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Melbourne river cruises for 2022

Forget about traffic and sore feet and see the sights of Melbourne from the water.

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Getting around Melbourne, seeing the sights or celebrating a special occasion doesn't have to be done on land, thanks to the Yarra River and a great choice of Melbourne cruises.

Boogie your way along with an onboard DJ, soak up the sights, sip champagne or tuck into a high tea on one of these cruises.

Our top picks for Melbourne river cruises

Private Dinner Cruise for 2

Private Dinner Cruise for 2 from Adrenaline

Best for: Romance

    Highlights:
    • 3-course meal with wine
    • Luxury boat with quiet motor
    • Experienced skipper
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        Melbourne City Sightseeing Cruise

        Melbourne City Sightseeing Cruise from Experience Oz

        Best for: Sightseeing

          Highlights:
          • Views of Melbourne skyline
          • Live commentary from an experienced guide
          • Tea and coffee provided
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              Melbourne Cruising Restaurant

              Melbourne Cruising Restaurant from Experience Oz

              Best for: Food

                Highlights:
                • 4-course meal including drinks
                • 3-hour cruise past city landmarks
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                    Why you can trust our recommendations for river cruises in Melbourne

                    • We compared river cruises in Melbourne with top brands such as RedBalloon, Adrenaline, Viator and Groupon to find the top experiences.
                    • We put ourselves in your shoes and considered what most people would look for when booking experiences, whether it's location, price, inclusions or availability.
                    • When possible, we'll include first-hand reviews of our river cruises in Melbourne.

                    Melbourne river cruises: Compare locations, features and inclusions

                    River cruiseDeparts fromDurationWhat does the cruise include?Where to book
                    Bottomless Brunch CruiseSouthbank Promenade2 hours
                    • 2-hour brunch cruise
                    • Sweet and savoury options
                    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
                    RedBalloon
                    Private Dinner Cruise for 2Newquay Promenade1.5 hours
                    • 1.5-hour private cruise
                    • 3-course dinner
                    • Beer, wine and spirits
                    • Experienced skipper
                    Adrenaline
                    Yarra River Cruise with High TeaDocklands2 hours
                    • 2-hour cruise
                    • Traditional high tea
                    • Glass of sparkling, tea and coffee
                    Adrenaline
                    Williamstown Ferry Sightseeing CruiseSouthbank Promenade1 hour
                    • 1-hour sightseeing cruise from Melbourne to Williamstown
                    • Option to book round trip
                    Klook
                    Melbourne City Sightseeing CruiseSouthbank Promenade2 hours
                    • 2-hour sightseeing cruise, including Port and Docklands and Royal Botanic Gardens views
                    • Live commentary
                    Experience Oz
                    Melbourne Cruising RestaurantSouthbank Promenade3 hours
                    • 3-hour dinner cruise
                    • 4-course meal
                    • Beverages including premium wines, beer and spirits
                    Experience Oz
                    Melbourne City to Williamstown CruiseSouthbank Promenade2 hours
                    • 2-hour return cruise from Melbourne to Williamstown
                    • Live commentary
                    Experience Oz
                    Melbourne Port & Docklands Sightseeing CruiseSouthbank Promenade1 hour
                    • 1-hour sightseeing cruise including Port and Docklands views
                    • Live commentary
                    Experience Oz
                    Melbourne River Gardens Sightseeing CruiseSouthbank Promenade1 hour
                    • 1-hour sightseeing cruise, including Royal Botanic Gardens views
                    • Live commentary
                    Experience Oz
                    Bottomless Cocktail CruiseFederation Wharf2 hours
                    • 2-hour cruise
                    • Bottomless cocktails
                    • Music
                    Yarra River Cruises
                    Bottomless Brunch CruiseFederation Wharf2 hours
                    • 2-hour cruise
                    • Bottomless brunch
                    • Music
                    Yarra River Cruises

                    Where can I book a river cruise in Melbourne?

                    • ​​Melbourne River Cruises
                    • City River Cruises
                    • Williamstown Bay & River Cruises
                    • Magic Charters
                    • Spirit of Melbourne
                    • Yarra River Cruises
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                    Name Product Voucher validity Is there a sign up discount? Is price matching available? Can I book exclusive experiences? Where to book
                    Adrenaline
                    Adrenaline - River cruises in Melbourne
                    5 years
                    $10
                    No
                    Yes
                    RedBalloon
                    RedBalloon - River Cruises in Melbourne
                    5 years
                    $10
                    Yes
                    Yes
                    Klook
                    Klook - River cruises in Melbourne
                    Depends on the individual experience
                    No
                    Yes
                    Yes
                    Experience Oz
                    Experience Oz - River cruises in Melbourne
                    3 years
                    $10
                    Yes
                    Yes
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                    Frequently asked questions about Melbourne river cruises

                    Where do Melbourne river cruises depart from?

                    Melbourne river cruises depart from all over the city including Southbank, Docklands and Federation Wharf.

                    How long do Melbourne river cruises go for?

                    Melbourne river cruises can be 1 to 3 hours in length.

                    Can I take children on a river cruise?

                    Yes, in most cases there are no age limits and children are allowed to join the cruise. On some licensed vessels, you must be over the age of 18.

                    What happens if there is bad weather on the day of my scheduled river cruise?

                    Depending on the severity of the weather, some cruises may need to reschedule or alter their route. Wet weather may necessitate changes such as indoor seating instead of outdoor seating. If the weather looks bad be prepared to dress warmly, pack wet weather clothes and contact your cruise company.

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