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1 or 2-Hour Sightseeing Cruise on Yarra River

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Sail the Yarra River for 1-2 hours and soak in Melbourne's best views by choosing from 03 equally tempting cruise options covering must-see spots.


  • Spend 1-2 hours, cruising along the serene Yarra River, taking in just how marvellous Melbourne is. Choose from three equally worthy cruises.

  • Cruise along the D&D Stadium, World Congress & Trade Centre, and the famous Polly Woodside by opting for the Ports and Docklands Cruise.

  • For spectacular views of the Royal Botanical Gardens and Herring Island, opt for the 1hr Parks and Gardens Cruise. Or, have it all by selecting 'Melbourne Highlights Cruise'.

  • The Highlights Cruise offers onboard commentary, so you learn as you see. Lean back with a beverage you can purchase onboard.

  • Fun fact: Many animals call Yarra River home, including 18 different species of frogs and 170 bird species!


  • 1 or 2-hour sightseeing cruise

  • Ports and Docklands Cruise, Parks and Gardens Cruise, Melbourne Highlights Cruise (based on option selected)

  • Commentary (Highlights cruise)


  • Beverages (can be purchased on the cruise)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Ratings & Reviews

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  • New Zealand
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  • India
  • United Kingdom
Guests from New Zealand, Canada, United States and over 7 countries have loved this experience
Guy grant



Apr, 2024

The tour had a half hour break in the middle that wasn't clearly mentioned before which then put other commitments out as extra time hadn't been allocated. Accidents bought extra ticket but unable to do anything about it as you had to call the company.
Amanda Oldham



Mar, 2024

Weather was amazing and the commentary was top notch. Very informative and interesting. A nice relaxing afternoon with refreshments provided. The crew were particularly helpful to people with extra needs getting on and off board.
Dennis Joseph O'Brien



Mar, 2024

The captain was great; friendly and very competent. The tour down stream was fabulous. Lots to see! The trip upstream was ok but not really worth the time or money.
Marco Carati



Apr, 2024

The cruise was nice and ticketing service was quick and efficient.
Anjali Behl



Apr, 2024

Beautiful experience, great crew, fun activity to do with family

Melbourne, how the river sees it

Sail the beautifully calm Yarra River from where everything in Melbourne looks even better. You can choose from 02 different routes, each offering equally tempting views and photo-ops. Or, you can choose to have it all in one go. To get a pulse of Melbourne's thriving culture, opt for the Ports and Docklands Cruise. Cruise along the World Congress & Trade Centre, Crown Entertainment Complex, and the shipping docks for an hour.

For a serene experience that's slightly more relaxing (it's all about parks, gardens, and recreation), pick the 1hr Parks and Gardens Cruise. Pass through various sporting arenas part of the Melbourne & Olympic Parks including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Rod Laver Arena. Also, see if you can tell that the Herring Island isn't real.

Choices are hard. If you don't want to choose, go for the Melbourne Highlights Cruise to enjoy 2 hours of sailing taking in everything listed below. Additionally, this cruise brings you onboard commentary so you're perfectly aware of everything you see.


  • Ports and Docklands Cruise

  • Southgate Arts & Leisure Precinct

  • Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

  • 19th Century sailing ship “Polly Woodside”

  • Crown Entertainment Complex

  • World Congress & Trade Centre

  • Bolte Bridge & Westgate Bridge

  • Shipping Channels and dock area

  • Docklands and Docklands Stadium

  • Melbourne CBD views

  • Parks and Gardens Cruise

  • Federation Square

  • Royal Botanic Gardens

  • Government House

  • Melbourne & Olympic Parks

  • Herring Island

  • Melbourne Highlights Cruise

  • All landmarks covered in both of the cruises above.

What's not allowed

  • Guests appearing intoxicated may not be permitted onboard.


  • The cruise is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Additional information

  • Children will have to remain seated at all times during the cruise.

  • Ensure you check-in at the ticket kiosk 15 minutes before departure.

  • Australian citizens enjoy reduced prices with concession tickets. Please bring your valid IDs.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please arrive at the boarding point 15 mins before the scheduled time of your visit to avoid any delays.

  • Display the voucher on your mobile phone with a valid photo ID at the boarding point.

Boarding point

  • Board your cruise at Melbourne River Cruises.

  • Address: Berth 2, Southbank Promenade, Southbank VIC 3006, Australia.

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