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The history of Melbourne centers on its strategic location where the Yarra River empties into Port Phillip Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlement and its evolution from a 19th-century boomtown to the largest port in the Southern Hemisphere on this leisurely river cruise.
Relax as you cruise downriver past ultramodern skyscrapers and the active Docklands area, taking in the sights from an outside sundeck or through panoramic windows inside the cabin.
Cruise Highlights: • Westgate Bridge • Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct • Crown Entertainment Complex • 19th-century sailing ship Polly Woodside • Shipping channels and dock area • World Congress Center and Trade Center • Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center
Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
Returns to original departure point
Tea and Coffee
Live commentary on board
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Cruise duration times are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic
Cruise direction and timetable subject to tidal conditions and river closures
The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
Restroom available on board
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Most travelers can participate
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
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
The cruise departed at 7pm for a 2 hour cruise and fireworks display. Found the boat easy to locate , staff were friendly and plenty of seating on board. Music and lights on board to add to the atmosphere. We cruised along seeing the lights...More
Took the grandkids, 11 and 9, on this cruise. They really enjoyed it. Seeing the bridges from underneath, the big ships in the docks and the beautiful yachts. Comfortable and the captains commentary was very informative. Good family pricing too.
We discovered this 1 hour river tour using group on (50% discounted tickets- definitely use the voucher for $12 adult tickets), and it was a really nice experience of Melbourne as a tourist from australia.
Our guide was charming and knowledgeable with a great sense...More
MRC M, Manager at Melbourne River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 27 February 2019
Thank you for the positive feedback!
Melbourne River Cruises are delighted to hear you enjoyed the experience.
Please visit us again :)
Pleasant cruise on a sunny afternoon but the hard to hear commentary, in the bored voice, added nothing. We booked and paid for the "2 leg" cruise only to be subjected to the same deadpan monologue and "jokes". The huge Melbourne harbour was worth seeing....More
Date of experience: February 2019
MRC M, Manager at Melbourne River Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2019
Dear Gordonpatricia, thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. It was an uncommon instance and we’ll do better.
Please feel free reach out to us via phone or our website with any further comments, concerns, or suggestions you wish...More
We did both up river and down river, each trip took one hour. The chairs are comfortable. Our captain chatted for the first half hour. We hardly understood a word he said as all the words blended together. The Australians understood as they laughed occasionally....More