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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$ 38.57 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 592 reviews

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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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March 27, 2023

We enjoyed this tour and felt it was a very good value. The boat was good, easy to access and viewing was good, it rained during our trip and we were able to stay dry. In our opinion the downstream 1/2 of the tour was preferable to the upstream portion if you are doing the 1/2 tour.

March 27, 2023

Advert - exactly what the cruise delivered. Capt / guide - both informative and entertaining!! Several interesting facts / intriguing bits of ‘history’ mixed with contemporary references / anecdotes. Safe, leisurely and cane away with some new knowledge!

March 27, 2023

Product ID: 74571