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Yarra River Tours

Melbourne was established on the banks of Australia's Yarra River in 1835, enabling survival for the city's early settlers. Today, the Yarra River is where Melbourne thrives — the heart of the city's social scene, the riverbanks boast public picnic areas, grills, fishing docks, and bike and pedestrian paths frequented by Melbournians and visitors alike. Choose from a number of river cruises that take you past Melbourne's most popular attractions, or walk or bike along the river to discover the city's spirit.

The Basics
Aside from serving as a means of transportation through central Melbourne, the Yarra River offers countless opportunities for recreation. From a romantic dinner cruise to an adventurous kayak tour, you can enjoy the water in whatever fashion floats your boat as you glide through the heart of Victoria's cultural capital. Upriver sightseeing cruises will take you past Federation Square and Princes Walk, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while downriver cruises will pass the Lower Promenade, Crown Casino, and the Westgate Bridge. Other options include taking a walking or bike tour along the Southbank Promenade and Main Yarra Trail, or choosing a comprehensive combo tour that includes a full Melbourne city tour.
  • Tour options are available for every type of traveler, from families of all ages to the adventurous solo explorer.
  • Dress for sunshine and waterway breezes with plenty of sun protection.
  • Melbourne restaurants are generally casual, but travelers should dress to impress at some fine dining options.

How to Get to the Yarra River
Melbourne's Yarra River functions as the city's main artery — it's impossible to miss. In addition to organized city river cruises and sightseeing tours near the water, you can take a hop-on, hop-off water taxi through the canals and access popular stops between the Fenix Restaurant (Abbotsford) and Williamstown, including the Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct, plus Federation Square.

When to Go to the Yarra River
Melbourne has a temperate climate, so visitors can enjoy Yarra River cruises and other attractions in comfort year round. Mark your calendar for special occasions on the river, such as numerous Dragon Boat festivals, New Year's Eve and Christmas events, rowing regattas, and the Moomba Festival in March, featuring water sports competitions.

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Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne, Melbourne, null
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Half-Day Melbourne City Tour Including Yarra River Cruise From Melbourne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 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 $69.57
Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise, Melbourne, Half-day Tours
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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 89 Reviews

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: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.94
2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour, Melbourne, Day Cruises
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2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour

Experience stunning views of Melbourne's skyline on this 2.5-hour kayak paddle along the Yarra River at sunset, led by an experienced, friendly guide. Explore ...  Read more

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

From USD $71.74
Champagne & Seafood Brunch Cruise - A Decadent Spread at High Sea, Melbourne, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Champagne & Seafood Brunch Cruise - A Decadent Spread at High Sea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

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 $57.97
Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank, Melbourne, Lunch ... 
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Melbourne Bike Tour with Coffee and Drinks Including Yarra River and Southbank

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

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 $50.00
Melbourne Cup Carnival: Spring Racing Day Cruise Package, Melbourne, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Melbourne Cup Carnival: Spring Racing Day Cruise Package

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 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 $194.93
Melbourne Burlesque Showboat Cruise, Melbourne, Sporting Events & Packages
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Melbourne Burlesque Showboat Cruise

For a memorable night out, hop aboard Melbourne's longest running Burlesque event, The Burlesque Showboat invites you to join us for a fine evening ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Melbourne, Night Cruises
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Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyles 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 $68.84
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 $216.67
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 $71.02

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