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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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Ages 0-99, max of 78 per group
Duration: 2h
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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. Snacks and beverages are available to purchase on board.

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 travelers 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
    • The Melbourne Highlights Cruise may include a pause between the two tours and may require switching to a different boat.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers

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

    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
    • Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
      Berth No 2, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct Landing
    • Pass by
      Melbourne River Cruises
      Yarra River
      Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
      Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
      Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
      Docklands
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    • Melbourne River Cruises
      1,491
      Australia
      Joined in December 2008
    • N526ZNkevinb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      River Cruise, Melbourne. Fantastic!
      Fantastic cruise, Its been a while since we have been spoiled to such fantastic service, very very attentive and warming staff. The food was perfect and the atmosphere was great. We would definitely go again and recommend this to others.
      Written July 21, 2024
    • Compass53060952414
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Stay away form this company
      The boat engine overheated and stopped near the PORT OF MELBOURNE Staff showed no training on how to professionally handle the emergency situation. Yawing and shouting were heard over the phone while they were trying to communicate with the other staff for a solution. The entire situation was handled poorly and left passenger to make their own decision of what to do instead of having certain procedures in place should unforeseen events happen Chairs were not bolted to the ship as part of the structure, no seat belts it created a very dangerous situation basically driving a car without a seat belt, you decided your own fate once you got on the ship. I am even wondering how could they be still certified to operate based on such seating arrangement with no safety concerns in place at all for the passenger. We had to walk to the nearby town or street to get on a taxi for my parents to get to the nearby train station in order to get back into the city at our own cost. No apology or communication from the company since it had happened. We had written an email to the company demanding for full refund for compensation. Avoid this company at all costs, poor maintenance, and handling procedures, and staff had absolutely no idea what to do like a headless chicken running around leaving the passenger to decide their own fate. we will never once again return to this cruise company with no concern of their passenger simply by putting conference chairs on the cruise ship, they really go budget to maximize the income, your safety and well-being is the last to come before profit
      Written July 21, 2024
    • E2333PNsharonm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Spectacular boat cruise couldn't fault the staff and the food was lovely and plenty to drink.
      The boat was big and the tables were set so beautiful. Had plenty to eat and lots to drink . The waiters were fantastic so quick to bring the drinks and anything you needed. Went up the top to see the views of the river and the day was lovely.
      Written July 17, 2024
    • debra692
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A “must do” in Melbourne and worth every penny!
      I was a little skeptical but this was the best night (apart from the Phillip Island penguins) of our 8 day stay in Melbourne. The food was superb quality and the drinks were generous. The hosting was spot on, friendly, professional and happy. Worth every penny for the spectacular views and fabulous atmosphere. Don’t hesitate!
      Written July 12, 2024
    • rhonda1232015
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A Faultless evening.
      Can't fault the cruise. Comfortable seating with great views as we had a window table. The staff were attentive always keeping our glasses full. The meal was outstanding. I had the steak and my partner had the lamb. Both spot on.
      Written July 11, 2024
    • Bjek001
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyable river cruise
      We booked the two hours river cruise, both up and down the river. Very relaxing at a slow speed. We were surprised by the number of bridges in Melbourne. Pre- recorded commentary , free instant coffee and tea were provided onboard. The toilets were very tight for space. However it was a very enjoyable cruise to see a different part of Melbourne.
      Written July 4, 2024
    • lejohn66
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic night
      Everything was amazing from greeting when boarding, food, bottomless drinks and staff especially Tony and Adrian. Definitely would cruise again.
      Written July 4, 2024
    • randyb676
      0 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      Seasonal and tidal variation will affect your experience
      Let me start by saying Melbourne weather can be quite unkind and a dinner cruise may not be the best idea in the winter months. The service, food, unlimited beverages ( 2 choice of each wine, beer, 1 cocktail, whisky, vodka, gin) were all 5 star- the experience was not. Deal breaker 1-Surprise- if the tide is high, the vessel cannot clear the bridges and you are locked in a small area and will spend your time looping around a small area of the river. 3 hours then seems long. Deal breaker 2. You get a table allocated to you. If you're upstairs and it's winter, it's cold, plastic cafe blinds make the outside view a mix of pretty and colorful shapeless lights. Not a city passing by as you dine in luxury. The pre selected choice of steak, lamb shank barramundi were all excellent and service was infallible. Dinner starts off with entree of sea food, duck and lamb- weird that it is a cold and hot plate in one. Then the main. Shared dessert plate followed by cheese platter and barista coffee/ tea. All served with a smile. The time and tide were not in our favour.
      Written June 29, 2024
    • annemarielnavarroe
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing Cruise Dining experience
      The food was incredibly delicious, especially the lamb. Our family really liked the appetizers as well as the selections of sweets. The drinks were great with the amazing staff always ready to pour whenever our glass’s half empty/half full. The staffs are well trained, very polite and attentive to the needs of the customers. Overall, the whole experience was fantastic from the mouth-watering cuisines to the attentive service and panoramic water views.
      Written June 23, 2024
    • O6138TVerikah
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect evening outing for 2 or 20
      Can't fault the service, food, drinks or views! Plenty to choose from beautifully presented dishes in the menu. Thank you for the memories we created because of you.
      Written June 22, 2024
    • 159alyas
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Wonderful memories
      We had an incredible experience at the bottomless brunch cruise today! The atmosphere was so chill and enjoyable, we felt so relaxed and at ease. What impressed us the most was how baby-friendly the cruise was! Our 10 months old bubba had a blast, and the staff went above and beyond to ensure we had everything we needed for a comfortable and enjoyable experience with our little one.💕 The food, drinks, and service were all top-notch! The crews were friendly, attentive, and made sure our glasses were always full. The food was delicious, and the variety was impressive.🙌🏻 Wonderful memories we made today. Thank you to the entire team for your exceptional service and for making our family feel so welcome. We can't wait to come back and do it all again!🥳 Highly recommend for families, couples, and anyone looking for a unique and enjoyable experience!"⛴️
      Written June 22, 2024
    • Scenic43678797288
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience! Would definitely recommend.
      My friend and I went on the 4-course dinner cruise recently and we had a great time! The food was great and the views were beautiful. Our server was very attentive and all of the staff was friendly. We had a great time and would definitely recommend!
      Written June 19, 2024
    • jdhd10
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Lovely and GOOD value
      Had a great time. Nice gentle river cruise along Melbourne River and the food was lovely. Lots on offer with a mix of savoury and sweet - highly recommend trying everything. Service was great - friendly and attentive. Went with my twin daughters but saw larger family groups enjoying a special birthday and romantic couples. Good value when including drinks, food and a cruise!
      Written June 14, 2024
    • jpZ1428GR
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Enjoyed the Williamstown and return trip
      Took the To-Williamstown and Back option. Great way to see some of the sights of Melbourne from a different perspective. Pre-recorded commentary was informative. Added info from the captain (Michael) was current and mostly interesting with some humour. Engine noise was a bit louder than desirable. Be sure to enjoy a complimentary cup of tea as well. 4pm at the Gem Pier to return (10.30am depart Southbank) gave us plenty of time to enjoy Williamstown without it being too long a day.
      Written June 14, 2024
    • O3386IWmatthewm
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great River cruise Melbourne
      Great service , great atmosphere , even better food! I highly recommend this company as the staff and service were of the highest quality.
      Written June 9, 2024
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    4.0
    4.0 of 5 bubbles165 reviews
    Excellent
    60
    Very good
    49
    Average
    26
    Poor
    17
    Terrible
    13

    Kate E
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022
    I booked this tour because the reviews were great. There's only a tiny space in the back to sit outside and it gets super jam packed. The inside of the boat was kind of uncomfortable and it was so loud from other people talking that you couldn't hear the tour guide. I think paid $150 for a family and it wasn't worth it.
    Written April 25, 2022
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    ChandlersForders
    Eastleigh, UK71 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022
    The cruise and the places visited were interesting and pleasant activities on a sunny day. The first mate on the boat gave a great personalised commentary to those outside on the first part of the cruise - otherwise you could not hear. We were then disappointed that we had booked the tours together, but had to change boat for them to accommodate more passengers and there was, therefore, a long delay. This was not the worst part, however - that was the lack of apology and indifference to the fact that it might inconvenience people. Disappointing.
    Written December 24, 2022
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    Hello, We are sorry to hear of your less than satisfactory experience with us and hope you will accept our apologies. Please do not let this isolated incident stop you from giving us a second chance. We would like to make things right and assist you personally and hope you will allow us to speak with you to discuss the situation. Please send us an email at info@melbcruises.com.au or simply contact our office at 03 8610 2600. Thank you.
    Written December 29, 2022
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    Pollard Family
    Nashville, TN204 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The cruise was on a semi cold afternoon…this river boat is 90% enclosed with side windows that open so you’re really not cold. The roof is semi covered with glass that lets the sunlight in warming the compartment. The rear has seating for about 12 people to sit and another 10 to stand. The rear wasn’t windy at all and the picture you can take was incredible. There are two trips you can take … the up river and down river. I purchased both trip so it was a two hour river tour. The tour is mostly a pre-recorded audio tour but the captain and the first officer will answer any question you may have. Learned a lot about Melbourne and the aquatic and land history during the river excursion. They do offer drinks and snack at a cost that was reasonable so I would suggest pre-buying some food prior to getting into the boat if you take the 2 hour tour. The ship berth (berth 2) where you get into your boat has plenty of food / bar around the boat company berth. I truly enjoyed it but I like boat tours everywhere they offer one .
    Written April 14, 2024
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    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to share such a detailed and positive review of your experience with us! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time on our Melbourne Highlights cruise! We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back for another boat tour adventure in the future!
    Written April 16, 2024
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    AliBla
    Brisbane, Australia256 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2022
    We did this cruise on a rainy day, but were still able to enjoy the cruise and the commentary of the scenery as we went past.

    It was worth the money, it was lovely to see the City of Melbourne from the Yarra's point of view.

    Very reasonably priced for two. We booked this cruise from Red Balloon before our trip to Melbourne
    Written October 9, 2022
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    Hello, We really appreciate you sharing your review of our service. Thank you and we hope to see you on board again soon!
    Written October 10, 2022
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    Jules
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2022 • Friends
    What a fabulous morning with Stef giving an incredible insight into the history of not only the Yarra River and its bridges but also so much about Melbourne. His personal account of the affects of the pandemic on the city, the toll it took and the slow recovery that continues was heartwarming. He was a wealth of information, very friendly and a true professional. Thank you Stef.
    Written December 8, 2022
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    Hello, Thank you so much for this 5-star review. We're thrilled to see that we were able to provide you with the "Best day in Melbourne"! Stef will be happy to hear that his hard work has paid off and we will definitely pass on your kind words. I'm sure it will make his day! If there's anything we can do to serve you further, let us know. Have a wonderful day!
    Written December 14, 2022
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    Johanna
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2023
    Went down the Yarra towards the Tennis Centre, MCG, AAMI Park, etc. I loved it. This was a school holiday (January) activity for my 8 year old daughter.

    My only criticism - there is no air-conditioning inside the boat.

    It was 29 degrees outside, a beautiful sunny day. The boat was full of passengers and part of the boat's ceiling is seethrough, so incredibly hot inside.

    Apart from that, the Captain was great and very informative. The ride was enjoyable. I would go on it again, but not on a hot day.
    Written January 17, 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for your wonderful review. We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed the views and our commentary. We truly value your business and we will look for ways to improve our air conditioning. Thank you again. We look forward to seeing you on board always.
    Written January 19, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

    Tigerram
    221 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Was a 2hr cruise, broken with a 30min interval between going upriver then downriver.

    Would have to say there is not that much detail to see from the boat, e.g. botanical gardens so mostly we found the understanding of the different areas of the city useful for subsequent walking around and also some of Melbournes history.
    The commentary is recorded, so lacks some kind of character often experienced with live guides.
    The seats are not built in to the boat, they are cheap chairs placed within the boat.
    There is a bar onboard and complimentary tea/coffee.

    Price seems a little high for the actual experience.
    Written June 13, 2024
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
    Thank you for your feedback on your recent cruise experience. We appreciate your comments about the informative commentary and historical insights. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the seating and the recorded commentary format. As for the price, we strive to offer a value-packed experience that includes complimentary tea/coffee and onboard amenities such as a bar. We appreciate your perspective on this and will take it into consideration as we evaluate our pricing structure. We hope to welcome you aboard again soon and provide an even better experience. Thank you for choosing our cruise.
    Written June 16, 2024
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    Garrali
    Sheffield, UK93 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 February 8, 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 February 12, 2024
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    guennie3
    Cambridge, UK421 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great way to see Melbourne. The two hour two way cruise was relaxing and interesting. The captain described everything we saw in just enough detail and with a great touch of humour. The dock lands were particularly interesting and better seen from the water than the land. Well worth doing this trip.
    Written October 18, 2023
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    Hello, Thank you for leaving us with your review. We're delighted to hear that you had a great time on our Melbourne cruise! Thank you for sharing your positive experience, and we're glad you found it well worth the trip. We hope to welcome you on board again in the future for more memorable moments in Melbourne!
    Written October 23, 2023
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    Getawayfromitall67
    London, UK13 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2022 • Couples
    Boat was running late due to leaking fuel pump so despite arriving as requested, 20 minutes before the ticket time, we had to wait an hour before a replacement boat arrived. Information was sketchy and not announced to everyone. You got an answer if you asked. Crew then loaded passengers from back of queue first which meant my elderly mother and aunt who had waited over an hour had to walk to back of boat and wait longer to sit down. Crew of 3 were pleasant and commentary about the docklands and sporting arenas was good. However most of trip was without commentary and Crew were distracted from time to time by problems with the engine. No tea or coffee was offered or mentioned on board, although you could ask for it. Crew were earing snacks throughout the cruise, which was less than professional. The boat is very basic. Chairs are not fixed, they are just stackable chairs laid out in rows. We felt this would be dangerous in the event of an emergency. It wasn't very comfortable for a 2 hour cruise as they were also on a bit of a slope. What we saw from the boat was lovely and you wouldnt get to see it any other way but the company did little to add to that experience, apart from the expert commentary., which was the only reason we didn't ask for a refund. The man who appeared to be in charge at the ticket booth was overly loud and inappropriately jokey with my mother and aunt when we first arrived, which was not appreciated. He did not appear to support his crew well, leaving them to deal with boat, passengers and delays as best they could. Altogether not a very professionally run excursion.
    Written April 18, 2022
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