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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

By Melbourne River Cruises
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This sightseeing cruise on the Yarra River gives you a front-seat view to Melbourne's riverside gardens and scenic parklands. Hop aboard a riverboat with panoramic windows and hear live commentary on Herring Island plus sporting arenas like the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Sip coffee or tea while watching the city slip past.
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AU$38.00
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Ages 0-99, max of 15 per group
Duration: 1h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Cruise up the Yarra River on a narrated tour
  • Panoramic riverboat with up-close views of Herring Island
  • View scenic riverside gardens, parks, and sporting arenas
  • Guide points out Melbourne's natural and cultural attractions

  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Live commentary on board
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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
    • Stroller 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: 3013SIGHTB

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
    • Cruise duration times and direction are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic.
    • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements.
    • Restroom available on board
    • Most travellers can participate
    • 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 15 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 River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise?
    River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise price starts from AU$38.65. Discover and book River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise on Tripadvisor
    What is the River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise cancellation policy?
    River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise?
    River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise is hosted by Melbourne River Cruises. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Melbourne River Cruises on Tripadvisor. Discover and book River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing 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: 3013SIGHTB

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    • BernieG692
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      Good but not special
      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
    • Nomad802341
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      Short tour
      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
    • 579marysem
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
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      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
    • agaagnieszka1
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      Strongly recommend
      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
    • ajsiromani
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      Good Trip
      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 15 February 2024
    • 850fionac
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      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.
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      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.
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      Relaxing cruise
      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
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      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
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      Great Food and Views
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      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
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    Priya N
    1 contribution
    Jan 2024 • Family
    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
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    Hello, Thank you for your kind words! We're thrilled to hear that you had a smooth booking process and enjoyed your time on the cruise! . Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to welcome you back on board soon for another memorable experience!
    Written 19 February 2024
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    Chris D
    1 contribution
    Feb 2024 • Family
    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
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    Hello Chris, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We sincerely apologize for any discomfort caused by the captain's preoccupation with his mobile phone. We appreciate your honesty and hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back on board for an improved experience.
    Written 12 February 2024
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    Jodie T
    Townsville, Australia36 contributions
    Dec 2023 • Couples
    Great relaxing afternoon on the Yarra. The crew member Emily and the captain were super friendly and helpful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Written 17 December 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for your lovely feedback! We're glad to hear that Emily and the Captain made your cruise enjoyable. We hope to see you on board again soon!
    Written 18 December 2023
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    Jyoti S
    1 contribution
    Nov 2023 • Family
    Waste of money there was nothing to watch besides dirty water and bushes. The only thing in the cruise was its staff. They’re very helpful and nice
    Written 14 December 2023
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    Hello, I'm sorry to hear that the scenery didn't meet your expectations. I'm glad, however, that our staff made a positive impression with their helpful and friendly demeanor. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
    Written 18 December 2023
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    Shelly
    9 contributions
    Nov 2023 • Friends
    Nothing to see here…! We were hoping for a glance at something cool or historic, but the river is so overgrown with trees and bushes that we couldn’t see anything. The recorded commentary was outdated and all onboard were on their phones after 10 min into the trip. Boring, save yourself the time and money. Skip this one. Also, smells like exhaust and feet.
    Written 2 December 2023
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    Hello, We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointing experience during the river cruise. Your feedback is very valuable to us. We strive to offer informative and enjoyable experiences, and it's disheartening that we missed the mark in this instance. We always aim to deliver an exceptional level of service to our customer and we regret that we missed your marks. If you would like to discuss further, please send us an email at info@melbcruises.com.au or simply contact our office at 03 8610 2600. Thank you.
    Written 4 December 2023
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    Sarah R
    Palm Beach, FL19 contributions
    Nov 2023 • Solo
    Smelly packed and dirty . Not a real tour guide, they just press a button and a recording plays. As soon as I got on I couldn’t wait to get off
    Written 13 November 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience on our cruise. We always aim to deliver an exceptional level of service to our customer and we regret that we missed your marks. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We really hope to resolve the problem, please send us an email at info@melbcruises.com.au or simply contact our office at 03 8610 2600. Thank you.
    Written 14 November 2023
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    Paula F
    Broomfield, CO14 contributions
    Nov 2023 • Couples
    We were only in Melbourne for a day, but really enjoyed this sightseeing cruise. Even though it was only an hour, we got a good view of the city and learned a lot. We would definitely do this again.
    Written 9 November 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for leaving a review! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our sightseeing cruise down the Yarra River. We hope to see you on board with us again soon!.
    Written 13 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Jacki
    Canberra, Australia202 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Couples
    Reasonable price. Underwhelming journey - took the one hour garden cruise and despite other reviews talking about witty commentary and interesting sights there really wasn’t any on this occasion. But it was pleasant enough.
    Written 28 September 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for your feedback. We're sorry that we didn't meet your expectations this time. Please let us know how we can improve our services and meet your expectations. We hope you can give us another chance and see you cruising with us again soon!
    Written 2 October 2023
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    kevlindabond
    Melbourne, Australia56 contributions
    Sept 2023 • Family
    The staff were friendly informative and helpful. The cruise was very interesting, and the commentary was well informed, funny and lighthearted. The boat trip was smooth with plenty of seats inside. Tea and coffee available. There are Wc's onboard. I loved that a staff member put out his hand to steady you as you got on board if you required it. Well done crew.
    Written 19 September 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for taking time out of your day to leave us with your review! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your cruise with us! We can't wait to have you on board with us again soon.
    Written 25 September 2023
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    Robyn D
    Melbourne, Australia88 contributions
    Aug 2023 • Business
    I thought this would be boring but it was so good We did the two hour cruise to the port and the river gardens and both were fantastic The driver was very informative and i learnt heaps about melbourne which i didnt know and Im from melbourne Very recommended cruise
    Written 6 August 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for such a lovely review! We're thrilled to hear that we were able to provide you with an entertaining experience on our cruise. Thank you for the recommendation, and we can't wait for you to come back and cruise with us again soon!
    Written 9 August 2023
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