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Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Activity provider: Melbourne River Cruises

From US$ 37.14 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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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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  • 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 496 reviews

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We went up & down on the Yarra river 1-1 hour to each direction. As the boat turns, you don’t need to worry about missing a spot - just remember where to look on your way back. The boat is average, but well equipped (clean restroom, open deck at the back, good coffee/tea for free incl.) Great experience, very friendly staff, could not recommend enough!

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July 1, 2022

Overall very good. We got the 2 hour cruise covering upstream and downstream. The downstream to Docklands was better with better scenery. The captain I thought was very good, had a bit of humor that may appeal to older customers like me. my 27 year old son thought humor was dry. Only issue was that the tour was 2.5 hour long, 15 minutes late departing, and 15 minutes longer with an extra stop on opposite bank from Southbank. Also free coffee and tea was not available. Perhaps allow people to bring their own beverages, including beer and wine.

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May 5, 2022

Informative tour with very friendly and helpful staff. Only downside was our 2 hour tour (starting at 1.30pm) was split into 2 x 1 hours with a 20min break for the staff to have lunch, so didn't finish until 4pm (when expecting to finish at 3.30). Plastic loose chairs to sit on and access difficult for non agile passenger (big step up and down), though staff were there to assist .

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April 22, 2022

Product ID: 74571