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333 reviews   (3.66)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 2 hours

Departs: Melbourne, Melbourne

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Cruise the Yarra River and admire Melbourne's spectacular skyline on a two hour narrated city cruise. Your cruise includes both the down and up river routes, encompassing the scenic river gardens and Herring island with the contrasting port and former-industrial Docklands area; giving you an extensive appreciation of the entire Melbourne region.

What's Included


Drinks (tea and coffee)

Yarra River Cruise

What's Not Included


Hotel pickup and drop-off

No food or drinks are sold on board

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 64
  • SENIOR: Age: 65 - 99

Additional Info

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Note: Passengers may bring a small amount of snacks and drinks on board
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • 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
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Please note the travel date is only required as an indication within 3 months from booking confirmation date
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Service animals allowed
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Melbourne River Cruises
Embark your cruise from lively Southbank

• Admission Ticket Free

Yarra River
Cruise along Melbourne's iconic river and learn of the history and culture of one of the world's most livable cities.

• Admission Ticket Free

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
MCG part of the Melbourne sports precinct that also includes AAMI Park, Olympic Park, Tennis Centre, Rod Laver Arena

• Admission Ticket Free

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Royal Botanic Gardens

• Admission Ticket Free

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cruise past the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and nearby Crown Entertainment Complex

• Admission Ticket Free

See stunning views of the city before travelling to the Docklands and Docklands Stadium

• Admission Ticket Free


Pleasant couple of hours
Dean_P, 20-12-2022
Went both ways on the Yarra River, great sights excellent commentary and the bar on board was in operation too.
Entertaining, educational, and a lovely cruise
Noelene_H, 14-12-2022
The tour guide and skipper of the boat told many stories of the early days of Melbourne, and was extremely entertaining. Loved hearing the history, and the quirky stories. It's also a very beautiful trip along the river.
Best day in Melbourne
Ilovemelbourne2022, 08-12-2022
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.
Great day in beautiful Melbourne
konk123, 12-01-2023
Brilliant. Great commentary. Great value for money. A lovely relaxing way to view Melbourne. Family friendly. Great service.
A very good two hour cruise on the Yarra
bjs1987, 05-01-2023
Lovely cruise on the Yarra with a personable captain. The commentary was just right—interesting, not too much. Enjoyed the two hours aboard the Empress.
Relaxing, great fun and educational
Suziquoo, 05-01-2023
Best part of moving to the country, is coming back to Melbourne as a tourist. A must for visitors and locals. Amazing to see Melbourne and all it offers from the water.
Amazing boat tour ...
Stephanie_I, 02-01-2023
Amazing boat tour
Highly recommend to anyone who loves to hear the history and see beautiful Melbourne from the water.
Pleasant views of Melbourne from the river
M7729QOdavidw, 21-12-2022
Pleasant if unspectacular trip along the Yarra, in two parts, consisting of an hour in each direction from the starting point. The best vantage point on a sunny day was in the open area at the stern.
A nice couple of hours on the water
suebU5143GC, 12-12-2022
A great way to see a bit of Melbourne from the river.
it was our first trip to Melbourne so was quite informative.
Disappointing trip of 2 halves
Trip38065710748, 07-01-2023
Booked the 2 hour trip with very elderly father- staff helpful with boarding. Didn’t realise we had to use 2 boats- involving waiting between trips. Upstream was a much better experience with a much improved commentary. Downstream was awful commentary- minimal and disinterested.Shame you can’t choose your captain. Downstream also dad really unpleasant music playing throughout.
The seats were really quite squashed together- not ideal on a hot day.
Maybe 2 stars.

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