The Melbourne region boasts 2 rivers. The Yarra River that runs through the heart of the Melbourne CBD and the Maribyrnong River located in the north–western suburbs of Melbourne.
Both rivers carry recreational boats, water taxis, commercial boats and ferries, tugs and of course container ships.
Melbourne River Cruises are carried out on both rivers, serviced by independent contractors right throughout the year with special tours being offered at times like the Melbourne Cup, Moomba, Christmas and New Year.
These tours along the Melbourne waterways can be enjoyed by tourists, party groups and business get togethers. Each tour brings to the table a unique set of activities, whatever the occasion.
Tour boats can be a variety of water going vehicles from river ferry boats touring the Yarra River, to slow romantic gondola tours gliding along the river in the warmer summer months.
There is even a Tramboat that runs Melbourne river cruises along the Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers.
One of the great pleasures of touring in Venice is the chance to sit back in a luxurious gondola and be slowly glided past the old buildings and fascinating waterways.
You can actually experience something similar right here in the central business district of Melbourne. Gliding past 100's of years worth of old buildings etc may not be what you see on your tour but you will get to understand and appreciate how this amazing city has grown and continues to do so.
An excellent way to tour with a group gathering or perhaps a fun way to celebrate with family and friends has to be the unique Melbourne Tramboat
Cruising both ends of the Yarra River, the Maribyrnong River and out into Melbourne's Docklands, the little vessel passes Melbourne's attractions, is dwarfed by huge container ships and passes under both the Bolte and Westgate bridges.
She even makes her way over to Williamstown on good weather days.
For a total indulgence and memorable time, why not sit back and let the experts look after you on your next Melbourne river cruise.
There are so many different varieties to choose from, depending on what you want to achieve, what you want to see and what your budget dictates.
Cruising The Yarra River
Embarkation Point For Riverland Cruisers
Onboard The Cruiser On The Yarra
Melbourne is such a pretty city and one of the best ways to really see what she has to offer is to enjoy the view from a totally different perspective. The Yarra and Maribyrnong Rivers offer the best views.
The city is changing so dramatically with constant changes to the rivers' shorelines. The docklands are exciting to cruise through with visits from cruise ships, container ships and visiting sailing boats.
Melbourne at night is beautiful and experiencing the city from on board a cruiser would have to be a totally memorable experience.