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Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise provided by Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Melbourne City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Scenic, hassle-free ferry journey from Melbourne to Williamstown
Duration:
1–2 hours
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Williamstown is Melbourne’s historic port town, located at the meeting point of Hobson’s Bay and Port Phillips Bay. On this tour, take the most scenic route to Williamstown from Melbourne with a ferry cruise down the Yarra River. You can use your one-way or round-trip ticket at a time that suits you, so you can spend as long as you like enjoying the shops, cafés, and beaches of Williamstown.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • 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
  • Spectacular views of Melbourne and the Yarra River from the water
  • Flexible tour: one-way or round-trip, multiple departure times
  • Live commentary onboard ensures you don’t miss anything
What to expect
Make your way to Melbourne’s Southbank to board the ferry to the historical suburb of Williamstown. Set sail along the Yarra River on the 1-hour cruise, enjoying magnificent views of parts of Melbourne including the Docklands and Port Phillip. Along the way, listen to the onboard audio commentary—which points out notable landmarks and offers some background information on Williamstown—and enjoy refreshments (tea or coffee is included). On arrival in Williamstown, spend as long as you like strolling around the historic port town, browsing the many shops, or enjoying lunch at one of the atmospheric waterfront cafés. If you’ve booked a round-trip ticket, head back to the port in time for your return ferry and end your day with a leisurely cruise back to Melbourne.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1-2 hours
  • 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
  • Spectacular views of Melbourne and the Yarra River from the water
  • Flexible tour: one-way or round-trip, multiple departure times
  • Live commentary onboard ensures you don’t miss anything
What to expect
Make your way to Melbourne’s Southbank to board the ferry to the historical suburb of Williamstown. Set sail along the Yarra River on the 1-hour cruise, enjoying magnificent views of parts of Melbourne including the Docklands and Port Phillip. Along the way, listen to the onboard audio commentary—which points out notable landmarks and offers some background information on Williamstown—and enjoy refreshments (tea or coffee is included). On arrival in Williamstown, spend as long as you like strolling around the historic port town, browsing the many shops, or enjoying lunch at one of the atmospheric waterfront cafés. If you’ve booked a round-trip ticket, head back to the port in time for your return ferry and end your day with a leisurely cruise back to Melbourne.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3013SIGHTCD
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Duration
1–2 hours
Departure details
  • Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing.
  • Gem Pier, 1 Syme St, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia If starting in Williamstown please meet us near the giant war ship off Syme Street.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation for this product will be received at time of booking
  • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
  • 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
  • Important Note:
  • Cruise duration times are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic
  • Cruise direction and timetable subject to tidal conditions and river closures
  • Passengers MUST check timetable for their return trip to ensure departure times connect
  • 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 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Tea and coffee
  • Live commentary on board
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Melbourne River Cruises, Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing.
  • Gem Pier, 1 Syme St, Williamstown VIC 3016, Australia If starting in Williamstown please meet us near the giant war ship off Syme Street.
Duration
1–2 hours
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
  • The boat is completely enclosed and windowed so that passengers won't be subject to the elements
  • 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
  • Important Note:
  • Cruise duration times are approximate and subject to change, often due to tides and river traffic
  • Cruise direction and timetable subject to tidal conditions and river closures
  • Passengers MUST check timetable for their return trip to ensure departure times connect
  • 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 10 travellers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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4.0
93 reviews
Excellent
41
Very good
34
Average
8
Poor
6
Terrible
4

SuzB
2 contributions
Apr. 2022
Well worth the trip. Good views of Melbourne city and Wharfs from the river and great views looking back at the city from Williamstown. Dave, the Captain and guide, was a happy and very informative bloke. Seats very crowded and not very comfortable though for the hour trip, a good fit out to upgrade would be worthwhile. .
Written 17 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your review and recommendation, we will definitely look into your suggestion. We're glad to hear you had a great time on our cruise and we hope to see you back on board again soon!
Written 4 May 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue F
16 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our Yarra cruise, impressed not only by the sights but by the excellent and friendly staff on the boats. We had to change ferries to do both legs of the tour but both captains provided an excellent commentary about the sights as they captained their vessel. A very nice way to spend the afternoon.
Written 12 January 2020
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Thank you so much for your kind words, Sue. 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.

valmont p
Woodend, Australia8 contributions
Apr. 2022
Remarkable how Melbourne is finally embracing its main river. The new river-side residential architecture is impressive and fully complements the port infrastructure further down river. All together, a terrific landscape uniquely available from the river.

We had to re-schedule because of COVID last year. This was smoothly achieved, by helpful staff throughout.
Written 21 April 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for taking your time and leaving a descriptive review of your time on the cruise. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your time on the cruise and we can't wait to have you back on board with us again soon!
Written 4 May 2022
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Be E
1 contribution
Mar. 2020
We were on the ferry from Southgate to Williamstown early March departed 2.00pm. We just wanted to pass on our thanks for a great day and especially to our “captain” Sam (we think - on the leg to Williamstown) who was very knowledgable about the port and delivered his commentary in a very entertaining and informative manner. Great time in Williamstown too.

Thanks for a great sail!

Regards
Lyn & Barb
Written 19 April 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Lyn and Barb, Thank you for the positive feedback! Captain Sam will be thrilled. You can never go wrong with a day spent in Williams Town. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. :)
Written 11 May 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SylviaTourstein
1,189 contributions
Melbourne River Cruise - Yarra Princess
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A choice of one or two hour sightseeing cruise. We took the two that took us all the way out to Williamstown and back. Complimentary coffee, tea are offered. As well as water $3, beer & wine for $8 can be purchased cash only. No food for sale. Light commentary by the staff. Most of the seating, non assigned, is covered but there is a small back deck to sit or stand outside. There are many offering from dinner cruises or holiday. This is an enjoyable change of pace to see the Melbourne skyscrapers.
Written 18 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Sylvia, thank you for travelling with us and for such a pleasant and detailed feedback! 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.

John A
1 contribution
Dec. 2021
Stick to the timing told to customers. We booked a return trip from Melbourne to Williamstown. Upon departing the boat in Williamstown at 11.30 we asked the captain about the time of the return trip and were told 2.30.
The ferry arrived for the return trip at 4.00. A wasted 1.5 hours of our lives sitting on a ferry pier.
Otherwise the experience was enjoyable with an excellent commentary on the outbound leg and obliging crew members.
Written 5 December 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi, We're are very sorry that there was a miscommunication on our behalf. The 2:30pm trip may have been cancelled and you might've boarded on the 3:30pm cruise back to the city. We are glad you enjoyed your experience on the cruise and will make sure to forward your positive comments towards our captain and crew!
Written 6 December 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Lyn C
Melbourne, Australia119 contributions
Aug. 2021
Its a pleasant way to spend a Sunday. Leaves from South Bank, opposite Flinder st Station. There is commintary on board, with points of interest about Melbournes Yarra River, the docks and the now swanky places to eat and stay , as you head out to the mouth of river towards Port Phillip Bay and over to Williamstown. Approx one hour each way. We rode the 1245pm to Willy, and the 1545hrs back to Melbourne. 2 hrs in Williamstown, for a short stroll along the water front and shops and then a delicious lunch. The Ferry itself, is a smoothe ride, however it is rather basic, seating like old plastic school chairs. Wasnt a lot of outdoor seating, approx 12-15 at back of vessel, which in warmer months i would think could get crowded. The Ferry, looks a little tired, inside. However we didnt much mind any of that. Having survived Lockdown Melbourne...5 times..we were just happy to see an old favourite we use to take the kids on , many years ago. 3 high steps down into ferry, if your mobility isnt great, there is railing though. I think very reasonably priced, $37 pp Adult. (Return) . Theres lots of bird life and activity along the river. Its slow of pace , relaxing and a much more pleasent way to get to Willy, than the god awful Westgate or the train. If your after a day trip, this is a great option. Kid friendly. And goodness knows our Melbourne Tourism needs all the love they can get . It can be chilly on the river, bring a jacket. Free Coffee and tea, its instant, but really, what do you get for free...!Check the website for concession fares, family ticks etc. So if your wandering along southbank Boulavard without a purpose, hop on the ferry to Williamstown, and enjoy the sights. Thankyou Melbourne River Cruisers...from the Locals !
Written 1 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for your positive review! We appreciate the time that you have spent to share your opinion with us and are glad that you enjoyed your cruise. We are working hard to keep our vessels in good condition and hope to see you cruising with us again soon.
Written 2 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Global Traveller
Melbourne, Australia20 contributions
We got on at Fed Square (mistake #1), don’t do this. Get on at Southgate as it’s the first stop. We had been told the night before Fed Square was the first stop (mistake #2 - trusting the staff who must be paid by commission).
Because the boat was full, we ended up out the back (mistake #3) - you can’t hear the commentary out there. And the staff are aware of this problem!!
No worries, can listen to the commentary on the way back (mistake #4) - nope, no commentary on the way back.
I don’t like to get on here and leave bad reviews (never done it before), but this experience was truly pathetic. Should have spent $6 on the train, not $42 on this trip.
I do not recommend this at busy times (we were at Easter).
Written 16 April 2022
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Nora
6 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
The boat ride to Williams Town was slow and a tad boring. There wasn’t any clear commentary. The captain did try to explain certain things but his voice was not clear. There were a group if passengers who were talking among themselves very loudly and made it hard to hear any commentary or announcement from the captain. We love walking around Williams Town. Its quiet but peaceful.
Written 19 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, Thank you for taking your time and leaving your feedback of the Williamstown Ferry. We will most definitely take your criticism into consideration and improve our speaker quality. We hope to see you return for another cruise soon!
Written 27 June 2022
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Ray B
1 contribution
Dec. 2021 • Family
Really disappointing. The tour was 45 mins late and the reason given was how long it had taken for people to get on and off before. After seeing it for myself I can believe it. The organisation on the pier was chaotic. There was also no attempt to ensure that masks were worn. We didn't even bother going on the return trip.
Written 4 January 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello, We're sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience with us, and we would like to apologize for it. 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.
Written 19 January 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Booked through TripAdvisor. Despite their site stating able to cancel or amend booking by clicking on "amend bookin
Travelingoutnabout
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Top class service by Adrian, Lily And Chantel. 5 stars all the way
A must do in Melbourne. Captain and assistant were polite and very welcoming. The food was plentiful, tasty and wel
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Good food, service, and value
We went there to celebrate our anniversary and informed them in advanced. Sure enough they weee nice to provide us
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Will definitely be back for more!!!
Went to Melbourne for our anniversary. Booked a two hour river cruise and notice they were also doing a Sunday nigh
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Relaxing and interesting
Was 2 hours long very interesting the chap taking the tour was extremely funny very knowledgeable was nice to sit d
Rita F
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Must do!
Wonderful experience! Food was delicious and generous and staff were very friendly. Definitely coming back for more
deona2015
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Worth it
Nice trip and crew were friendly and knowledgeable. Wanted the dock trips but high tides were not in our favour but
rhaterr
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Fantastic experience, great food and lovely staff!
Absolutely amazing experience. Will definitely be back! Highly accommodating for gluten free. All bread, entree and
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The trip was beyond our expectation
Amazing staff, delicious food and very attentive staff. We had an excellent time and loved every second of it. We w
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An experience worth having
Very interesting, commentary sound could gave been better, missed a few jokes apparently. The coffee must be the wo
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Great experience
Food and staff were great.Could not fault.All four couses were spot on and we had a great night.A birthday present
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I did not book on line but bought ticket by the boat. 2-hours cruise. 1 hour then back then wait ...half an hour th
LamToMeetYou
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Not too bad for a 4 Course Meal.
Great Staff, unlimited drinks, food was good but the main dishes needed a little bit improvement on seasoning of th
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Great scenery of the West, communication could be better.
We departed on time heading towards the east of Yarra River. As we sailed along, the pilot who was also commentatin
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Must do
Great food, great staff, great views, lots to drink, what more could you ask for. Will come back again. Was great w
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