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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 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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Commentary
Drinks (tea and coffee)
Yarra River Cruise
No food or drinks are sold on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Melbourne River Cruises , Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing

This activity will end right where it started.
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 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 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
Itinerary
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Melbourne River Cruises
Embark your cruise from lively Southbank
Pass By:  
Yarra River
Cruise along Melbourne's iconic river and learn of the history and culture of one of the world's most livable cities.
Pass By:  
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
MCG part of the Melbourne sports precinct that also includes AAMI Park, Olympic Park, Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Arena
Pass By:  
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens
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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cruise past the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and nearby Crown Entertainment Complex
Pass By:  
Docklands
See stunning views of the city before travelling to the Docklands and Docklands Stadium
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note the travel date is only required as an indication within 3 months from booking confirmation date
  • Note: Passengers may bring a small amount of snacks and drinks on board
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Unfortunately the vessel is NOT wheelchair accessible. However, passengers in a wheelchair can be accommodated only if they can get on and off the vessel on their own and if the wheelchair is collapsible. The staff are not permitted to assist handicapped persons due to insurance restrictions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 78 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Melbourne River Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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  • "We did feel a bit hard done by - a one hour cruise for the price of a two hour cruise." See review

Reviews

3.5
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246 Reviews

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star-5
Great experience on the Yarra!
Barry_Y
, May 2021
Being on the Yarra and seeing the land area from that perspective. Also, the commentary was very informative and engaging and, even though I lived in Melbourne for 30 years, I learned a lot from it. (My only criticism is that it would have been good to have more about the Aborigines of the Yarra at the time of European settlement).
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star-3
Good, but a bit unprofessional/too informal.
CMF
, May 2021
I love the different perspective you get from the river. The factual comments the captain gave were very interesting, but there was too much “waffle” about himself. A personal note is great, but his jokes were nearly “cringy “. A lot of areas/buildings, etc were not commentated on at all because he was still talking about something from five minutes before. Would be excellent if it was a bit more professional.
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star-5
very impressed
Glenda_H
, May 2021
wonderful views of the Melbourne skyline. ( wouldve been better if the sky was blue.) Never in my whole 74 years have i done a trip up the yarra... just done trips in other countries.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Glenda, Thank you for taking your time for giving us a positive review! We're glad you enjoyed your cruise up the Yarra River! Come visit again soon, especially when it's a beautiful day.
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star-5
Nice one
Diego_N
, Apr 2021
Good attention and comments of Melbourne history. Clean and tidy vessel .for sure we’ll back some time soon👌🏽
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Diego! Thanks for the feedback! We're glad you enjoyed the commentary and cleanliness of our vessel, as we try our hardest to keep it clean. Can't wait to see you on board with us again soon!
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star-5
Host was good and knowledgeable but yea not he’ll exciting
Dominic_R
, Apr 2021
Host was good and knowledgeable but yea not he’ll exciting. Not good if You’re on a budget, bit expensive for a ride round a river
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hi Dominic, Thank you for your feedback. We will make sure to take your comment into consideration!
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star-4
Worth the money
Alan_T
, Mar 2021
Very informative commentary. Nice open aired and clean boat. Try and go on a sunny day. Coffee and tea included
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star-5
Amazing
Sarita_D
, Mar 2021
We just love the ride and information provided. And nice free coffee. The ride was relaxing and full of fun. During ride no crowds and very systemic.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your relaxing cruise with us. Hope to see you on board again soon!
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star-4
A very relaxing trip.
Anne_S
, Dec 2020
A very pleasant trip. The Captains commentary was full of interesting facts. I didn’t realise there was so much early settlers history along the banks of the Yarra. It is a stress free way to see the city.
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Kon_T
, Nov 2020
A great cruise, recommended . Was a great experience and a different way of seeing the city of Melbourne
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star-4
An different way to experience Melbourne
Brian
, Apr 2020
There was some confusion over what we had actually booked and what we were offered. We had booked the two hour cruise at 10.15 (one hour in each direction). However, because of tides and other organisational issues, we were booked onto a much later two hour cruise (12.00 midday). As this was our final morning in Melbourne (we were flying to Adelaide in the afternoon). the later cruise was not an option. So we chose just to do the 10.00am cruise, which fortunately was the harbour cruise, which we really did want to do. To be fair, it was excellent. The commentary given by the skipper was very good - clear, full, lively and very interesting. We did feel a bit hard done by - a one hour cruise for the price of a two hour cruise.
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