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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.

Yarra river in Melbourne Australia - perfect venue for a riverboat cruiseAriel view over the Yarra River in Melbourne, Australia

No' 1 - Sightseeing In A Gondola

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.

Venice On The Yarra
Melbourne Guided 30 Minute Punting Tour

Go punting on the lake in the heart of Melbourne city during a 30 minute guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Sit back and soak in the peaceful ambience and lush views as you gently cruise along the lake in a wooden punt. Led by a professional punter, listen to fascinating commentary about Melbourne's history and native wildlife as you take in the sights and islands of the Ornamental Lake in the gardens.

  • Enjoy a smooth ride in an elegant wooden punt
  • Unique water level views of the picturesque Ornamental Lake
  • Your friendly guide will deliver commentary about the history of the area and local wildlife
  • Perfect for that intimate tour feel as punts are not shared with other groups
  • Serene views of Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens, one of the world’s finest gardens
  • Guided punting tours are available from September to May running to a scheduled timetable between 10.30am and 5pm.

Note ... This experience is seasonal and is available September to May

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No' 2 - Cruise On The Tramboat

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 Melbourne River Cruises experience.

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.

It is basically a cross between a boat and an old Melbourne green tram. These cruise vessels are quite unique looking with a fully enclosed lower deck and an open upper deck to take in the scenery as you cruise past ships, docking yards, skyscrapers and parks and gardens.

On board you will find excellent facilities that include comfortable lounge seating, a stereo system with a wide selection of music, a fully licensed bar and men's and ladies amenities. 

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No' 3 - Take It Easy - Melbourne River Cruises

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.

Melbourne River Cruises you may enjoy

Melbourne Port & Docklands
Cruise

This 1-hour sightseeing cruise will venture past some of the city's most iconic sites such as the Crown Entertainment Complex, Westgate Bridge, 19th-century sailing ship, Polly Woodside, World Congress and Trade Centre and the city skyline.

With live commentary throughout the journey from the onboard crew, you'll learn about the region as you explore it. Food and drinks are available to purchase on board, however, you are allowed to bring your own light snacks and refreshments.

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Melbourne River Gardens
Sightseeing Cruise

Take in some of Melbourne's beautiful sights with a cruise along the iconic Yarra River. Cruising for a total of 1-hour, you'll be able to take in views of Federation Square, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Olympic Park and Herring Island to name a few.

With live commentary throughout the journey from the onboard crew, you'll learn about the region as you explore it. Food and drinks are available to purchase on board, however, you are allowed to bring your own light snacks and refreshments.

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Cruising The Yarra River

Cruising along the Yarra River passing Melbourne's crown Casino and other top attractions

Embarkation Point For Riverland Cruisers

Riverboat touring the Yarra River. This is the embarkation point at the bottom of Princes Bridge

Onboard The Cruiser On The Yarra

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 Melbourne River Cruises on the Dockland Harbour

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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.

Melbourne Australia night skylight taken from the banks of the Yarra RiverCruising The Yarra River At Night
Melbourne night sky with riverboat cruiser docked at Southbank, Melbourne AustraliaMelbourne Skyline And Yarra River At Night

Melbourne Cruising Restaurant for 3 hours including food & beverages

Enjoy one of Melbourne's most unique dining experiences with a delicious 4 course meal aboard the Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant as it winds its way along the calm waters of the Yarra River past the glowing city lights of Melbourne! Over the course of 3 hours, you'll enjoy freshly-prepared food as well as a number of included beverages - both alcoholic and soft drinks - for the duration of your cruise included in the price of admission.

Seeing Melbourne city at night provides an entirely new viewpoint on the skyline, which you'll be able to view from either the expansive viewing windows indoors or outside on the viewing deck.

Enjoy a tantalising tasting platter to start, then follow it up with your choice of several mains including chicken, fish, beef, lamb and a vegetarian option to ensure all tastes are covered. Indulge your sweet tooth with a selection of mini desserts, then cap everything off with a lovely cheese platter consisting of a number of Aussie cheeses, crackers, fruit and nuts. Ideal for both celebrating special occasions or simply for a classy and relaxing night out, this Melbourne dinner cruise is one of the more special ways to dine out in Victoria's capital.

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