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  • Spirit of Melbourne 4-Course Cruise with Drinks

    1. Spirit of Melbourne 4-Course Cruise with Drinks

    Board your fully enclosed boat at Southbank Promenade to start your dinner cruise along the Yarra River. While aboard the floating restaurant, take in views of the lit-up city skyline, and pass by waterfront sights such as Federation Square, Flinders Station, Rod Laver Arena, Riverside Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Relax with a beer, liquor, or red, white or sparkling wine, and enjoy the romantic atmosphere on the boat. Your dinner is prepared by talented chefs and served by attentive staff. It will also be paired with premium Australian wines. After a tasting platter, main course, dessert platter, and cheese platter, your luxurious meal culminates with a coffee or tea and a glass of port or liqueur. You’ll be full and relaxed by the time you return to the Southbank Promenade to end your cruise.  Sample menu (subject to change): Entrée Tasting Platter • Lamb Ko...

    The service is great and the experience is not too bad. Food and drinks are average. We were not that impressed

  • Highlights of Melbourne 2-Hour River Cruise

    2. Highlights of Melbourne 2-Hour River Cruise

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat with sundeck for a 2-hour cruise along the Yarra River, and take in the many sights of Melbourne from a different perspective on a narrated tour. 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, Victorian Arts Center and Natio...

    we loved our river cruise. peter the tour guid is very knowledgeable of Melbourne and it was very interesting learning about some of the landmarks along the Yarra. Definitely worth doing next time your in Melbourne.

  • Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

    3. Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

    Relax aboard a meandering cruise down the Yarra River and pass a number of familiar attractions along the way. 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.  

    Good commentary as we travelled to Williamstown Nice that complimentary tea and coffee given. Only negative was cigarette smoke came into cabin from rear area.

  • Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

    4. 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. 

    The only trouble was we wanted to see the botanical gardens and the trip was unable to access this area so we went to the docklands instead I was disappointed with this as I wasn't advised in advance of the day I may well have altered my plans if I had known

  • Melbourne: Murders and Crime - City Ghost Tour

    5. Melbourne: Murders and Crime - City Ghost Tour

    Let one of Melbourne’s top-rated ghost tour guides take you on the exploration of the haunted and horrific past of Melbourne. Traverse through historic streets that tell tales of their gruesome past and learn of the city’s most haunted sites. Explore and potentially unlock the mystery of one of the world’s most notorious killers. Could the infamous Jack the Ripper have been Melbourne murderer Frederick Bailey Deeming?  Who are the spiritual beings said to inhabit the city? Learn of them, including Dame Nellie Melba’s eerie presence and of her parties that are thrown at one of Melbourne’s most historic venues, The Hotel Windsor, almost a century after her death. Retrace the footsteps of The Singing Strangler, A U.S. marine stationed in Australia during WWII fixated with the voices of young women.  Uncover the ghastly Melbourne underworld and hear salacious stories of prostitution and f...

    Our guide was full of amazing stories and it made see a side to our own city that we’d never seen before. We loved it!!!

  • Melbourne: City and Garden Tour in Horse-Drawn Carriage

    6. Melbourne: City and Garden Tour in Horse-Drawn Carriage

    There’s no better way to experience the style and charm of Melbourne than by horse-drawn carriage on a 1-hour tour. Enjoy the aesthetic of immaculately presented drivers wearing traditional coachman attire. After greeting your friendly driver, meet your beautiful Percheron horses and give them a pat. Board your comfortable carriage and set off to see the magical sights of Melbourne. Along the way, pass by the Arts Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Queen Victoria Gardens, the Yarra River, the Shrine of Remembrance, Princess Theatre, Parliament House, St. Patrick's Cathedral, China Town and more. Take advantage of plenty of fantastic photo opportunities to make this an experience you’ll remember forever. Alternatively, pick the 30-minute 'Garden Tour' option and pass along the Yarra River. Then see sights such as the Melbourne Art Center, Queen Victoria Gardens, National Gal...

    a lovley ride through the city gardens, my kids and i thoroughly enjoyed it, an experience in itself

  • Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

    7. Melbourne: Sunrise Wildlife Adventure, SUP, Bike & Breakfast

    Be picked up in Melbourne CBD in the early morning. After a short, 20-minute drive, you’ll find yourself out in the urban Australian wilderness. There, you can view iconic Aussie wildlife up close and personal. Visit a selection of beautiful parks including, Westerfolds Park, Candlebark Park, Warrandyte Park, and Plenty Gorge. The specific park chosen will depend on times and weather conditions. Your first activity is a mountain bike ride along riverside trails through the Aussie bush. Keep your eyes peeled for wombats and kangaroos, and listen out for birdlife. You’ll spend about an hour riding the various trails before stopping for a flask of fresh Melbourne coffee as your paddleboard is set up. Your guide is also a certified SUP instructor and will give you all necessary instructions on standup paddleboarding. Afterward, cruise along on your paddleboard for around an hour. As you ...

  • Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

    8. Melbourne Lanes & Arcades Walking Tour with Lunch

    Discover Melbourne's sense of style via its wonderful lanes and arcades, where many of the cooler boutiques, quirky art spots, smallest cafés, and dynamic architecture are located. The tour lasts for 4 hours, with a 25-minute break for morning tea and approximately 1 hour for lunch at the end. Traveling in small groups for a more intimate experience, discover locations that you would probably not find on your own. Melbourne can be secretive about its favourite spots for food, art, fashion and wine, and it takes a passionate local to share the hidden gems. That passionate local is on hand for this morning tour, revealing amazing local designers and specialty retailers. You will discover more than 30 stores, and its not all fashion! You'll also receive a fantastic goodie bag, with a fabulous shopping guide, a city map, and seaonal special offers. During the tour, you will pause for morn...

    Jess our host was great. We live in Melbourne and our experience really opened our eyes to just how wonderful Melbourne is.

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What people are saying about Yarra River

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 844 reviews

Its a very nice trip and a great way to view the city and a rare opportunity of travelling under the Westgate and Bolte bridges and seeing them from that angle. I particularly recommend viewing the city from outside on the back of the boat as they are views you can only get from the water. There are plenty of good spots in Williamstown to have a meal as well. The commentary was interesting too and for the price it is good value.

Great, informative commentary. Very comfortable vessel. Very friendly and efficient staff. Not all parents bothered to keep their children under control so very noisy at times. Would recommend the 2 hour trip to anyone who wants to know more about Melbourne.

we loved our river cruise. peter the tour guid is very knowledgeable of Melbourne and it was very interesting learning about some of the landmarks along the Yarra. Definitely worth doing next time your in Melbourne.

Smooth arrangements from the jetty ticket office onto the boat and all along. Excellent commentary by an experienced captain.

We really enjoyed our 2 hour Yarra River cruise. It gave us a completely different way of experiencing Melbourne