The Yarra River flows west for more than 240 km (148 miles) from its source in the Yarra Ranges, through rural and suburban Melbourne to the city center and Docklands, where it empties into Port Phillip Bay. Transport and pedestrian bridges cross the river, and you’ll find some of Melbourne’s most popular golf courses and parklands along its length.

Melbourne was established on the banks of the Yarra River in 1835, and it was a vital source of water and transport for the city's settlers. Today the Yarra River flows past the pedestrian Yarra Promenade and Flinders Street Station in the heart of Melbourne.

Rowers stroke past from the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, and pleasure boats cruise up and down the river. Cycling and walking trails also mirror its path, and there are popular picnic grounds on the suburban fringe at Yarra Bend and Warrandyte.

Practical Info

The best way to see the Yarra River is on the water itself. If sculling a rowing boat doesn't appeal, catch one of the cruise boats moored near Federation Square.

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Melbourne City Sights Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 159 Reviews

Discover the best of Melbourne on a morning sightseeing tour that includes an optional boat cruise along the Yarra River. First travel by comfortable coach to ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 to 5 hours

From USD $54.26

Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 499 Reviews

What could be more unique than a gourmet dinner cruise along Melbourne's Yarra River? Watch the city light up on your three-hour Melbourne dinner cruise and ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.57

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival - Race Day Cruising Package

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Join in the fun and action of the Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival with a Melbourne river cruise to Flemington Racecourse. Enjoy all the excitement of The ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.33

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

Cruise the Yarra river and admire Melbourne's spectacular skyline on a two hour narrated city cruise. Your cruise includes both the down and up river routes, ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.67

2-Day Combo: Melbourne City Tour, Yarra River Cruise and Great Ocean Road Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

See Melbourne's best attractions, cruise on the Yarra River and take a trip down the Great Ocean Road over two days within a seven day period. Spend a day ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Valid for 2 days over a 7 day period.

From USD $182.47

River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Cruise up Melbourne's famous Yarra River and enjoy the sights of Melbourne's scenic gardens, parklands and famous sporting arenas. This one-hour sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.15

Melbourne Kayak Tours

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 19 Reviews

See Melbourne from a unique perspective as you kayak along the Yarra River on this small group tour with no more than 12 participants. Your guide will provide ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $66.22

Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 15 Reviews

Spend a leisurely hour or so cruising down Melbourne's famous Yarra River. Learn about the historical Victoria Docks and the landings of the early settlers on ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.15

Melbourne New Year's Eve Party Cruise

Countdown to 2014 on Melbourne's Yarra River. This is your ticket to the center stage of Melbourne's New Year's Eve celebrations with fabulous food, drinks ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $197.74

Melbourne Christmas Lunch Cruise on the Yarra River

Celebrate Christmas Day with lunch and a cruise on Melbourne's Yarra River. Relax with a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy a leisurely lunch while you take in ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.04

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