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

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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 will take 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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What You Can Expect

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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 2-hour 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’ll 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

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Customer Reviews

Helen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A lovely, relaxing way of seeing a very interesting and different part of Melbourne. The commentary was good and the 4 of us really enjoyed the trip.

Dean P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Absolutely a must do, and value for money for a 2 hour cruise. Great commentary as well. Highly recommend.

Anthony N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Interesting and pleasant trip. Skipper's commentary was entertaining but we struggled to hear at times with the current sound system. All in all great value for money

Karthick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was great. Highly recommend it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour -! Fantastic value

Francis C United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

River cruise was great. Would reco.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Could Not find the Location for our Melbourne Cruise! Therefore we did not experience the Beautiful River and the scenery. Very disappointed, when we arrived to see the cruise on it's way!

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Really enjoyed this cruise. The captain's commentary was excellent.

Stephen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Good way to se the sights

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Our trip to Melbourne was amazing 1st time to Melbourne. The Hilton South Wharf beautiful and great staff will certainly re visit again. Thank you

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