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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

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Southbank, Australia
River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
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icon1 hour  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take in a bounty of Melbourne’s highlights along the scenic Yarra River on this narrated sightseeing cruise. Spend a delightful hour aboard a riverboat as you glide under the Princes Bridge and past beautiful river gardens, Herring Island, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and other top cultural attractions.
  • Cruise past Melbourne's scenic gardens and parklands on this one-hour sightseeing cruise
  • Onboard commentary
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
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Complimentary tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
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.
Cruise up the Yarra River that winds through downtown Melbourne on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights of lovely riverbank gardens and Herring Island from an outside sun deck or through panoramic windows from the inside cabin. Guided commentary will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea as you sit back, relax and watch the city go by.

Cruise Highlights Include:
• Herring Island
• Princes Bridge
• The Governor's residence
• Victorian Arts Center
• Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
• Olympic Park
• The Royal Botanic Gardens
• National Tennis Center
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • Cruise duration times and direction are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic.
  • 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 River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during River Gardens Melbourne 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 River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during River Gardens Melbourne 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 River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise.

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star-5
Excellent service
charles_g
, Aug. 2022
This is the first time my daughter and I came on this cruise excellent service very nice 🙏🙏🙏 if I had the chance I would do it again for sure
star-3
Okay
Nathalia_B
, Jul. 2022
The tour it self was ok. But there was water leakage inside the boat. The boat needs a bit of care!!!!
star-5
Beautiful experience!
Fayaz_M
, Jun. 2022
Beautiful sightseeing experience! Loved a bit of history lesson about low bridges. Commentator was funny and professional.
star-1
No go
Sylvio_P
, May 2022
Leaking windows, the captain is too lazy yo open his mouth while talking, you can feel he doesn't want to be there as well.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
A lot of fun
Rismanthy_A
, May 2022
This is the first experience for me and my son he looked so excited and we had a lot of fun, will book for another journey from you viator :)
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-2
Not worth it!!
SAJITHRAJAPPAN_R
, May 2022
Had high expectations but it's was not worth it. The commentary was fun. Only the staffs who were inside the boat seemed friendly.
star-4
Great and the best budget choice.
Lvia_F
, Apr. 2022
It is an amazing trip, with beautiful views. Just the boat that doesn´t have much infrastructure. It is very simple, a normal ferry. But still very nice and beautiful trip!
star-3
The cruise is nice, we...
DivpreetSingh
, Apr. 2022
The cruise is nice, we had issues with the boat which meant we had to wait in the rain for 15-20 minutes.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Great views
shalveen_k
, Mar. 2022
The views along the Yarra was amazing 😻 will definitely do it again when we return to Melbourne soon
star-4
In these times of doom and gloom it was refreshing
Salome_D
, Apr. 2021
The cruise pilot and the lady at the kiosk (ticket counter) had a great sense of humour. Very informative and pleasant to listen to. Service with a smile
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi, Thank you for your review! Glad you were able to enjoy the cruise. We're glad we were able to provide you with an enjoyable service! Come visit us again soon!
star-2
Just ok.
Tania_M
, Mar. 2021
As locals we thought this would be fun. Not only was the time of our cruise changed with no notification but our route too. Lovely views of the industrial areas along the river. Advertised as a garden river tour. No tea or coffee.
star-5
Crew captain was amazing...
Doreen_V
, Mar. 2021
Crew captain was amazing thank u for ur service please keep up the great work my son an I enjoyed the cruise gonna do it again
icon Response from Host , Apr. 2021
Hello Doreen! Thank you so much for your positive feedback! We're glad you enjoyed your sightseeing cruise, and we will make sure to pass your positive comments to our crew captain! Visit us again soon with your son!
star-4
Fun
Sally_T
, Jun. 2020
On our trip we went down river towards the port. It was lots of fun. My 5 year old grandson loved it! The driver of the boat gave an interesting overview of the history of the area. One hour was a good amount of time to spend.
star-3
No Gardens
Desiree_V
, Jan. 2020
It is rather a misnomer, because we didn't see any gardens. It was interesting to see how much had been improved along the Yarra & fortunately the weather was good.
star-3
You can do it once. The round trip...
DeepthiChandan_S
, Nov. 2016
You can do it once. The round trip is just 45 mins. Try the willamstown ferry for a better and longer cruise on the Yarra. The tour guide was quite informative though. Melbourne river cruises office itself has some rude staff and can be unhelpful with their daily changing times, so call ahead.
star-4
They changed the route for our tour...
Donna W
, Jun. 2016
They changed the route for our tour due to a big celebration going on that day, but was still very nice!
star-4
We were surprised at how much we...
Mary K
, Mar. 2016
We were surprised at how much we enjoyed the cruise, so much so that we bought tickets to do the other cruise, down towards Docklands. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.
star-3
Tour was pleasant but not...
George U
, Mar. 2015
Tour was pleasant but not outstanding. Could have included a biscuit with tea or coffee.. Good for first time visitors to Melbourne but not for locals. We had a great day tough.
star-5
great trip, plenty to see, good...
Alan K
, Dec. 2014
great trip, plenty to see, good commentary as to what we were seeing. Staff very helpful and highly recommended.
star-5
Good trip with some great views, and...
Caroline H
, Dec. 2014
Good trip with some great views, and friendly, humourous captain giving a good commentary. Highly recommend.

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