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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise provided by Melbourne River Cruises

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
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About
Get unique views of Melbourne from the Yarra River on this cruise. Take in vistas from both banks as you travel the river in both directions. Hear in-depth commentary while you ride, getting a full picture of Melbourne's history and modern existence. Choose between outdoor or indoor seating depending on the day’s weather, and enjoy a pick-me-up with provided tea or coffee.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Comprehensive river cruise traveling both directions; you won't miss a thing
  • Refresh yourself with included tea or coffee
  • Listen to educational narration from a guide
  • Great introduction for first-time visitors or those short on time
What to expect
  • Make your way to the departure point, camera in hand, for this comprehensive river cruise through Melbourne. Board the boat and find a comfortable seat from which to take in views of the city’s historic buildings, modern skyscrapers, and lush gardens. Seating options include both indoor and outdoor areas, with tea and coffee provided in the cabin. This tour cruises both up and down the Yarra River for views of both banks, a great way to check off all the sightseeing goals on your list in just a short time. Listen to live commentary about Melbourne's history, geography, and ecology, and its role as a modern cultural capital. Walk away with a great overview of the city, memorable photos, and an idea of how you'd like to spend the rest of your time in Melbourne.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Comprehensive river cruise traveling both directions; you won't miss a thing
  • Refresh yourself with included tea or coffee
  • Listen to educational narration from a guide
  • Great introduction for first-time visitors or those short on time
What to expect
  • Make your way to the departure point, camera in hand, for this comprehensive river cruise through Melbourne. Board the boat and find a comfortable seat from which to take in views of the city’s historic buildings, modern skyscrapers, and lush gardens. Seating options include both indoor and outdoor areas, with tea and coffee provided in the cabin. This tour cruises both up and down the Yarra River for views of both banks, a great way to check off all the sightseeing goals on your list in just a short time. Listen to live commentary about Melbourne's history, geography, and ecology, and its role as a modern cultural capital. Walk away with a great overview of the city, memorable photos, and an idea of how you'd like to spend the rest of your time in Melbourne.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3013SIGHTAB
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Commentary
  • Drinks (tea and coffee)
  • Yarra River Cruise
Exclusions
  • No food or drinks are sold on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing
Additional information
  • 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 travellers 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 78 travellers
Inclusions
  • Commentary
  • Drinks (tea and coffee)
  • Yarra River Cruise
Exclusions
  • No food or drinks are sold on board
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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 travellers 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 78 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Melbourne River Cruises
    Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
    Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Melbourne River Cruises
    Yarra River
    Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
    Docklands
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Popular mentions

4.0
53 reviews
Excellent
20
Very good
15
Average
9
Poor
8
Terrible
1

Renee M
19 contributions
Ms Renee Martin
Had a wonderful time on board and the trip up and down the Yarra River was one I'll remember forever. Staff on board very friendly and commentary was great.
Written 4 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Renee, it is nice to hear you had such a memorable experience with us. Thank you for your positive feedback and hopefully we will see you again to share more memorable moments with you.
Written 4 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HatishMayer
Malaysia11 contributions
Great Outdoors Lifestyle
Jul. 2019
It's Australia ... you can't go wrong! That's the short & long of it. My favourite country without any doubt. Need I say more? Don't think so, it's just the Best.
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, thanks for your feedback. We're glad that you enjoyed our cruise. We would love to see you come back!
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

1936Chevy
Kiama Municipality, Australia18 contributions
Sam the Captain was the best.
Excellent informative cruise. Sam the captain was informative with an interesting twist on all his facts. Absolutely worth the trip.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Chevy, thanks for your feedback. We all agree Sam is a funny guy! We are pleased that you enjoyed the trip. We would love to have you on board again!
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jgzjgul
Maitland, Australia7 contributions
Not too bad
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Peter and John do a good job but if I was doing it again I wouldn't bother with the second section that goes to the dock areas
Written 16 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, thank you for travelling with Melbourne River Cruises. We look forward to boarding with you on one of our cruises to the dock area. Thanks for your review!
Written 12 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wag864
Lanark, United Kingdom35 contributions
Ideal way if limited to time.
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Took the Yarra River cruise - upstream and downstream. Comfortable enough boat (plastic seats), plenty viewing windows, and commentary all along the routes. Pretty uninspiring sights. But that’s nothing to do with the cruise company - just that Melbourne is a newish city - limited in historic interest. Cruising around dockyards and container port is ok - but not amazing. Good for what it is - a wee jaunt along the river. Highlights tour - 2 hours in duration- and did what it said on the tin.
Written 14 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sir or Madam, we really appreciate you spending your precious time sharing your experience with us. Don't forget we have a wide range of services with cruises such as dining cruises, party cruises, etc which may entertain you. You can go check them out on our website at www.melbcruises.com.au. Again thank you for your feedback! We love to see you on board again.
Written 12 March 2020
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Lois A
London, UK22 contributions
Melbourne River Cruise
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Would recommend doing this river cruise as it was informative and a pleasant way to pass an hour but be warned we paid for a 2 hour cruise and it was only 1 hour so I would say quite an expensive trip in the end.
Written 5 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Lois. We look forward to seeing you again on our cruise!
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

023017
100 contributions
High tea on the sea
Jan. 2020 • Family
High tea on the sea with Magic charter cruises, a beautiful cruise to do, nice friendly staff, delicious hot & cold savoury foods, sweet treats, fresh baked scones with jam & cream, free flowing champagne, tea & coffee, it’s a 2 hour cruise with great views, if you want to see the views better pay for window seats it’s worth the extra money for the view. Boat is a two story vessel, 2nd store is up steep steps, keep this in mind as you book, views are good no matter where you are seated, staff have you seated on tables before arrival for experience.
It’s our 4th cruise a board this vessel & we look forward to another cruise soon.
It’s a great afternoon out with these guys & girls, many thanks to magic charters crew.
Written 26 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear customer, thank you so much for taking your time out to share such a detailed and kind feedback. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our service and food on the cruise. We are also pleased to see you coming back every time and spread these kind words for us. We look forward to having you on board again
Written 14 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Cosmopolitan766027
10 contributions
Great way to see the city
Jan. 2020
A nice cruise that goes up and down the Yarra River. There was a lot of wind the day I took the cruise. I had been planning on going to Williamstown, but found out I would have to turn around and come right back due to the wind conditions. No time to get off and explore before returning to the city. Based on a recommendation by Steve at the ticket counter, I ended up doing the Melbourne city cruise and I am glad I did. Was a nice ride along the Yarra River with beautiful views. The boat’s staff were professional and helpful. There was also free water, tea, and coffee available on the boat.
Written 25 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear customer, thank you for spending your time sharing your experience with us. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed our river cruise. Our Williamstown cruises are running regularly every week so you can grab one of them anytime when you can to explore Williamstown. We look forward to seeing you again on board!
Written 14 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kiwikim2018
Brisbane, Australia7 contributions
Melbourne River Cruise
Jan. 2020
This was a great way to see the city from a different viewpoint. The commentary was excellent and I learnt a lot about the city that I didn't know. The skipper's interaction with the passengers was excellent.
Written 7 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear customers, thank you so much for your kind words. We are pleased to hear that you found the commentary interesting and useful. We look forward to seeing you again!
Written 14 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mick n
Redhill, UK18 contributions
Trip along the river
Dec. 2019 • Couples
We chose the 2 hour cruise so we could see Melbourne from a different perspective and also to learn about the city.
Nope!! No commentary or pamphlets to tell you anything at all and the ‘sundeck’!! Ha more like a deckchair, tiny and uncomfortable
It is at the rear of the boat directly above the diesel exhausts so if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction, stop breathing!
All in all very disappointing so poor we actually got off half way round.
Quite expensive also
Written 30 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear customer, thank you for your feedback and we are sorry that your experience was not of the quality that you had expected. We would like to let you know that we are looking into the issue and striving to resolve it as quickly as possible. This is to ensure our guests to have a comforting and satisfying experience in the future. Thank you for bringing this into our attention. We would appreciate another chance to earn your business. Please let us know when you’re boarding with us again next time.
Written 19 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Peter C
Peter C
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Yarra Cruise
Ticket desk was accommodating to my late change request. Boat Captain was terrific and informative on the tour. Ple
deborahbX4567WR
deborahbX4567WR
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Fantastic
Our favourite part of cruise was the hospitality! Amazing! The food was absolutely beautiful 🤩 it was a very speci
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Take a trip on the Yarra
The Yarra River runs through the centre of Melbourne. By taking a river trip, you can see the city of Melbourne fro
Lyn C
Lyn C
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Melbournes Own River Ferry
Its a pleasant way to spend a Sunday. Leaves from South Bank, opposite Flinder st Station. There is commintary on b
619jeffry
619jeffry
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Take a cruise along the Yarra
The Yarra River runs through the heart of Melbourne. The Yarra is a lot better than it used to be, it was once know
lync19
lync19
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Great river cruise
We went on the two hour cruise both ways from Southbank Berth 2 Peter was the captain and did a fantastic commenta
DTrainTravels
DTrainTravels
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Good Way To Spend An Hour
We did the A and B option travelling up and down stream. Probably the better option is the one towards the Port of
traveller262
traveller262
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A pleasant sight-seeing voyage
An enjoyable 1 hour upriver cruise (cruise B). Saw a side of Melbourne CBD I hadn't seen before. Commentary was inf
cmzajicek88
cmzajicek88
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Decent but could be better
I decided to book the dinner cruise as part of hubby’s birthday present this year. It was a relatively nice experie
Sarabun139
Sarabun139
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Melbourne River Cruise
Really enjoyed the cruise. Relaxing and interesting. Would recommend to families and couples. Williamstown is a nic
jakeh620
jakeh620
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30th Birthday Function! THANK YOU
Celebrated my 30th birthday on Yarra Empress. couldn't have asked for a better crew and boat. Blew away my expecta
Masterofsolotravels
Masterofsolotravels
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Great high tea cruise with Magic Charters
Nearly a year in the making, my aunty and I (Trip Advisor PLEASE fix the families option! The world doesn’t revolve
Solo003
Solo003
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Great cruise
Great cruise very relaxing. Beautiful scenery along the river. Awesome city views. I did the A & B cruise. Really
traja36
traja36
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Fantastic night
As I do travel alone quite often ! I like to do these dinner cruises in different major cities. This was all I exp
Juliana_munoz21
Juliana_munoz21
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The Perfect Date Night
The whole experience was so amazing. The food was very high quality and delicious. The staff are amazing, all very
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