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Melbourne River Cruises

Melbourne River Cruises has been showcasing the city and its landmarks for over 30 years. You cruise past major attractions like the Botanic Gardens, the MCG and sporting precinct, Federation Square, Southbank, Docklands and on to Williamstown.

Cruises operate every day of the year with both Sightseeing Cruises and the Williamstown Ferry. Every cruise comes with interesting and informative commentary and complimentary tea and coffee.

The Melbourne River Cruises vessels are a unique venue option for private celebrations and special events. With a fleet of seven fully enclosed vessels, each with its own viewing deck, they can cater to many function and event requirements, sizes and styles. Each vessel has large windows and an outside deck area for viewing the Yarra River and its surrounding scenery, as well as on-board amenities and staff to assist passengers along their river cruise.

There are three main sightseeing cruises. The Port and Dockland Cruise is a one hour cruise that meanders past the Melbourne CBD and one of the busiest trading ports in the Southern hemisphere. Victoria Docks gives a snapshot of our rich maritime heritage. The River Gardens Cruise is also a one hour cruise. Within moments of departing Melbourne’s cultural Arts precinct you cruise through Melbourne’s picturesque gardens, parkland’s and some of the city’s famous sporting arenas. You can combine both the River Gardens and Port & Docklands cruise to enjoy the complete river cruising experience (two hours). View the contrasting scenery of Melbourne that has made it one of the “Most Liveable Cities in the World”. For all cruises you can call the kiosk after 9:45am to check the schedule on +61 3 8610 2600.

The other main cruising is on the Williamstown Ferry Trips. If you’re looking for a river cruise that ventures out into Port Philip Bay, the Williamstown ferry trip is an ideal option. Beginning in the city at Southbank, this leisurely cruise starts with a journey down the Yarra river, passing a number of familiar attractions along the way, and it is a two-hour round trip. These cruises are not wheelchair accessible unless you are able to stand and transfer a few steps down into the vessel.

For a great night out, the Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant offers a unique experience. With a tantalising menu and a vibrant atmosphere, you’ll enjoy dinner while you cruise down the Yarra by night. Set aside a leisurely four hours and indulge in a delicious, all-inclusive 4 course meal (plus beverages) while taking in the stunning views. There are multiple choices for the main course, allowing you to select the dish that best appeals to your tastebuds (includes vegetarian options). There’s also a Sunday Buffet Lunch on the Spirit of Melbourne from 12:30pm to 2:30pm where you cruise the Yarra while enjoying an array of hot and cold buffet dishes, fresh salads and desserts.

The departure point is from Southbank Promenade Berth Three (just across from the Langham Hotel on the river’s edge). Here is a link to the official Melbourne River Cruises website.


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