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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 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

Amanda J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Good trip, lots of views and 4 seasons in one afternoon. If cloudy, take sun cream any way as you will need it. Great trip, great team of people.

Vernon L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The river tour up and down the Yarra River, gives a really different view of Melbourne and was so relaxing!!!!!!

Ivy F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Don't be disappointed by the first hour when the cruise goes along east and comes back. The next hour will be much more exciting!

Uğur Yeşim K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


Samuel G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Celebration of Moomba closed part of tour shipboard booking was canceled but the Viator tour operator substituted a great two-hour cruise tour to Williamstown at no extra cost. Very pleasant surprise.

Theresa R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Being our first time in melbourne, we were very impressed with the highlights of melbourne river cruise,
our skipper was Peter, and he was excellent, a very friendly knowledgeable guy, with a good sense of humour, we really enjoyed this trip. Highly recommend

Geoff D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip , good host who was very informative. Only sad that then weather was so board we couldn't do the second part of the tour

Ronald T H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

An excellent river cruise which we can recommend.

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.

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