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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise
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Highlights of Melbourne Cruise

By Melbourne River Cruises
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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.
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AU$62.00
per adult
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Ages 0-99, max of 78 per group
Duration: 2h
Start time: Check availability
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Live guide: English
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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

  • Commentary
  • Drinks (tea and coffee)
  • Yarra River Cruise
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

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.

Start:
  • Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
    Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3013SIGHTAB

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Please note the travel date is only required as an indication within 3 months from booking confirmation date
    • 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

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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    How much is Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
    Highlights of Melbourne Cruise price starts from AU$63.16. Discover and book Highlights of Melbourne Cruise on Tripadvisor
    What is the Highlights of Melbourne Cruise cancellation policy?
    Highlights of Melbourne Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Highlights of Melbourne Cruise on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Highlights of Melbourne Cruise?
    Highlights of Melbourne Cruise is hosted by Melbourne River Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Melbourne River Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Highlights of Melbourne Cruise on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3013SIGHTAB

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    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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    • Melbourne River Cruises
      1,405
      Australia
      Joined in December 2008
    • 298olivia
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great night out
      If you are thinking of doing river cruise, this is the one Staff were so lovely, food was amazing, drinks were good. Time went so quick- my partner and I really enjoyed it
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 593MarkL
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect River Boat Cruise
      Simply the perfect river cruise, constant pouring of wine accompanies a great 4 course meal that is well prepared. The crew are excellent, so attentive and friendly
      Written 24 February 2024
    • 579marysem
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Pleasantly surprised
      We dud not know what to expect but then we were pleasantly surprised.... From the friendly and super helpful crew, followed by great food and good wine to the best views ever.!! The views were really breathtaking. We loved how it was perfectly timed to stop outside crown to watch the fire display. Lived in Melbourne over 50 years but to see our city this way was just beautiful. Highly recommend
      Written 19 February 2024
    • brendasT8861RU
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Delightful dinner cruise with great food, service, and views
      The food was wonderful, the drinks were free-flowing, the service was fabulous, and the views, especially after sunset of the city lights on the water, were stunning.
      Written 19 February 2024
    • michaelbQ3674ZT
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent dining experience……
      My wife and I enjoyed the 3 hour Melbourne dinner cruise last night. Weather was excellent as was the food and beverage offering. Lovely 4 course meal finished off wish coffee. Free flowing drinks through the evening was most enjoyable. A really great experience. Staff were excellent, and attentive. Would highly recommend.
      Written 18 February 2024
    • jasonsB2347FW
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Valentines river cruise
      We went on the valentines river cruise and when I booked it I was thinking it was a little high in priced but being what day it was it was expected. But to say we got value for money is an understatement the food was absolutely amazing ever dish mouth watering. The alcohol was flowing and you never had an empty glass and the service was also first class. If I was asked would I recommend this absolutely I would. Thank you for making our night a memorable one.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • 430sumas
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Good trip
      It was good but guide was bit unsure about the things. Overall good trip. It was good that we could choose our suitable time slot.
      Written 17 February 2024
    • 850fionac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic
      Fabulous experience. Food was amazing and the city skyline views at night were out of this world. Quite a moving experience also as I never thought I’d see this view in real life. Onboard staff were great - chatty and friendly. Highly recommend.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • Nicki F
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Screaming Children
      The trip was informative, but I am afraid there was screaming children, and you could not hear what was being said. I liked Williamstown, it was very cute. Found a nice place for coffee, though Australians do not make it hot enough. While waiting for the ferry, I had a nice wine overlooking the Harbour. It is not the businesses fault about the screaming children but maybe their could be a little play area to amuse them.
      Written 15 February 2024
    • 606priyan
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely day, amazing views and super assistance
      Booking process was smooth. Enjoyed the amazing views of Yarra River. Cruise Commentary was wonderful. Overall was a wonderful day beautiful views and took some amazing photos. Crew were super helpful and provided information for our next journey. Thanks 😀
      Written 15 February 2024
    • michaelbrianh2019
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous evening
      We had a fantastic evening last night on the dinner cruise. Food was amazing and all inclusive drinks fabulous. We were well looked after. Service was excellent, highly recommend
      Written 10 February 2024
    • 93wilmac
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Food and Views
      The dinner cruise was amazing with lots of wonderful views of the river and Melbourne. We had fish for dinner (barramundi) and it was delightful and lots of drinks. This was a great evening experience.
      Written 10 February 2024
    • chrisdM7631PE
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Distracted
      The cruise was informative and comfortable and value for money but the Captain was preoccupied with his mobile phone a lot of the time which made us uneasy.
      Written 9 February 2024
    • 735JohnO
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful night out
      Only one way to describe this cruise. Amazing. The food was great and the service by Felicity and Lilly could not be faulted .We were even presented with a small cake for our anniversary A must do in Melbourne Great value for money
      Written 8 February 2024
    • Vicki S
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Incredible! Highly recommend
      Brilliant dinner cruise with superb sights and wonderful staff. Incredible attention paid to detail - esp when drinks were running low. Food was excellent and beautifully displayed. 3 hr long cruise which was a lovely length of time. Highly recommend and book early as gets booked up.
      Written 8 February 2024
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    3.5
    3.5 of 5 bubbles151 reviews
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    54
    Very good
    44
    Average
    23
    Poor
    17
    Terrible
    13

    BernieG692
    Leeds, UK54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting but nothing special. Took in most of the major sites observable from the river and some of the city scape scenes are exceptional but just not that gripping.
    Written 21 February 2024
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    Hi Bernie, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We're glad to hear you found the cruise interesting! We hope to serve you again soon!
    Written 26 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Nomad802341
    Livermore, CA2 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    The tour was supposed to be two hours long but took only one hour. The narration was underwhelming. All in all, meh, okay way to spend an hour.
    Written 21 February 2024
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    Hello, We're sorry to hear that your experience fell short of expectations. We'd like to clarify that the cruise was indeed scheduled for two hours, including a short break in between. Is it possible that you may have gotten off early? Your feedback is valuable to us, and we hope to have the opportunity to improve and better serve you in the future.
    Written 26 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Agusia
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most customer friendly service I’ve ever met. We change date of the cruise few times, without any problems. Wonderful cruise, great staff.
    Written 16 February 2024
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    Hello, Thank you for leaving us with your review! We're glad to hear you had a smooth experience with our team! We hope to serve you again soon!
    Written 19 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    ajsiromani
    Hyderabad, India148 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    We did the entire two hour cruise.
    Good cruise to see Melbourne from the Yarra River. Commentary was excellent and add on explanations by the Captain very useful.
    Written 16 February 2024
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    Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear you had a good experience on our Melbourne Highlights Cruise! We hope to see you on board again soon!
    Written 19 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Ian M
    Gran Canaria, Spain36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Couples
    We chose to do the highlights cruise showing both sides of the city up to Herring Island and down the port. It was a relaxing way to view the city
    Written 13 February 2024
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    Hello, Thank you for choosing our highlights cruise! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time on our cruise. We appreciate your positive feedback and hope to welcome you back on board soon for another relaxing adventure!
    Written 15 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Garrali
    Sheffield, UK19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Saw this trip advertised and decided to give it a go as this was our first time in Melbourne. On reading reviews, a lot of comments were around the commentary recording not been very good. Luckily for us, the recording wasn’t working so the captain took over with his own superb and knowledgeable information along with a nice sense of humour. We paid for the 2 hour cruise which took us both ways down the river firstly towards the sports area and then down to the port. We really enjoyed and after disembarking decided to walk along the river in the warm sunshine.
    Written 8 February 2024
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    Hi Garrali, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you decided to give our trip a try during your first visit to Melbourne. We hope to welcome you back on board soon for another memorable experience!
    Written 12 February 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Margie W
    1 contribution
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Great views on the tour both sides of the river.
    Pre-recorded narration however was off sync and often too early or too late with no noted effort by staff to pause or try and sync.
    The reference to a structure on your right or left is not helpful enough for a person new to the city to identify especially as did not necessarily correlate to the exact location.

    Would be helpful to have in person narration or a person who can pause and point details or answer questions.

    The guy at the ticket sounded rather impatient, and uninterested to the couple ahead of us and to us.
    Cruise with lots of potential though
    Written 21 January 2024
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    Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate your positive comments about the great views on the tour. However, we apologize for the issues with the pre-recorded narration being off sync and not providing clear references. We also regret to hear about your experience with the ticketing staff, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for acknowledging the cruise's potential, and we hope to have the opportunity to improve and provide you with a more enjoyable experience in the future.
    Written 22 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Claudia V
    Fremont2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2024 • Family
    Good way to spend a couple hours on the river. Was not easy to find even after finding google maps walking directions. Informative tour.
    Written 9 January 2024
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    Hi, Thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're sorry about the hiccup in finding us. We Hope to have you back for more river adventures!
    Written 10 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Meander171112
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2023 • Friends
    Bit of a joke. 1 hour tour, not 2. Not accessible for those with disabilities. No live commentary, just robotic voice that was recorded. Very hard to hear. Chairs are the most uncomfortable chairs I’ve ever sat on for a tour. Better accustomed for a 20 minute dinner in your kitchen than a one hour tour.
    Written 28 December 2023
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    Hi, We're sorry to hear about your disappointing experience. Your insights are invaluable, and we appreciate you sharing your concerns with us. If there's anything specific we can do to address your experience or if you have further feedback, please let us know.
    Written 2 January 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Phil D
    Wymondham, UK32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    We enjoyed our 2 hour cruise and you see Melbourne from a different perspective. The staff were pleasant and polite. The boat was comfortable.
    Written 13 December 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for your feedback! We're thrilled to hear you had a pleasant time on our cruise. We hope to see you on board with us again soon.
    Written 14 December 2023
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