Yarra River

Yarra River: Our most recommended tours and activities

Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

1. Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

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.

Melbourne: 2-Hour Bottomless Brunch Cruise

2. Melbourne: 2-Hour Bottomless Brunch Cruise

Enjoy this 2-hour cruise along the Yarra River and pamper yourself with unlimited indulgent brunch options that will be sure to cater to your appetite. The drinks selection has as much personality as the food selection. Indulge in a bottomless selection of premium beer, wine, and Prosecco mimosas throughout your brunch float. Surround yourself with the majestic views of Melbourne’s cityscape views on the renowned Yarra River. Depart from Southgate on the Spirit of Melbourne, a vessel that offers encompassing glass viewing areas as you dine away and pass Melbourne’s parks, gardens and sport’s stadiums and more. A sophisticated way to enjoy a brunch experience and relax before you go on about the rest of your day.

Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

3. Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise along Port Philip Bay to Williamstown. Take in the views of the Melbourne skyline and enjoy insightful audio commentary on board as you sail down the Yarra River. Admire the skyline of Melbourne from a different perspective as you listen to the informative audio commentary. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and soak up the sun on the sun deck. Upon arrival in Williamstown, get the choice to take a break in Williamsport and visit the historic seaport, or stay on board and return to Melbourne. Linger in one of the cafés or galleries of Williamstown, known for its heritage buildings such as Customs House. If you choose to take the round-trip option, then just sit back and relax on one of the finest bay cruises on the return journey to Southbank.  

Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

4. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up, and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard, and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque, and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterward, make a final landing, pack the balloon away, and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

5. Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s highlights while cruising along the breathtaking Yarra River. Cruise through downtown Melbourne on this sightseeing tour and listen to the on board commentary that will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy an hour aboard the riverboat as you cruise under the Princes Bridge and past top cultural attractions. Marvel at the magnificent riverbank gardens from the outside sun deck or through the panoramic windows from the inside cabin. On this tour you will also see Herring Island, Princes Bridge, the governor's residence, the Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Tennis Center. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea while relaxing and taking in the beautiful city sites. 

Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

6. Melbourne: Guided City Bike Tour with Gear and Lunch Stop

Get introduced to Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs and discover key landmarks on this guided biking trip with all the gear you need for a safe adventure. Take breaks, stop for an optional lunch, and get tips on what to do in town during the rest of your stay.  Whether you’re new to the city or have lived here your entire life, you’re guaranteed to learn all facets of Melbourne on this one all-encompassing tour. Hear about Melbourne’s founding, the Aboriginals, the Eureka Stockade, local war history, the importance of sports in the city, and much more. Make a stop in Fitzroy at a trendy cafe for lunch (costs not included). Alternatively, feel free to pack your own lunch to enjoy during this stop. During breaks, your guide will give you great tips on what to do whilst in town from events to the best spots to eat.

Yarra River, Melbourne Waterbike Tour

7. Yarra River, Melbourne Waterbike Tour

Discover the bends of the iconic Yarra River that runs through the vibrant city of Melbourne. Pass by famous landmarks while riding a fun waterbike on a guided journey and learn about all the major sites sitting on the edge of the river, as well as some of the main bridges. After an informative safety briefing, you'll be taken to your waterbike and given a lifejacket before heading upriver to explore the Botanical Gardens and views of the Government House. Turning under the Swan Street Bridge, pass the iconic Rod Laver Arena Precinct, with MCG in the background. Ride along Birrarung Marr Park and continue downriver. Pass under the Princes Bridge into the heart of Melbourne, past Flinders Street Station and SEA Life Aquarium with the Rialto building towering in the background. Turn at Webb Bridge, taking in Yarra's Edge Marine before passing the Polly Woodside Tallship and Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre. Continuing upstream, pass Crown Casino, the South Bank precinct with Eureka Tower soaring to the skyline above. See Arts Centre Melbourne before once again passing under Princes Bridge and finishing back at the rowing sheds along Boathouse Drive, directly across the Yarra River from Federation Square.

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What people are saying about Yarra River

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4.1 / 5

based on 803 reviews

Great 2 hour trip on the Yarra River. We enjoyed the commentary and it’s a good way to learn about Melbourne

Interesting and entertaining information given about Melbourne, very helpful and professional staff!

Had a delightful time go food was great crew were extremely obliging and friendly

Lovely day on the water, well organised and catered, great value

The Guide was very knowledgeable of the Yarra River.