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Yarra River Tours

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Yarra River
The Yarra River winds its way through Melbourne’s Central Business District (CBD) plus a number of suburbs. In the city, bars, restaurants, and parks thrive along its banks, bringing locals and tourists together. Numerous festivals and sporting events take place on the Yarra, including the famous Moomba Festival and rowing regattas.

The Basics
The Yarra River boasts a number of activities for visitors to enjoy. There are tours for every type of traveler ranging from sightseeing cruises to cabaret dinner cruises to an adventurous kayak tour along the river. See riverside landmarks such as Crown Casino, Federation Square, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Cricket Ground, and the Ian Potter Centre.

For those who want to stay on land, walking and bike tours explore the banks of the Yarra River at a leisurely pace. Walk or peddle along the Southbank Promenade or the Main Yarra Trail for a closer look at Melbourne’s green spaces, bike paths, and numerous shops and restaurants that grace the banks.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk along the Yarra’s long esplanade.
  • The area’s weather can change at any moment, so bring layers and an umbrella to be prepared. 
  • The river offers some of the most picturesque views in the city, so come prepared with your camera.

How to Get There
Set in the center of Melbourne, the Yarra can’t be missed. In addition to sightseeing cruises, visitors can navigate the river with hop-on hop-off cruises that offer many stops in between Williamstown and Abbotsford. Some notable stops along the route include Southgate, Federation Square, and the Docklands, so you can see as much of Melbourne as possible.

When to Get There
Visitors can access the best of the Yarra River year-round, but there are a few special occasions that are worth a visit: the Dragon Boat Festival in June, Christmas and New Year’s Events, the Moomba Festival in March, and numerous sporting events throughout the year. 

The River of Culture
Melbourne is Australia’s cultural capital and that means the Yarra is full of history. Check out some of the art museums along its banks, learn about Aboriginal culture and heritage on a river walk, discover thousands of plant species at the Royal Botanic Gardens, or stroll by some Australia’s most famous sporting venues.
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Melbourne: 2hr Skipper Yourself On Yarra River (No Licence Needed)Day Cruises

Melbourne: 2hr Skipper Yourself On Yarra River (No Licence Needed)

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Hire your own electric boat and cruise down the Yarra River to get a different view of Melbourne. Each boat can fit up to nine passengers, so grab your friends, family, and even your dog for a relaxing session on the river. Sail through the Docklands, past Flinders Street and the Crown, and much more over the course of your excursion.
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Highlights of Melbourne CruiseDay Cruises

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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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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 takes you upriver and downriver for a scenic overview of attractions on both banks.
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Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra CruiseHalf-day Tours

Melbourne Laneways, Arcades and City Morning Tour with Optional Yarra Cruise

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Spend a delightful morning exploring top Melbourne sights from aboard a comfortable coach. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from your informative driver and guide as you explore highlights such as Queen Victoria Market, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Parliament House, and Cook’s Cottage. To extend your sightseeing, upgrade for an optional cruise along the scenic Yarra River.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner CruiseNight Cruises

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Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise

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Spend an evening on the Yarra River during this Melbourne dinner cruise. As you admire the twinkling city lights reflecting on the water, enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal inclusive of beverages. This fine dining experience includes beer, wine, and spirits, as well as coffee, tea, dessert, port, and a cheese plate. Cruise past attractions like Federation Square and the Royal Botanic Gardens while soaking up the elegant and relaxing atmosphere of the boat.
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Melbourne: 1.5hr Skipper Yourself On Yarra River (No Licence Needed)Day Cruises

Melbourne: 1.5hr Skipper Yourself On Yarra River (No Licence Needed)

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Price is per boat, fits up to 9 people. You don't need to have a boat licence or be an old salty to skipper yourself and explore Melbourne's spectacular Yarra River in our easy-to-operate electric boats. Get your crew of up to 9 people and see Melbourne from amazing new perspective. • No boat licence required  • Up to 9 people • Bring your own snacks & drinks • Suitable for all ages • Dog friendly!
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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry CruiseFerries

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

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Cruise from Melbourne to the historic seaport city of Williamstown while soaking up the sights along the Yarra River. Spend as much time as you like in Williamstown, where you can browse art galleries, explore local seafaring history or enjoy a coffee or meal at one of the many charming cafés. Customize your cruise options and travel one-way in either direction or take a round-trip cruise for a delightful day trip.
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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

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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.
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Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

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Port of Melbourne and Docklands Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy a new perspective of Melbourne’s port and Docklands area as you cruise down the Yarra River toward Hobson’s Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s history as a 19th-century port town while watching the sights go by on this narrated tour.
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Melbourne Balloon Flight at SunriseHalf-day Tours

Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

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Get an enchanting new perspective on Melbourne aboard a hot air balloon flight over the city at sunrise. Soar over modern skyscrapers, urban parks, famous sporting arenas, and the Yarra River as early morning light bathes the skyline in a rosy glow. After your unforgettable flight, toast the new day with an optional champagne breakfast.
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Melbourne Complete Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Melbourne Complete Walking Tour

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Join our tour guides for a walk through Australia’s culture capital and learn what makes this city great and so much more. When you arrive, you'll explore Melbourne with a local who can share the history of the city as well as point out things to do after your walking tour is done. Walks 101 tour guides want to show you the real Melbourne – the city we know and love. Your tour will stop for a coffee and conclude near the Old Melbourne Gaol, where you learn about Australia’s most infamous bush ranger. After your tour is finished, your guide will brings the group to a classic Australian pub where you can experience traditional Aussie food.
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2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak TourOther Water Sports

2.5-Hour Melbourne Sunset Kayak Tour

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Experience Melbourne at sunset from the water on a 2.5-hour kayak tour on the Yarra River. Your guide takes you around Victoria Harbour and along Southbank where you pause to see the fire-ball display at Crown Casino. Enjoy an on-the-water dinner of fish and chips, then see downtown Melbourne before your tour ends next to Princess Bridge. Includes guide, use of equipment, light dinner, and kayak tour.
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Private Tour: Melbourne City DiscoveryPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Melbourne City Discovery

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Explore vibrant, multi-cultural Melbourne with a private guide and an itinerary customised to suit your interests. Admire architectural landmarks like the Town Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Parliament House; learn about the city’s fascinating colonial history; or stroll around the idyllic botanical gardens. Alternatively, visit beachside St Kilda, browse the shops of the Block Arcade or Chapel Street, or discover ‘Little Italy’ in the Carlton district. This 4-hour tour includes hotel pick-up and morning tea.
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Yarra River Christmas CruiseHalf-day Tours

Yarra River Christmas Cruise

Stunning views and scenery with our Melbourne river cruise service. Fancy something a little different? How about a party on the Yarra River? Why not try one of our Christmas boat cruises around Melbourne? Impress your friends and colleagues with the best Yarra River cruise for a unique night out that they’ll never forget.
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Central Melbourne Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Central Melbourne Walking Tour

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Get the inside scoop on Melbourne’s history and highlights on this entertaining walking tour. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlers and how the city transitioned from a 19th-century port town to Victoria’s modern capital. Your local guide leads you through central Melbourne’s iconic laneways and arcades and fills you in on landmarks like Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, and Hosier Lane.
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Melbourne Sports Experience and MCG TourHalf-day Tours

Melbourne Sports Experience and MCG Tour

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Starting from the heart of the city we walk along the Yarra River into Melbourne's world famous sporting precinct exploring over 150 years of sports history ranging from the Olympics, cricket, Australian football, rugby, tennis through to horseracing, F1, surfing and golf. We finish with a guided tour inside the MCG, visiting behind the scenes locations such as the players change rooms, the famous Long Room and the media centre.
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Private Romantic Melbourne Dinner Cruise for 2Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Romantic Melbourne Dinner Cruise for 2

Indulge and enjoy a private dinner cruise on Melbourne's spectacular Yarra River for you and your partner.
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Melbourne PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Melbourne PRIVATE Tour

Elegant Victorian buildings, dazzling modern developments, and a famous coffee scene to explore; Melbourne is a magical place! On this private tour, get ready to discover the best highlights the city has to offer, as well as its unique hidden gems with your favorite local. Get ready to experience Melbourne the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origins, history, and contemporary culture of Melbourne. Hear about the city’s Victorian roots as you wander around its heritage sites, gaze up at the world’s tallest residential building, and experience a nostalgic visit to the Australian Music Exhibition. Follow your local host along the banks of the Yarra River to seek out sculptures as you look out at the skyline. Wander across the bridges, spot fascinating details in shops and hotels, and visit the monumental St Paul’s Cathedral. Stroll through the murals of Hosier Street and hear about what happened to those on AC/DC Street.
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A full day in Melbourne with a local: private & personalizedFull-day Tours

A full day in Melbourne with a local: private & personalized

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Kickstart your time in Melbourne with a personalized sightseeing experience that allows you to customize your itinerary according to your interests. Rather than following a set schedule, you’ll work alongside your guide to create an itinerary that features only the sights that interest you. Plus, your guide provides tailored recommendations to last your entire trip.
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2-Day Combo: Melbourne City Tour, Yarra River Cruise and Great Ocean Road Day TripOvernight Tours

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

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Save big with this great-value super saver, combining three of the most popular Melbourne tours into one money-saving deal. Set sail for a scenic 1-hour cruise along the Yarra River, then explore Melbourne’s best bits on a sightseeing coach tour, visiting the Royal Botanic Gardens, The Docklands, St Kilda and the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Then, embark on Australia’s most famous road trip with a full-day tour of the Great Ocean Road, including photo opportunities at Apollo Bay and The Twelve Apostles.
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Melbourne Burlesque Showboat CruiseHalf-day Tours

Melbourne Burlesque Showboat Cruise

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Enjoy a unique, naughty night out aboard the vintage Melbourne Showboat, complete with the entertaining antics of a burlesque show. Cruise down the Yarra River while savoring delicious canapés and a complimentary glass of bubbly. The evening’s onboard entertainment comes courtesy of a professional burlesque troupe, decked out in outlandish outfits that have a way of disappearing. After the boisterous, 1-hour burlesque and cabaret show, take in the riverside scenery as you cruise all the way to the historic port of Williamstown.
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Melbourne City River TrailsHalf-day Tours

Melbourne City River Trails

Although Melbourne is situated on the shores of one of the largest bays on the Australian coast, the city's main water feature is the Yarra River. That's because the city grew from the banks of the Yarra and even today the focus for the city is still very much on a one-kilometre section of the river.. The Yarra River precinct is a wonderful place for tailor made, short interesting walks covering the arts, maritime history and fabulous gardens. This precinct is the hub of Melbourne's artistic and cultural scene, with generous examples of public art and exciting architecture. This precinct includes the significant green spaces of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Birrarung Marr as well as smaller parks, gardens, reserves and Southbank.
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Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyles of the Rich and FamousHalf-day Tours

Melbourne City Tour: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

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Glimpse the decadent neighborhoods inhabited by Melbourne's celebrities and business elites on a half-day tour of the eastern suburbs. Discover the swanky Toorak neighborhood, stroll along an elegant section of the Yarra River, and have afternoon tea at the historic Como House and Gardens—a stately home built for one of the wealthiest pioneer families in Australia. Hear about past and present notables of Melbourne as your guide shows you sprawling mansions, elite schools, exclusive clubs, and upscale shopping districts during your tour.
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Melbourne Horse Drawn Carriage Deluxe Romantic Tour™Luxury Tours

Melbourne Horse Drawn Carriage Deluxe Romantic Tour™

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Ride through the historic streets of Melbourne in a horse-drawn carriage on this romantic tour. Learn about the history of the city through your guide's commentary and traveling like former residents did; horse-drawn cart was once the only available mode of transportation. Sights include the Queen Victoria Gardens, the Princess Bridge, the Melbourne Observatory, and others.
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Melbourne City River TrailsHalf-day Tours

Melbourne City River Trails

Although Melbourne is situated on the shores of one of the largest bays on the Australian coast, the city's main water feature is the Yarra River. That's because the city grew from the banks of the Yarra and even today the focus for the city is still very much on a one-kilometre section of the river.. The Yarra River precinct is a wonderful place for tailor made, short interesting walks covering the arts, maritime history and fabulous gardens. This precinct is the hub of Melbourne's artistic and cultural scene, with generous examples of public art and exciting architecture. This precinct includes the significant green spaces of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Birrarung Marr as well as smaller parks, gardens, reserves and Southbank.
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