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  • Address: Australia
  • Admission: Free

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 Seafood Lunch Cruise, Melbourne, null
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Melbourne Seafood Lunch Cruise

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Gain a fresh perspective on Melbourne during a 3-hour Yarra River cruise that features a delicious seafood lunch on the double-decker Melbourne Showboat that ...  Read more

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

From USD $61.09
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise, Melbourne, Lunch Cruises
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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

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The City and Williamstown Ferry offers visitors an historic coastal village experience. Cruise past Melbourne's shipping channels on your journey to the old ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 1 - 2 hours

From USD $16.80
Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne, Melbourne, Day Cruises
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Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Cruise the calm waters of the Yarra River, past Melbourne's art, food and shopping precincts towards the Docklands area. Back on land join your premium touring ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.96
Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank, Melbourne, Half-day ... 
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank

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Enjoy a relaxed and informative 3-hour Melbourne city tour by bike, covering about 7.5 miles (12 km) with a guide who introduces you to top sights such as ...  Read more

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

From USD $37.42
Port Phillip Bay Sailing and Yarra River Cruise by Traditional Timber Tall Ship from Melbourne, ... 
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Port Phillip Bay Sailing and Yarra River Cruise by Traditional Timber Tall Ship from Melbourne

Enjoy a breathtaking three hour sailing experience in Melbourne's beautiful Port Phillip Bay. Departing from Docklands, you will sail down the Yarra and out ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.96
Melbourne Burlesque Showboat Cruise, Melbourne, Sailing Trips
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Melbourne Burlesque Showboat Cruise

For a memorable night out, hop aboard The Melbourne Showboat on the Yarra River for an evening cruise that features live burlesque entertainment and delicious ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.69
Half-Day Melbourne Kayak Tour, Melbourne, Night Cruises
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Half-Day Melbourne Kayak Tour

Take a 2.5-hour kayak tour on the Yarra River through central Melbourne. You can either paddle upstream away from the city or downstream into its heart. ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.32
Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous, Melbourne, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous

On this 4-hour guided tour you'll get a look at the wealthy side of Melbourne as you travel through eastern suburbs about 6 miles (10 km) from the central ...  Read more

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

From USD $72.54
2-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire on the Yarra River, Melbourne, City Tours
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2-Hour Self-Drive Boat Hire on the Yarra River

Hop aboard the Harvey A private vessel and self-drive with up to 10-people down the Yarra River. With no boat license required, choose between a morning, lunch ...  Read more

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

From USD $228.31
Australia Day Port Phillip Bay Sailing and Yarra River Cruise by Traditional Timber Tall Ship from ... 
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Australia Day Port Phillip Bay Sailing and Yarra River Cruise by Traditional Timber Tall Ship from Melbourne

Please note: 2016 dates are sold out! Please check back for 2017 dates later in the year. Celebrate Australia Day as you enjoy a breathtaking three hour ...  Read more

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

From USD $67.96

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