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River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise provided by Melbourne River Cruises

River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise

River Gardens Melbourne Sightseeing Cruise
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • 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
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
What to expect
Cruise up the Yarra River that winds through downtown Melbourne on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights of lovely riverbank gardens and Herring Island from an outside sun deck or through panoramic windows from the inside cabin. Guided commentary will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea as you sit back, relax and watch the city go by. Cruise Highlights Include: • Herring Island • Princes Bridge • The Governor's residence • Victorian Arts Center • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) • Olympic Park • The Royal Botanic Gardens • National Tennis Center
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • 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
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
What to expect
Cruise up the Yarra River that winds through downtown Melbourne on this 1-hour sightseeing cruise. Take in the sights of lovely riverbank gardens and Herring Island from an outside sun deck or through panoramic windows from the inside cabin. Guided commentary will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea as you sit back, relax and watch the city go by. Cruise Highlights Include: • Herring Island • Princes Bridge • The Governor's residence • Victorian Arts Center • Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) • Olympic Park • The Royal Botanic Gardens • National Tennis Center
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3013SIGHTB
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
Complimentary tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
Duration
1h
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
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
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
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
Inclusions
Complimentary tea and coffee
Live commentary on board
Exclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off
No food or drinks are sold on board
Departure details
Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing.
Duration
1h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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
Not wheelchair accessible
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
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
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
Popular mentions

3.0
21 reviews
Excellent
6
Very good
6
Average
2
Poor
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Terrible
6

traveller262
Australia37 contributions
A pleasant sight-seeing voyage
Apr. 2021
An enjoyable 1 hour upriver cruise (cruise B). Saw a side of Melbourne CBD I hadn't seen before. Commentary was informative. Ship's crew and quay office staff were helpful.
Written 19 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello! Glad you enjoyed your cruise up the Yarra River! Thank you for your review. We appreciate and value your review! Hope to see you cruising with us again soon. We recommend you trying our other cruises too!
Written 25 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Pania
Sydney, Australia171 contributions
Great cruise
Mar. 2021 • Solo
Great cruise very relaxing. Beautiful scenery along the river. Awesome city views. I did the
A & B cruise. Really enjoyed it. It's a must do. Great commentary.
Written 19 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Pania! Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our sightseeing cruises and we can’t wait to have you on board again!
Written 24 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Philip G
3 contributions
Mundane and below average
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Most exciting part of the tour was at the start when an altercation between a number of old ladies one of whom had her foot runover by a mobility scooter operated inexpertly by another. The captain and crew managed to prevent the scooter and out of control rider ending up in the Yarra.
Otherwise the cruise was tedious with very little to observe.
The commentator tried make things as interesting as he could but it was an up hill battle as this is a singularly mundane stretch of river. 50 odd bucks for two of us seemed a high price for an hour of boredom. Nothing to see here!
Written 12 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sir or Madam, thank you for taking your precious time out to share your experience. We apologise for not matching your expectations. We would love to investigate further, so that we can deliver a more satisfying experience next time. You may reach us anytime at (03) 8610 2600 or at info@melbcruises.com.au. Again, thank you for your feedback!
Written 12 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

chelle1983
Melbourne, Australia130 contributions
Terrible service
Mar. 2020 • Family
Disgusting service received this morning by the man at the Berth 2 kiosk and Daniel.

Having already done the Docklands cruise we booked Via Groupon the river garden cruise.

When I arrived at the kiosk the man was being short tempered with a customer who’s first language wasn’t English, he had a go at a colleague who approached him about the toilets on the boat not working, and then it was my turn. I told him we were there for the river cruise, after a bit of huffing and puffing (assuming because it was a Groupon thing) he gave me the ticket.

When we were queuing for the boat I noticed it said “Docklands” on the sign near the boat so my husband took the ticket and went to query it.

After a couple of minutes I joined them, only to see my husband, the kiosk man and his colleague Daniel arguing. I heard the man telling my husband that I hadn’t told him we wanted the river cruise, it was my fault, because I’d booked it by Groupon and that I needed them to refund me because the river cruise wasn’t on today.

I told him that I definitely had told him we wanted the river cruise, and he told me I hadn’t. His colleague Daniel, who loved using the condescending word “Darl” to address me until
I asked to stop, then joined his colleague and starting shouting at me that the cruise wasn’t on, and that I hadn’t told his colleague which cruise I wanted.

When I asked why he hadn’t just told us this when we got the ticket he again told me I hadn’t asked for the garden river cruise. Or, that he hadn’t heard me.

We booked these tickets last night, after checking the cruise timetable and there was no mention of any cruises not running today. There was no signage up informing people at the kiosk.

When we left the kiosk a lady from another family approached us and told us that they’d also had the misfortune of speaking with him, and he’d been unhelpful and rude to them too, and only being a few steps away from the kiosk I heard him calling me a liar to Daniel.

This man should not be in a customer service role, he should’ve just told us that the river cruise wasn’t running today instead of giving us a ticket for the Docklands cruise, hoping we wouldn’t notice??

The website should have been amended to say the river cruises weren’t on today and this could have been avoided completely.
Written 8 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Chelle, 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 are striving to resolve the problem so this does not happen again. We would appreciate another chance to make this up to you. Please let us know when you're boarding with us again. If there is any further issue or enquiry, please send us an email at info@melbcruises.com.au or simply contact our office at (03) 8610 2600. Thank you.
Written 12 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

VEGE34
Montpellier, France46 contributions
Not much to see, and boat not fit for a sightseeing cruise
We took this cruise wanting to see parts of the city that we would not visit otherwise. The cruise boat we got on does not offer a deck to sit outside and enjoy the view, besides the small area at the rear of the boat where there is a long bench to sit on, but then you have chances to become deaf or asphyxiated from the noise of the motor or the fumes. As for the route not much to see beside river banks, the captain does point out what's behind but most of the time you have do use your imagination. From the map we were supposed to go around Herring Island but we did a u-turn in front of it instead.
Team and comments were ok.
Good thing we got a discount and it lasted only one hour.
I would recommend choosing another type of cruise with this company and checking on what kind of boat its runs.
Written 1 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Madam, 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 seeking ways to renovate our cruise ships. 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 12 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juliette D
Foxton Beach, null, New Zealand193 contributions
A lazy hour on the river
Jan. 2020
We had this hour long trip as part of a cruise ship excursion. Things were very orderly and well organised. The river trip itself was interesting - it provided another perspective on the history of the city.

While the chairs were a little hard the refreshments (tea / coffee / bottled water + biscuits) were very welcome.

The windows allowed great views from any location.
Written 17 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Juliette, we really appreciate you spending your precious time sharing your experience with us. We are also pleased to hear that you had enjoyed our cruise. We are working very hard to keep this up and improving our standards of service from time to time. We would love to see you coming back!
Written 19 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ZippyLondon 🇬🇧
London, UK2,778 contributions
The floating greenhouse
Spent an hour on the Princess which is effectively a floating greenhouse. Hot, humid and deeply uncomfortable. The one fan didn’t offer much respite.

The captain told us - no fewer than five times - how bad (“insanely” so) the air quality was as he coughed away. Ironic as we sat behind him on his non-air-conditioned vessel.

Didn’t take up the free tea/coffee offering.

It’s a pleasant enough trip, but not one to be done when it’s hot.
Written 14 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sir or Madam, thanks for sharing your feedback with us. We are sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience on our cruise due to extreme weather condition. We are working very hard to renovate our cruise ship to make our guest experience as pleasant as possible. We would love to see you coming back.
Written 13 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Blanko424
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Explore Melbourne
Dec. 2019
You can explore Melbourne with a relaxing cruise along the Yarra River. Pretty much takes you all around the Melbourne hub. The captain was clear and informative and worth the money if this is the first time you've come to Melbourne.
Written 27 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Blake, thank you for travelling with Melbourne River Cruises. We really appreciate your feedbacks. We would love to have you on board again!
Written 19 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Blanko424
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Explore Melbourne.
Aug. 2019
Explore the heart of Melbourne with the sightseeing cruise. We were fortunate that the day was sunny so it made it that much more enjoyable.
Written 27 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Erin M
Manchester, UK13 contributions
Don’t waste your time or money!
Did this as it was raining and it was sold as a good way to see some of the city in the rain! Whilst the driver was nice, he literally just talked about the bridges (as there wasn’t much else to point out!) and gave the odd musing on what he thought of what was around us. Didn’t see much, the boat was old and it wasn’t worth it at all!
Written 6 September 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Great river cruise
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Good Way To Spend An Hour
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Decent but could be better
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The Perfect Date Night
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Unbelievable
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