Yarra River Cruises

Half Day or Less

Yarra River Cruises offer sightseeing tours along the Yarra River in Melbourne from the heart of the city. They are a few minutes walk from Flinders Street Railway Station and Federation Square.

They offer one hour sightseeing cruises along the Yarra River. You have a choice to go upstream to Herring Island, passing by Melbourne’s famous sporting precinct and the Royal Botanical Gardens, or downstream to Docklands and the Port of Melbourne. If you have the time, why not do both. All tours start and end at Federation Wharf.

Yarra River Cruises offer live commentary, complimentary tea and coffee, a large sun deck, full size bathrooms and friendly service. There is also a bar on board with ice cold drinks and snacks for sale.

The company also offers river transfers for groups up to 150 and can also host your private function.

You won’t experience the true charm of Melbourne without a river cruise on the Yarra River with Yarra River Cruises.

You can’t miss them – they have the Big Red Boat.


Basic Disabled access available ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia Family Friendly Free Wifi Half Day or Less Public Toilet Sightseeing Tours Visitor Information Centre Water - Motorised


From $20 to $25

After departing from Federation Wharf on the Parks, Gardens & Sporting Precinct Cruise, you pass by Birrarung Marr, a park next to Federation Square. Birrarung is the traditional Aboriginal name of the Yarra River, and ‘Marr’ refers to the mist that sometimes settles over the Birrarung (river).

On your way to Herring Island, you pass by some of Melbourne’s world famous sporting arenas, ornate historical bridges and Royal Botanic Gardens, the second largest in the world.

The sporting precinct includes the Melbourne Cricket Ground, home of the 1956 Olympic games, and famous for cricket and Australian Rules football, Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam, and AAMI Park Stadium, were soccer and rugby are played.

Further upstream is the the trendy suburb of South Yarra, the gentrified suburb of Richmond and the Australia’s second most expensive suburb, Toorak.

This peaceful part of the Yarra offers beautiful views of the river and the enchanting spires of Melbourne’s skyline on your way back to the city. The tree lined Yarra River captures the true charm of Melbourne and is only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Your Melbourne River cruise returns in one hour.

Family Friendly Public Toilet

From $20 to $60

As you travel downstream to the Port of Melbourne, on a Yarra River Cruise, you pass many of the Melbourne’s modern and historical highlights.

These include Princes Bridge, the oldest bridge running over the Yarra River, Southgate, with its abundance of excellent eateries, Crown Casino, the largest in Australia, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, and Polly Woodside, home of the Melbourne’s Maritime Museum.

Next is South Wharf Precinct, with a host of cafes and pubs on the edge of the water, the historical Mission to Seafarers Mission, founded in 1857, Webb Bridge – a unique walkway designed to represent an Aboriginal eel trap and the Yarra’s Edge Marina development.

Further downstream is the Docklands Precinct, Victoria Harbour and Marvel Sporting Stadium, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and the famous West Gate Bridge, linking the western suburbs to the city and beyond. Melbourne is the busiest container port in Australia and is a vital link in Australia’s growth and economy.

Enjoy the commentary for the first half of the cruise, sit back and enjoy the return on our large outdoor deck as you take in the city skyline as you enjoy your Melbourne River Cruise.

Family Friendly Public Toilet

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