Melbourne Sightseeing cruises

Our most recommended Melbourne Sightseeing cruises

Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

1. Melbourne: 2-Hour City Highlights River Cruise

Climb aboard a pleasure boat with a sundeck for a cruise along the Yarra River in Melbourne for a narrated tour. Glide past landmarks including the Polly Woodside, West Gate Bridge, Southgate, Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Olympic Park, Herring Island, Botanic Gardens, and more. Cruise past beautiful buildings, skyscrapers, bars, and parks. Catch some sun on the sundeck or enjoy the views from the inside cabin. Enjoy a round-trip journey that allows you to really enhance your knowledge of what is known as one of the "most livable cities in the world." Travel both down river and up river to see highlights such as the Docklands Crown Entertainment Complex, West Gate Bridge, a 19th-century sailing ship, the Polly Woodside, Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. Admire up river landmarks, such as Princes Bridge, Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Government House, Olympic Park, Herring Island, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Arts Centre Melbourne, and National Tennis Center where the Australian Open is played.

Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

2. Wilsons Promontory: 2.5-Hour Wilderness Cruise

Travel in the world's first custom-built amphibious boats, designed for cruising waters in comfort and safety. Witness the iconic South Point, the southernmost tip of mainland Australia and cruise into the waters of Bass Strait and Victoria's first marine national park. Discover a rugged and raw coast like no other as you explore The Glennies, Anderson Islets, and Anser Island. Marvel at the prehistoric boulders of Mount Oberon, situated behind the white quartz sands of Norman Beach, before uncovering the iconic granite monolith that is Skull Rock. Sculpted by waves and surrounded by crystal blue waters, Skull Rock's eerie facade becomes even more mysterious as more skull shapes reveal themselves the closer you get. Search for abundant wildlife including thousands of seals, dolphins, and migrating whales.

Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

3. Melbourne: City and Williamstown Ferry Cruise

Embark on a sightseeing cruise along Port Philip Bay to Williamstown. Take in the views of the Melbourne skyline and enjoy insightful audio commentary on board as you sail down the Yarra River. Admire the skyline of Melbourne from a different perspective as you listen to the informative audio commentary. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city center and soak up the sun on the sun deck. Upon arrival in Williamstown, get the choice to take a break in Williamsport and visit the historic seaport, or stay on board and return to Melbourne. Linger in one of the cafés or galleries of Williamstown, known for its heritage buildings such as Customs House. If you choose to take the round-trip option, then just sit back and relax on one of the finest bay cruises on the return journey to Southbank.  

Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

4. Melbourne: 1-Hour Gardens and Sporting Precinct River Cruise

Discover Melbourne’s highlights while cruising along the breathtaking Yarra River. Cruise through downtown Melbourne on this sightseeing tour and listen to the on board commentary that will point out passing attractions and provide interesting tidbits of Melbourne’s history. Enjoy an hour aboard the riverboat as you cruise under the Princes Bridge and past top cultural attractions. Marvel at the magnificent riverbank gardens from the outside sun deck or through the panoramic windows from the inside cabin. On this tour you will also see Herring Island, Princes Bridge, the governor's residence, the Victorian Arts Center, Melbourne Cricket Ground, the Olympic Park, the Royal Botanic Gardens and the National Tennis Center. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea while relaxing and taking in the beautiful city sites. 

Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

5. Phillip Island: Sunset Cruise

Enjoy a leisurely evening sunset cruise through the sheltered waters of Western Port Bay, aboard a modern 19-meter vessel. Grab a chilled drink from the licensed bar (not included in the price of the tour), take in the relaxed atmosphere, and watch the towns light up around the bay as the sun sets. Indulge in some delicious appetizers and keep a lookout for a variety of birdlife. If you're lucky, you may even be able to spot some dolphins and seals. You'll also learn some history as you listen to the captain's commentary on the local area. This cruise is a perfect way to end your day at beautiful Phillip Island.

Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

6. Port of Melbourne & Docklands Cruise with Coffee & Tea

The history of Melbourne centers on its strategic location where the Yarra River empties into Port Phillip Bay. Learn about Melbourne’s early settlement and its evolution from a 19th-century boomtown to the largest port in the Southern Hemisphere on this leisurely, 1-hour river cruise. Relax as you cruise downriver past ultramodern skyscrapers and the active Docklands area, taking in the sights from an outside sundeck or through panoramic windows inside the cabin. During this cruise, you'll get stunning views of Melbourne city center, as well as float past some amazing points of interest, like the Southgate Arts and Leisure Precinct, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, the 19th century sailing ship "Polly Woodside", the World Congress and Trade center, and more - don't forget to bring your cameras!

Mornington Peninsula: Sightseeing Tour with Bay Sailing

7. Mornington Peninsula: Sightseeing Tour with Bay Sailing

Departing from your chosen pickup location in the area, head first to a marvel of nature set upon the pristine Portsea Beach, the London Bridge Lookout. This unique rock formation is a local attraction not to be missed. Savor the moment as you sail the bay on a ferry and enjoy a regional produce picnic lunch while taking in the serene bay views. The tour continues after lunch with a visit to the St. Andrews Brewery. This craft brewery was once a world-class horse training facility. Here you’ll join the locals for a beer paddle tasting and watch the brewers crafting and pouring great brews right from their stable doors. Next, go up to Arthurs Seat and admire the panoramic views from Murrays Lookout across the bay to the city. The final stop is another iconic local attraction, the Peninsula Bathing Boxes. Found on beaches along the coast of the Mornington Peninsula, these renowned bathing boxes are set against the beautiful backdrop of the blue ocean. This is one scene from the day to be remembered. Finally, return to central Melbourne for drop-off at the Mail Exchange Hotel.

Frequently asked questions about Melbourne

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What people are saying about Melbourne

Interesting and entertaining information given about Melbourne, very helpful and professional staff!

Very easy web site to access. Courteous and knowledgeable staff at both the kiosk and on the ferry.

Great scenery, knowledgeable guides, and a comfortable boat ride.

Beautiful scenery. Informative staff. Very well organised.

The Guide was very knowledgeable of the Yarra River.