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Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Water activity

Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Activity provider: Melbourne River Cruises

From US$ 38.96 per person


See the sights of Melbourne from the water on a city cruise. Travel down the Yarra River to see landmarks like the Docklands Crown Entertainment Complex and Government House, and catch some rays on the sundeck.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Cruise down the mighty Yarra River and take in the beautiful sights of Melbourne
  • Sit on the sundeck to enjoy laid-back outdoor river cruising
  • Enjoy the on-board commentary and gain insights into Melbourne's fascinating history
Full description

Climb aboard a pleasure boat with a sundeck for a cruise along the Yarra River in Melbourne for a narrated tour. Glide past landmarks including the Polly Woodside, West Gate Bridge, Southgate, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Olympic Park, Herring Island, Botanic Gardens, and more. Cruise past beautiful buildings, skyscrapers, bars, and parks. Catch some sun on the sundeck or enjoy the views from the inside cabin. Enjoy a round-trip journey that allows you to really enhance your knowledge of what is known as one of the "most livable cities in the world." Travel both down river and up river to see highlights such as the Docklands Crown Entertainment Complex, West Gate Bridge, a 19th-century sailing ship, the Polly Woodside, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. Admire up river landmarks, such as Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Government House, Olympic Park, Herring Island, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Arts Centre Melbourne, and National Tennis Center where the Australian Open is played.

  • Sightseeing ferry cruise
  • Commentary
  • Food and drinks (not available to purchase onboard but you can bring your own snacks and drinks)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet at Melbourne River Cruises, Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing, Lower Promenade, located at the rear of Langham Hotel, Southgate. Please check-in at the ticket kiosk. Departure Timetable for Cruise A: Ports and Docklands - 1 hour, down river: October-April: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM May-September: 11:30 AM, 12:10 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 3 PM, 3:30 PM Departure Timetable for Cruise B: River Gardens - 1 hour, up river October-April: 11 AM, 1 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM May-September: 11 AM, 1 PM, 1:30 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM

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Important information

Know before you go

  • You can bring a small quantity of food and drinks with you to enjoy on the cruise
  • Intermittent Cruise Schedule does not always run and is subject to tidal and weather conditions, and demand
  • All departure times are subject to tidal and weather conditions, and major event days
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4 /5

based on 589 reviews

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We came to the boat after walking downtown from early morning. We boarded the boat at 3 pm for a two hour cruise. We enjoyed being on the river and listen to all the stories about the harbour. We came early and had a window seat near an open window. We had a good view of the harbour and the fresh air was good in 34 degree weather.

February 17, 2023

Nice boating on the Yarra river. Do sit inside, because the old diesel engines drown out the captain annex guide. Because a regatta took place, the trip has been rebooked to a trip to Williamstown. Then you pass part of the route along a less interesting port and industrial area

November 27, 2022

We did the 2 hour cruise which went up river first. That part of the journey was not very interesting and quite industrious. We did debate about getting off halfway through but glad we didn't. The 2nd part going towards the sea was much more exciting and pretty. The Captain was very knowledgeable and his co worker was very cheerful and helpful.

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November 26, 2022

Product ID: 74571