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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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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
  • Scenic, hassle-free ferry journey from Melbourne to Williamstown
  • 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
  • Scenic, hassle-free ferry journey from Melbourne to Williamstown
  • 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
Call +1 855 275 5071
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 travelers can participate
  • 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 10 travelers
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 travelers can participate
  • 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 10 travelers
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Lyn C
Melbourne, Australia112 contributions
Melbournes Own River Ferry
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 August 1, 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 August 2, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sara
Mt Martha, Australia4 contributions
Melbourne River Cruise
Apr 2021 • Couples
Really enjoyed the cruise. Relaxing and interesting. Would recommend to families and couples. Williamstown is a nice place to visit
Written April 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
MRC M
Hello, Thanks for your positive review! We cannot agree more, Williamstown is a beautiful place to visit, especially for the fish 'n' chips! Come visit us again soon!
Written April 18, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia8,694 contributions
Across the Bay to Williamstown
Jun 2020
Williamstown was once Victoria's principle port but now it's a bayside suburb. . The cruise down the Yarra River and across Port Phillip Bay is an entertaining way of seeing Melourne close up. It's worth spending some time looking around Williamstown, it has some of the best gelato in Victoria. The Bay is normally calm, you are unlikely to get sea-sick
Written June 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hello Jeffry, its great to hear that you had fun on your cruise down the Yarra River. We hope we’ll get to see you again soon!
Written January 4, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Be E
1 contribution
Great Day.
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 April 19, 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 May 11, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mick Chamberlain
55 contributions
Day Out
Mar 2020
Saw the river trips advertised got the tickets and got on board fantastic river trip takes an hour full Commentary all the way well worth going would recommend.
Written March 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Micky, thank you so much for travelling with Melbourne River Cruises. We really appreciate your kind words. We would love to have you on board again!
Written March 19, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Yvonne D
PERTH3 contributions
Yvonne
Mar 2020 • Family
Great commentary all the way to Williamstown funny, informative. And plenty left to look up for yourself.
Written March 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, thank you so much for your kind words. We look forward to seeing you on board again!
Written March 13, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nangus
Wagga Wagga, Australia226 contributions
Informative and sort of comfortable
Feb 2020 • Couples
Sort of comfortable? It was 43c so not their fault, too bloody hot to be outside but we went anyway. Great commentary from the Captain, a bit of wisdom and humour. Williamstown on a stinking hot day is not great. Plenty to see for two thirds but working ports are what they are.
Written February 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Nangus, thank you so much for your feedback! We look forward to seeing you again someday in a nicer weather to fully enjoy our cruise!
Written March 19, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Giovanna G
1 contribution
Ferry trip
Jan 2020
Excellent commentary by the captain, sights along the Yarra and bay worth seeing, Williamstown a beautiful place for lunch etc
Written January 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi there, we really appreciate your feedback and yes, Williamstown is definitely a wonderful place. We look forward to seeing you again on our cruises!
Written March 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kelly C
5 contributions
Loved it ❤️
Jan 2020 • Family
Myself and 16 yr old done the river cruise from city to Williamstown.We both loved it.The captain and his team were great, friendly and the comentry was funny and interesting.It was windy and the water was choppy,but we felt comfy and secure.Heaps of room to move around.Would definitely recommend and I would certainly do it again 😁 cheers guys for the memory.
Written January 22, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Kelly. We are pleased to hear that you had enjoyed the cruise. We look forward to seeing you again on board!
Written March 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

SylviaTourstein
1,168 contributions
Simple and enjoyable day boat ride
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 January 18, 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 March 19, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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A pleasant sight-seeing voyage
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