne in perspective from the water.
Leonie_J
, Sep. 2019
i thoroughly enjoyed the hour round to Docklands even though the weather wasn't perfect. The only thing that would have made the journey complete and more informative would have been if there was a running commentary of the history of the various sites and some history of the past along the waterways. There is so much that could have been said to put it in perspective.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip. Boat skipper very funny...
JOHN W
, Apr. 2018
Great trip. Boat skipper very funny during his commentary. My original booking was for the port and docks but due to a high tide they offered me the alternate cruise up river which I accepted. When we returned and tied up, the river level had dropped enough to allow the boat under the bridge and they offered me a free trip which I took. Once again enjoyed myself.
star-5
Who knew the docks of Melbourne...
Cathleen T
, Aug. 2017
Who knew the docks of Melbourne could house such beautiful scenery and condos! Very relaxing trip and informative. Melbourne is truly a diverse community and this trip makes you appreciate that!
star-5
The trip was great! Lots of informative...
Malcolm T
, May 2016
The trip was great! Lots of informative and funny commentary. We even got an upgrade to the Williamstown tour because we were very early for the Port trip.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
The sightseeing cruise was a great...
Paul F
, Mar. 2016
The sightseeing cruise was a great way to see this part of Melbourne. We really enjoyed it and for the price this was a great value. Going through the port towards the docklands was fantastic seeing the HUGE barges and cruise ships.
star-4
It was a very pleasant and restful...
john v
, Jan. 2015
It was a very pleasant and restful activity. Unfortunately we booked and paid twice for the trip we went on so are hoping to be reimbursed the second payment.
star-3
the tour was good, the information...
Hasitha D
, May 2014
the tour was good, the information was very detailed and included a good account of the history of Melbourne and the locations along the river. Unfortunately I booked the port and docklands tour but managed to get the upstream cruise to the Herring island due to water level being to high to port side, was looking forward to see the port and docks.
star-1
While booking the Docklands and...
Salil S
, Jan. 2014
While booking the Docklands and Port Melbourne cruise we saw on viator website that the last tour was at 4:30 pm on weekends. I booked the same for a group of 5 people via direct phone call to viator office. I specifically asked the person on the line to confirm if the 4:30 pm is indeed running. I was told straightaway that it was, no worries, so went ahead and booked that time. I was also told to reach the departure point at 4 pm. Upon actually reaching there, found that the on the spot office was closed just before 4 pm. We waited there till the previous cruise returned as there was no one else to talk to there. The boat captain told us that 3:30 pm is the last tour. I was shocked to say the least at the way I had been assured by the viator person that 4:30 pm was the last tour. We were a group of 5 people coming from different suburbs in Melbourne, and were hugely inconvenienced with this just because viator were not in synch with Melbourne Cruises. Had to plan again to visit the place about 3 hours in advance to finally be able to ride the cruise.
star-4
Joined family and friends on the...
Adel A
, Nov. 2013
Joined family and friends on the cruise along the yarra, the experience was delightful and the kids really enjoyed themselves, the staff were very friendly and entertaining. The complimentary tea and coffee was and add extra, overall very pleased with the cruise experience, will definitely do it again.
star-3
It was interesting and informative...
Stephen D
, Aug. 2013
It was interesting and informative. The fellows running the ship were helpful and had terrific manners. Thank you.
star-2
When we arrived they said they...
Yvette T
, Jan. 2012
When we arrived they said they couldn't get us on the 3:30pm cruise, even though we specifically booked it with Viator for 3:30pm. MElbourne cruises said that's not their fault as we didn't book directly with them.... after reshuffling other people, they got us on board, however, the nice long river boat we should have been on had an issue with the motor, so we had to go on an old, small, damaged boat with limited outdoor seating and no commentary if you were lucky enough to sit outside. We travelled just the other side of the Baulty Bridge and back..... overall uninspiring and very expensive for the experience. I wouldn't book this again.
star-5
views were spectacular, narrator was...
Rowena O
, Dec. 2010
views were spectacular, narrator was excellent. would definitely recommend to a traveller
star-2
Its South Gate, not South Bank! We...
Tania B
, Oct. 2009
Its South Gate, not South Bank! We found it with help. We got there, but our cruise wasn't running, so they gave us a free upgrade to go on a longer cruise. That was the good point. The boat doesn't have seating fixed in place just chairs, luckily the boat ride isn't rough. It had serve yourself coffee and tea. The tea was very nice. It had a toilet so that was good! Our trip to Williamstown was an interesting one! The person washing the boat and the driver seemed to be a bit off. They were very rude. When we took off he pointed out sights in Melbourne that were broken like the big Ferris wheel and how much it cost and what a waste of money. Then he kept pointing out things like the two towers either side of a bridge, with a cost of X amount total rubbish. He told off the rowers on the river in a derogatory manner. He told off a fisher man fishing off a wharf we were coming to in a derogatory manner. We were wondering what sort of cruise we had booked. We were not impressed! I wish I knew the name of these persons I would certainly complain to the manager. But I wasn't game to get their names in case we were told off. Our trip on the way back was much better! The driver and his co-driver were much better! They pointed out sights of Melbourne giving us historic information and trivia information about the different things and bridges. Nice ferry ride back to Melbourne, but being a person from Sydney these cruises could really lift their game! And have boats with fixed seating.
star-4
It was a really nice way to spend the...
Malie N
, Feb. 2009
It was a really nice way to spend the morning. The staff were really helpful and friendly.
star-4
This trip was great. You get a totally...
Debra D
, Jan. 2009
This trip was great. You get a totally different view from the water than you do from the roads and bridges. The captain was very informative, he knew the local history well and his commentary created a pleasant atmosphere. Great value for money.
star-2
The boat was hopeless to get on and...
Carol H
, Feb. 2008
The boat was hopeless to get on and off. Many people complained they weren't sure if we could all get on! The trip itself was good but I would not recommend it to anyone because of facilities or lack there of.
star-4
This is a wonderful way to see parts of...
Gary C
, Jan. 2008
This is a wonderful way to see parts of Melbourne that you don't see on walks. The Williamstown cruise is a must-do, the scenery is so beautiful. Skip the on board coffee; you have to get it yourself and it's bad. Leave the coffee break for when you dock in Williamstown and enjoy a lovely coffee and meal at one of many well priced cafes or restaurants.

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