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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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Southbank, Australia
Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English


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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Drinks (tea and coffee)
Yarra River Cruise
No food or drinks are sold on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia

Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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
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Melbourne River Cruises
Embark your cruise from lively Southbank
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Yarra River
Cruise along Melbourne's iconic river and learn of the history and culture of one of the world's most livable cities.
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Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
MCG part of the Melbourne sports precinct that also includes AAMI Park, Olympic Park, Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Arena
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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
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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.
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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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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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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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


250 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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, Jan 2022
Very difficult to hear the commentary that was unfortunately having to be spoken through a mask. It was still really interesting.
Yarra river cruise
, Jan 2022
The ride it was great and the people who run the boat were great it was a great day on the river would do it again
Yarra River Cruise
, Dec 2021
It was a pleasant ride. The Captain was very informative and explained about the buildings we were passing.
Great experience on the Yarra!
, 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).
Good, but a bit unprofessional/too informal.
, 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.
very impressed
, 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.
Nice one
, 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!
Host was good and knowledgeable but yea not he’ll exciting
, 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!
Worth the money
, Mar 2021
Very informative commentary. Nice open aired and clean boat. Try and go on a sunny day. Coffee and tea included
, 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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